Catch NYC’s Choral Chameleon Ensemble on their first multi-State tour, beginning this week in Brooklyn, NYC.
Confirmed Dates & Locations:
Saturday, January 18, 2020 | 7:00 PM
St Nicholas Roman Catholic Church | Brooklyn, NY
Saturday, February 22, 2020 | 7:30 PM
Unitarian Church in Westport | Westport, CT
Saturday, March 21, 2020 | 3pm & 7pm
Jesuit Center for Spiritual Growth | Wernersville, PA
Sunday April 26, 2020 | 3pm
Mead Memorial Chapel | Middlebury, VT
All available ticketing & location information can be found at http://www.choralchameleon.com/concerts
These are confirmed dates. Additional dates and locations may be added at a later date.
If I Left the Zoo
A concert statement on running away, only to find yourself right where you have always belonged.
When we turn on the news, it doesn’t matter if we are leaning to the right or to the left. We throw up our hands and dream out loud about moving somewhere else where we can start over again.
But what if the slate were actually wiped clean? What if we could just put all of our foregone national pride behind us and pretend like none of this ever happened? What if we left this zoo? Would we each eventually find Utopia or would we fall into the same never-ending search as the rest of humanity since the beginning of creation?
The Choral Chameleon Ensemble explores the primal instincts in humans and the stories and fables of earth’s creatures and transformations in this epic narrative concert.
At the center, the profound “Prayers from the Ark” of British composer, Ivor R. Davies gives a vulnerable empathetic voice to bird, cat, raven, mouse, and dove – but only after showing us a mirror of ourselves in Noah, ever complaining of his exhaustion from the daily grind of work and the world around him.
The program also features the world premiere of Edward Thompson’s whimsical new a cappella trilogy, “Aphorisms of the Zookeeper”, Lauren Bydalek’s deeply moving “Pieces of My Heart”, a new choral adaptation of Billy Child’s 2014 arrangement of Laura Nyro’s “Save the Country”, and more!
Don’t miss this shape-shifting and life-affirming concert event with one of New York’s best ensembles.
About Choral Chameleon Ensemble:
The core of Choral Chameleon, the Ensemble, represent the best combination of musicianship and diversity of musical backgrounds in NYC. They are fearless pioneers in the world of new choral music and adventurous programming, and they are honored to bring Choral Chameleon’s signature experience to audiences beyond the City.
The Ensemble has been described as ‘stellar’ by National Sawdust Log, and in a recent performance of Philip Glass’ Madrigal Opera, the New York Times described the performance as ‘weightless…the music unfolded in contemplative beauty, with the juxtaposition of the instruments’ throaty individuality and the even-tempered coolness of the voices’.
Founded in New York in 2008 by Artistic Director Vince Peterson, Choral Chameleon has expanded to encompass a semi-professional Chorus of 50+ and an annual week-long Summer Institute for composers and conductors.
Choral Chameleon is known for championing new music for voices, programming multiple musical genres together and for frequently presenting programs with non-traditional staging. In its first 12.5 Seasons, the choirs have premiered over 170 original compositions and arrangements to date.
The culture of the organization marries informality, loving support, and joyful curiosity, with the expectation of solidly technical musicianship, constant learning and openness towards the unexpected.
Examiner.com said of the ensemble: “It is…a great credit to the musicians of Choral Chameleon and especially their director, Vince Peterson, that the group can so superbly and aptly tackle new works of varying aesthetic proclivities, perform each idiomatically, and yet not compromise its particular sound…”
★ 2018 Chorus America Louis Botto Award for Innovation and Entrepreneurial Zeal (awarded to Founding Artistic Director Vince Peterson)
★ 2017-2018 Group in Residence at National Sawdust
★ 2015 Chorus America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming