PAST PROGRAMS

Tis The Season

Virtual Collaboration

December 2020

A collaboration between Richmond Choral Society and students from the College of Staten Island for the 2020 socially distant holiday season. 


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Eternal Light

Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019 at 8:00 PM

St. Clare's RC Church

110 Nelson Avenue

Staten Island, NY


Richmond Choral Society (NYC) sang Thomas Gabriel's jubilant Lightmesse (Light Mass), plus the U.S. premieres of two outstanding contemporary works: Venit lumen by Slovenian composer Damijan Mocnik, and The Canticle of the Sun by Norwegian composer Kristian Hernes. The group also performed Marina Alexander's poignant Sun of Righteousness, based on the Byzantine Hymn of the Nativity.

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Mozart and the Moderns!

Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 8:00 PM

St. Clare's RC Church

110 Nelson Avenue

Staten Island, NY


Richmond Choral Society's (NYC) Spring 2019 program featured Mozart's beautiful Litany, K. 243, and then works by contemporary composers James MacMillan and Karl Jenkins, plus a special performance of the rarely heard Te Deum by Vincent Persichetti. With chamber orchestra, including a special appearance by Simply Strings.

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Winter Wonders!

Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018 at 8:00 PM

St. Clare's RC Church

110 Nelson Avenue

Staten Island, NY


Richmond Choral Society (NYC) explored the magic of the winter season with works by Ola Gjeilo, Dan Forrest, Michael Gandolfi, and Mark Hayes. With a special appearance by Simply Strings Chamber Ensemble, performing Vivaldi's "Winter" concerto from The Four Seasons.

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Northern Lights

Sunday, May 20, 2018

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St. Peter's RC Church

53 St. Mark's Place

Staten Island, NY


Works by Scandinavian composers! This concert featured Ola Gjeilo's beautiful Sunrise Mass, Kim Andre Arnesen's Norwegian Alleluia (with the World Premiere of its new orchestration for string orchestra), ​plus Otto Olsson's glorious Te Deum

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Holiday with Brass!

Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017 at 8:00 PM

St. Clare's RC Church

110 Nelson Avenue

Staten Island, NY


Choral music with brass! The main works included Pinkham's much loved Christmas Cantata, plus Hovhaness' seldom heard and mystical holiday work, Glory to God, Op. 124.

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Bach to Broadway!

Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 8:00 PM

Zion Lutheran Church Church

110 Nelson Ave., Staten Island, NY


Choral settings of popular songs by ABBA, the Beatles, John Denver, plus Swingle Singers settings of Bach, and Broadway

hits by Bernstein, Cole Porter, Rodgers & Hammerstein, and Gershwin.

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Realms of Glory

Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016 at 8:00 PM

St. Clare's Church

110 Nelson Ave., Staten Island, NY


"Realms of Glory!" featured one of Joseph Haydn's final masterworks, his Theresienmesse of 1799 and the US premiere of Christus Natus Est, a cantata of medieval carols by British composer Cecilia McDowall. The ensemble also sang Gwyneth Walker's Star of Night (based on "we Three King,") and the world premiere of a special orchestration by Gary Fry of his beautiful arrangement of O Holy Night.  

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Mainly Mozart

Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 8:00 PM

St. Clare's Church

110 Nelson Ave., Staten Island, NY


Richmond Choral Society celebrated its 65th Anniversary with a program revisiting past favorites, including Mozart's Solemn Vespers, K. 339, Faure's beautiful Cantique de Jean Racine and Verdi's jubilant Hymn of the Nations. A nod to the future was given via contemporary works by NY composer Chris DeBlasio, and Ola Gjeilo.