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. For the past two Seasons we presented two of our four concerts in the beautiful new Concert Hall at the Adelphi University Performing Arts Center and we are returning there again this Season for our annual December performance of Messiah, Part I and our March performance of Bachís Mass in B minor. The November and May concerts are being presented in a new venue...the auditorium at South Side Middle School in Rockville Centre.

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. The Choral Society was privileged to sing 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 performances of Mahlerís Eighth Symphony on November 9, 2007 and January 14, 2013 with the Canterbury Choral Society of New York conducted by one of Meredith Bakerís mentors, 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. Bachís Mass in B minor will return this Season on March 14, 2015 at the Adelphi University Performing Arts Center...the Long Island Choral Societyís first performance of this masterpiece in that venue. Donít miss a minute of this wonderful music.

 

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