C4's 2023-2024 Season
C4 is happy to announce our November/December Concerts!
We will partner with the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts on November 9 and New Jersey City University Concert Chorale on December 3. Our formal concert will be Friday, November 10 at St. Lukes.
The concerts will include new works by C4 members inspired by objects in the library's extensive collection and the New Jersey concert will include compositions by NJCU students.
Thursday, November 9
Library for the Performing Arts - 111 Amsterdam Avenue, NYC
6pm - FREE
Friday, November 10
The Church of St. Luke in the Fields - 487 Hudson Street, NYC
8pm (Tickets from $10-$40)
In Person and Live-Streamed
Sunday, December 3
with New Jersey City University Concert Chorale
2039 Kennedy Boulevard, Jersey City, NJ
3pm - FREE
Rich Man by Cynthia Shaw*, poetry by Elizabeth Rooney
Las Flechas del Inca by Victor Sotomayor, poetry by early 20th c. Peruvian writer Manuel Gonzáles Prada)
H U M A N by Santiago Veros, lyrics by Joe Hazell
Human emerges as a protest, originating from the stifled echoes that gather strength to forge an unignorable resonance.
Journey by James Primosch to words of Meister Eckhart , a 12th c. German Catholic theologian, philosopher and mystic.
Blame Grace by Grace Tyson*, based on "Book of Changes" IChing,
composed using John Cage's I Ching Method
A Hetedik by Daniel Andor-Ardó* based on the well-known Hungarian poem by Atilla József, a magical and folkloristic dance through the stages and challenges of life. This piece will be sung in Hungarian.
Don't Follow Don't Fall by Ayanna Woods, a meditation on Jaden Smith's tweets.
Vertue by Judith Weir based on poetry by 17th c. English poet, George Herbert
Treehouse of Amplified Stars by Hannah Cai Sobel* based on poetry of Reuben Gelley Newman
Monkfish, words and music by Alexa Letourneau*, influenced by Meredith Monk and sung in Icelandic.
* Indicates C4 Member
On March 15 and 16, 2024 we will return with a program of works by both C4 and non-C4 composers, highlighting the broad range of modern choral music.
Finally, in June, we will present an semi-operatic concert focused on the life of Arthur Rimbaud, featuring Une Saison En Enfer, by the late composer Steven Gerber, along with new music by C4 composers, following the story of Rimbaud's sudden appearance on the Parisian scene, his disappearance to become a merchant in Africa, and his rise to literary prominence in absentia.
C4 Summer 2023 Workshops
Thanks to everyone who joined us for our singing, composing and conducting workshops this past summer! We had a great time singing through pieces and helping people level up their conducting skills. We'll see everyone at future workshops.
Spring 2023 Concert:
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)