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DCINY Presents All-Jenkins Program at Carnegie Hall

(November 2015)

JenkinsWebStory-CreditRhysFrampton-EMIClassics.jpg Distinguished Concerts International New York presents "The Music of Karl Jenkins: A Concert for Peace" on 18 January.

Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY) presents a massive concert at Carnegie Hall every year in celebration of its Composer-in-Residence, Sir Karl Jenkins. This year, members from well over a dozen ensembles will participate in this festive event. The concert on 18 January will include performances of The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace and Te Deum, in addition to Jenkins’ hit global phenomenon, Adiemus: Songs of Sanctuary (in a version for treble voices). In light of recent world events, the concert, titled "The Music of Karl Jenkins: A Concert for Peace," strikes a felicitous tone.

DCINY Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Jonathan Griffith has been a stalwart champion of the music of Karl Jenkins. For years, Griffith has led a host of orchestras and choirs in performances of Jenkins’ music, having given the US premieres of many of the composer’s works such as Stabat Mater, The Healer, and The Bards of Wales, among others.

Coming together for this DCINY concert, the precision-selected members of the Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Distinguished Concerts Singers International join together with choirs which include:

CantiChor Sargans
Cantoria Macon
First Presbyterian Chancel Choir
Lincoln Choral Society
Lucis and Bath Spa University Choir
Oakham House Choir of Ryerson University
Philharmonischer Chor Liedertafel Neustadt an der Weinstraße
St Patrick's Academy Choir
Winscombe Community Choir
Christ's School Choir
Coleraine Grammar School Chamber Choir
Giovani Cantori dell''Accademia Vocale di Genova
Pennsbury HS Women's Ensemble
Voces Blancas de Valladolid
Wycombe High School Choir
Pennsbury HS Concert Choir & Pennsbury Community Chorus

For more information on this event, click here.

Still with the Music is the new autobiography by Karl Jenkins, written with Sam Jackson and published by Elliott & Thompson (978-1783961375). The Welsh-born composer, recently knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for "services to composing and crossing musical genres", is one of the world’s most popular and widely performed living composers. To tie in with the book publication, Warner Classics is releasing a new compilation disc (2564610053) and a box set entitled Voices (2564610051). The collection contains seven of Jenkins’s chart-topping discs together with the first release of his latest work for choir and ensemble, The Healer, a cantata for St. Luke on the theme of healing. (Click here for more information.)

Current composing projects include a new work for chorus and orchestra, commissioned by S4C to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Aberfan Tragedy in October 1966, when a waste tip slid down a mountainside to engulf houses and a junior school, killing 144. Jenkins is also writing a motet for the Cantoria de la Merced from Córdoba in Argentina, who won the recent choral competition organized by Boosey & Hawkes.

Photo: Rhys Frampton, courtesy of EMI Classics

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