A Passion to Sing

Marina Alexander

Musical & Artistic Director

Special Performances

              In June 2001, the Chorale made its Carnegie Hall debut, singing Beethoven's 9th Symphony. It appeared there again in February 2002, performing Mozart's Coronation Mass, and made a third   trip in   November   2002,   offering   Dvorak's
Te Deum. It returned there in June 2003 for the NY Premiere of Ermione, a rediscovered opera by Rossini. Reviews referred to the group as "uniformly solid" & singing "with passion & accuracy."  In April 2007, it sang at that august hall once again, offering Poulenc's delightful Gloria. In May 2008, the Chorale joined forces with the St. Cecilia Chorus, singing the Verdi Requiem at Carnegie Hall under the baton of Maestro David Randolph.

                      In May 2004, the ensemble made its debut at the
NJ Performing Arts Center (NJPAC)
, joining with its "sister chorus," the Richmond Choral Society of Staten Island, to sing the Mahler 2nd Symphony, the "Resurrection."  Sponsored by the Portuguese-American Leadership Council (PALCUS), the performance was in celebration the 30th Anniversary of the "Carnation Revolution," when democracy was peacefully restored to Portugal.

                In May 2007, the Chorale sang Verdi's Messa da Requiem twice in New York City, in collaboration with the Richmond Choral Society and the Metropolitan Greek Chorale (NYC), plus the Mannes Community Orchestra (NYC). The first performance took place in Manhattan under the baton of the orchestra's Music Director, Maestro Peter Bellino, and the second occurred on Staten Island led by the Chorale's Music Director, Marina Alexander.

The Chorale made its Lincoln Center debut in January 2010, singing Karl Jenkins' beautiful Requiem in Avery Fisher Hall, as part of the "Concert for Peace" honoring the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King.

       Locally, the Chorale has sung at the Count Basie Theater in Red Bank several times, joining forces in 2004 with the Monmouth Symphony in a performance of Orff's Carmina Burana and Poulenc's Gloria.  It was also honored to participate in both the 35th and 40th Anniversary Gala concerts of the Monmouth Conservatory of Music, collaborating with its director Vladislav Kovalsky as piano soloist in Beethoven's Choral Fantasy.

             In 2005, 2006 and 2007, the Chorale appeared at the Two River Theater in Red Bank, selling out the house for its holiday programs.  In March 2007, the group made its debut in Asbury Park, where it partnered with the Staten Island Philharmonic for "Mozart Plus One", an innovative presentation of Mozart's Requiem. It also gave a Holiday Concert there, "The Spirit of Christmas", in December 2007

The Chorale has participated in the annual Freehold Holiday Festival, the Freehold/Taster's Choice Summer Concert Series, and "Tomorrow's Brightest Stars," an arts festival sponsored by the National Alliance for Excellence. In addition to its live performances, the group has made several appearances on cable television.

On the occasion of its 10th Anniversary in 2003, the ensemble commissioned Infanta Marina, a new work from New York composer William Hawley.

The Chorale has premieres many new works in its programs, and brought many rarely heard masterworks to the ears of modern audiences. Committed to creating a permanent record of its work, the group has released 12 recordings.

To mark its recent 20th Anniversary, the group commissioned The New Jerusalem from Seattle-based composer David Reznick, premiering that work in December 2013.

               To mark the 200th birthday of composer Giuseppe Verdi, in October 2013, Arcadian Chorale sang his Messa da Requiem in Manhattan, at St. Paul the Apostle RC Church. The performance also marked the 25th Anniversary of the NY Symphonic Arts Ensemble, and was sung in partnership with the Richmond Choral Society (NYC) and the NY Festival Singers.