CONNECTIONS: The 2019-20 Season
We are pleased to announce our fifteenth season, CONNECTIONS, featuring adventurous contemporary choral works about the ways we connect - or fail to connect - with others through music, language, technology, and shared experience. With multiple word premieres and partnerships with piano/violin duo aTonalHits, composers Bruce Saylor and Robert Ouyang Rusli, visual artist Jesse Kipp, and more, this is bound to be an exciting year. We hope to see you at an upcoming concert!
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Cycle 1 - Connections
November 14 & 16, 2019
Cycle 2 - Babel
March 12 & 14, 2020
Cycle 3 - Identity
June 4 & 6, 2020
New C4 recording makes world premiere in Macedonia
C4 was invited to record a new choral piece for poet/artist Zsuzsanna Ardó's art installation, "Rape of Nature," which recently opened in Macedonia. Ardó's poetry was set to music by C4 cofounder Jonathan David, and C4's recording of "Blue Planet" was an audio component of the exhibit. Read more about this piece in this interview, which can be translated to English.
2019 Chorus America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming
We are thrilled to announce that C4 has won the 2019 Chorus America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming. This is the second time C4 has won this prestigious award, the first time being in 2014.
The Chorus America/ASCAP Adventurous Programming Awards recognize choruses that demonstrate a sustained commitment to adventurous programming through performances of choral music written in the last 25 years.
The Choral Composer/Conductor Collective is a unique ensemble of singers, composers and conductors, performing pieces written within the last 25 years, premiering and commissioning new choral works, and mentoring emerging singers, composers, and conductors of today's choral music.
In a city teeming with exceptional vocal ensembles of every kind, C4 is a standout, not just because of their fine programming and unique collaborative structure, but also for their consistently beautiful and balanced sound, excellent precision, warmth, and energy.
~ Lauren Alfano, I Care If You Listen
A highlight was Niimi’s Concerto for Chorus (Bios)...which was given a scintillating account by 18 singers in the ensemble C4, with Timothy Brown conducting...[T]his nine-minute a cappella work for mixed chorus featured much divisi writing and complex polyrhythms that Brown and the singers transformed into exhilarating vocal pyrotechnics.
~ John Fleming, Classical Voice North America
Their subtly attuned awareness of each others' musical movements makes their technical virtuosity seem near effortless.
~ Jean Ballard Terepka, Theatre Scene
They seem to revel in the challenges other choirs avoid like the plague. ... The group's dynamic is a lesson in exceeding expectations.
~ Christian Carey, Sequenza 21
(photos by Keith Goldstein unless otherwise noted)