Oratorio Society of New York

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“The Oratorio Society has held the line for choral grandeur”   –The New York Times

Oratorio Society of New YorkSince its founding in 1873, the OSNY, New York’s own 200-voice avocational chorus, has become the city’s standard for grand, joyous choral performance. “The sheer energy of the Society’s sound had an enveloping fervor,” wrote Allan Kozinn in The New York Times of a 2008 presentation of Brahms’s Ein Deutsches Requiem, and of a 2005 performance of Messiah, Jeremy Eichler said in the Times, “this was . . . a vibrant and deeply human performance, made exciting by the sheer heft and depth of the chorus’s sound.”

The Oratorio Society has performed the world, U.S., and New York premieres of works as diverse as Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem (1877), Berlioz’ Roméo et Juliette (1882), a full-concert production of Wagner’s Parsifal at the Metropolitan Opera House (1886), Tchaikovsky’s a cappella Legend and Pater noster (1891) and Eugene Onegin (1908), the now-standard version of “The Star Spangled Banner” (1917; it became the national anthem in 1931), Bach’s B-minor Mass (1927), Dvořàk’s St. Ludmila (1993), Britten’s The World of the Spirit (1998), Juraj Filas’ Song of Solomon (2012), and Paul Moravec’s Blizzard Voices (2013), as well as works by Handel, Liszt, Schütz, Schubert, Debussy, Elgar, and Saint Saëns, among others. On its 100th anniversary the Oratorio Society received the Handel Medallion, New York City’s highest cultural award, in recognition of these contributions.

Latest News

  • OSNY Performs U.S. Premiere of New Critical Edition of Brahms’s A German Requiem – March 2, 2020, at Carnegie Hall – Press release
  • Naxos Records Releases Moravec/Campbell Oratorio Sanctuary Road – Oratorio Society of New York World Premiere Performance – Press release
  • Oratorio Society of New York Presents Its 146th Annual Performance of Handel’s Messiah on Dec. 19, 2019 – Press release
  • OSNY Opens Its 2019-20 Season with Rachmaninoff & Durufle at St. John the Divine on Nov. 5, 2019 – Press release
  • OSNY Announces 2019-20 Season – Two Premieres: Moravec/Campbell A Nation of Others, and New Critical Edition of Brahms’s A German RequiemPress release
  • “An Incredibly Riveting and Potent Experience” – Read about the May 9, 2019, Verdi Requiem performance on OperaWire
  • OSNY Announces Winners of 2019 Lyndon Woodside Oratorio-Solo Competition – Press release
  • OSNY Performs Verdi’s Requiem To Conclude Carnegie Hall Season – May 9, 2019 – Press release
  • OSNY Performs Sibelius’s Kullervo and Works by Berlioz and Debussy – February 25, 2019, at Carnegie Hall – Press release
  • OSNY’s 145th Annual Performance of Handel’s Messiah – December 17, 2018, at Carnegie Hall – Press release
  • “The Oratorio Society was in prime condition” – Read about the Nov. 11, 2018, concert on Seen and Heard International
  • OSNY Commemorates Centenary of Polish Independence and WWI Armistice with Season-Opener, Nov. 11, 2018 – Press release
  • OSNY Announces 2018-19 Season – Expansion of Carnegie Hall Series to Four Concerts – Press release
  • Critical acclaim for world premieres of Sanctuary Road and We Are One in Opera NewsNew York Classical Review, Broadway World, Opera Wire, and ClassicalSource

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