THE LONG ISLAND CHORAL SOCIETY is proud of its unique existence as the
oldest continuously performing musical group on Long Island. It was founded in 1929
by Dr. Maurice Garabrant who was the organist at the Cathedral of the Incarnation in
Garden City. Norman Hollett and Robert Kennedy, both organists at the Cathedral,
were subsequent conductors. In 1979, Meredith Elaine Baker became the fourth
conductor when the Choral Society became independent of the Cathedral. Only one
of this Seasonís four concerts will be presented in that historic setting. Two concerts,
including the annual performance in December of Handel's Messiah, Part I will be
presented in the beautiful new Concert Hall at the Adelphi University Performing Arts
Center. The May Concert, featuring lighter music, and the Winners of the 32nd Annual
Young Artist Competition will be presented in the Worship Hall of the Unitarian
Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock in Manhasset.
The Long Island Choral Society has a reputation for singing the finest works of choral
music in performances of the highest caliber with professional soloists and orchestras.
This fine all-volunteer choir is comprised of more than fifty singers, both amateur and
professional, who come from more than forty communities in the Metropolitan area.
Among singers of note who have performed with the Long Island Choral Society in the
past are John Charles Thomas, Robert Merrill, Gladys Swarthout, Ray deVoll, Betsy
Norden, Muriel Costa-Greenspon, and more recently Gary Glaze, Gregory Mercer,
and Patrick Carfizzi.
Since 1929, the Long Island Choral Society has presented premiere performances of
music by Honegger, Langlais, Britten, Bernstein, and Stravinsky. They also performed
in the movie This is Cinerama. In 1985 and 1986, the Long Island Choral Society sang
with the U.S. Military Academy Band at West Point in their 1812 Overture Concert on
Labor Day Weekend, the first non-military group to do so. In addition to concerts at
many other locations, the Choral Society sang at Federal Hall in New York City during
the celebration of the Bicentennial of the U.S. Constitution in 1987.
For the 60th Anniversary Season in 1989, the Long Island Choral Society performed
Verdiís Requiem for a standing room only audience at the Cathedral. In 1998, they
again performed Verdiís Requiem, but this time it was for their debut in Carnegie Hall
with MidAmerica Productions. Verdiís Requiem returned in 2009 as they celebrated
their Eightieth Anniversary. They have appeared at Carnegie Hall several times
including a performance of Mahlerís Eighth Symphony on November 9, 2007 with the
Canterbury Choral Society of New York conducted by one of Meredith Bakerís mentors,
Charles Dodsley Walker. They will return to Carnegie Hall on November 3, 2012 for
an encore performance of Mahlerís Eighth Symphony with the Canterbury Choral
Society, again conducted by Charles Dodsley Walker.
In July 1990, the Long Island Choral Society traveled to Italy for its first foreign concert
tour. In July 1992, an ensemble toured Holland, France, and Germany, singing a total
of six concerts in thirteen days.
The Seventy-sixth Season was very special with our first performance of Bachís Mass in
B minor since 1990 and the establishment of the Endowment Fund. Our Eighty-fourth
Season brings you, among other great works, Vivaldiís Gloria and a new edition of
Mozartís Requiem. Order your season tickets today and make a donation now so that
YOU donít miss a minute of this wonderful music.