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

  • The May 6, 2020 program featuring the world premiere of the Paul Moravec/Mark Campbell oratorio A Nation of Others, as well as Robert Paterson’s Whitman’s America, has been postponed – Carnegie Hall has cancelled all events through January 6, 2021. This program will now take place at Carnegie Hall on May 5, 2021.
  • Gramophone magazine praises OSNY Naxos recording of Sanctuary Road: “Moravec sets the text, drawn from Still’s writings by librettist Mark Campbell, with commendable clarity in an attractive score that attains true grandeur of spirit as it proceeds, especially in its extended finale (depicting Still’s recovery of his records after the war). Much credit for this goes to conductor Kent Tritle and the Oratorio Society of New York, who commissioned the work; their haunting premiere performance, at Carnegie Hall in 2018 with a finely balanced quintet of soloists, forms the basis of this marvellous recording. Recommended.” Read the full review here.
  • “A chorus that big can nearly inflate a hall with hushed reverence, which they did to breathtaking effect.” – Read the review of the March 2020 performance of Brahms’s A German Requiem on Bachtrack
  • OSNY Performs U.S. Premiere of New Critical Edition of Brahms’s A German Requiem – March 2, 2020, at Carnegie Hall – Press release
  • “Underground Railroad: A Conductor And Passengers Documented In Music” – Read the review of the Sanctuary Road recording on NPR Music
  • 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
  • “Though I’ve never encountered blessings from church, mosque or synagogue, last night was a revelation.” – Read the review of Rachmaninoff & Durufle on ConcertoNet
  • 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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