2018 - 2019 SEASON
God from the machine: Music at the intersection of the mechanical human voice and the pipe organ's soul. Presented by Choral Chameleon's 50+ voice Chorus.
Sat April 27 - Manhattan - 8pm
James Memorial Chapel at Union Theological Seminary
New York, NY 10027
Sun April 28 - Brooklyn - 5pm
St Paul's Episcopal Church
199 Carroll Street
Brooklyn NY 11231
A human being's singing voice is an aerophone. In a choir, the voice is not a cog in a machine. Singers bring all of themselves with them to the rehearsal and the performance. The pipe organ, a centuries-old force in the world of western art music, is indeed a complex machine bellowing with air, passing through metal and wood, and breathing a palpable sense of soul into the atmosphere. Today, the musical possibilities of this union are endless and not at all limited to sacred music, to which they have long been confined.
The voices of Choral Chameleon and organist, Nathan Taylor present these possibilities:
What are We Becoming? (World Premiere)
Dale Trumbore, Composer in Residence
Texts by Abigail Welhouse and Lynn Ungar
Read 2 great interviews with Dale Trumbore:
National Sawdust Log
Messiahs: False and True (2014, Rev 2019)
for Chorus, Organ, Bass Drum and Narrator
Rex Isenberg, Composer in Residence 2016-2017
Dirge for Two Veterans (1914, incorporated in 1936 into 'Dona Nobis Pacem')
Ralph Vaughan Williams
Text by Walt Whitman
Followed by Q&A between Vince Peterson and Dale Trumbore
$35 Door / $30 Advance / $20 Student or Senior
$40 Organ Nerd - entry to both concerts
Explore the music and themes in this concert with our in-depth composer interviews!
Dale Trumbore talks about her new commission 'What Are We Becoming'?
Rex Isenberg (Part One): talks about his inspiration for writing Messiahs: False and True
Rex Isenberg (Part Two): talks about writing for organ and the musical references to listen out for
Choral Chameleon's 10-voice Ensemble takes you on a whimsical journey through the magic of choral storytelling
UPDATE: THE VENUE HAS INFORMED US THAT THIS EVENT HAS HAD TO BE CANCELLED
May 4th 2019 at 7pm
BROOKLYN - WINDSOR TERRACE
Holy Apostles Episcopal Church
612 Greenwood Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11218
Tickets info will be available in the Spring for this date
Program features World Premiere by this Season's Composer-in-Residence Dale Trumbore: Footnotes to a History of Music, set to a text by poet Kristina Marie Darling.
Harnessing powerful commentary in the style of the Greek chorus, combined with the beauty and empathy of human singing, this unique performance will narrate rich life stories, of both a sacred and a secular ilk, through the lenses of composers from across five centuries, iincluding: Mateo Fletxa el Viejo, Josquin des Prez, The Beatles, and others, including a new arrangement by Michelle Coladonato of 'The Gambler' by the band Fun.
Bold risks taken in a loving atmosphere performed at a very high level - this is our favorite event of the year and it is free to the public!
Friday June 28 at 8pm
One night only!
St Paul's Episcopal Church
199 Carroll Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231
An evening packed full of hot-off-the-presses work by 10-11 composers who will have just completed these pieces over the previous 7 days! The premieres will be performed by our expanded professional Ensemble of 16. These are expertly conducted by both Vince Peterson, and conducting faculty member Matthew Oltman.
Up to 4 conducting fellows will also lead Choral Chameleon's Chorus through several works of existing choral repertoire.
Check out this playlist of some of the pieces premiered at 2018's Institute concert on YouTube
Check out this playlist of some of the pieces premiered at 2017's Institute Concert on YouTube
No tickets required.
PREVIOUSLY THIS SEASON
In this unique World Premiere event which took place on Saturday 17th November and Sunday 18th November, featuring Choral Chameleon's 50+ voice Chorus, East and West collided in an evening-length fusion of New York jazz and Japanese traditional culture, by composer and jazz pianist, Eri Yamamoto.
The performance culminated with the audience being taught a traditional Obon dance. Singers and audience danced together while the choir reprised the final movement. This joyful song and dance is usually performed during the annual Summer festival when people gather with their family to fondly welcome back the spirits of their ancestors.
For a fun glimpse of our audience joining in the dance, check out this audience video we shared on Facebook.
The festive spirit started in our Festival Foyer, with American craft Sake by Brooklyn Kura, as well as sweets and a selection of hot and cold brews of the finest green tea by Nishimura Banchaya Honten brought from Japan especially for our concerts!
Featuring Eri Yamamoto Trio:
Tuesday October 9th 2018 - The Ensemble debuted the 'STORYTIME' touring program at St Bartholomew's Church Chapel on Park Avenue in Manhattan, to open the 'Great Music in at St Barts' Series, hosted by MMPAF.
Wednesday January 9th 2019 - Parts of this program were performed at Kings Elementary School (Uncommon Schools), in East Flatbush, NY.
Saturday February 23rd 2019 - The Ensemble returned to the Unitarian Church in Westport, Connecticut.
Choral Chameleon is proud to have been one of the many participating choirs in this large-scale public work which took place on the HighLine Park 3-8 October 2018 featuring 1000 singers. There were 6 performances of 3 hours in length.
A 360 digital experience is available online at https://milelongopera.com/walk-360/
We recommend watching on a larger screen (vs phone) with headphones and utilizing the 360 controller to get a sense of the immersive experience. Choral Chameleon is in the earlier section of area 16 singing 'Amber will you Marry Me'.
"Co-created by architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang, with words and lyrics by acclaimed poets Anne Carson and Claudia Rankine, The Mile-Long Opera: a biography of 7 o’clock is an ambitious, collective, free choral work that shares personal stories from hundreds of New Yorkers about life in our rapidly changing city..." For more information go to: milelongopera.com