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The New York Choral Society Presents 'For Those We've Loved' at Carnegie Hall, Includes Works by John Adams and Paul Hindemith

By Jaime Prisco j.prisco@classicalite.com on Mar 11, 2015 12:27 PM EDT

The New York Choral Society will be presenting a concert at Carnegie Hall titled For Those We’ve Loved. The program will include "On the Transmigration of Souls" by John Adams and "When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d" by Paul Hindemith.

David Hayes, music director and conductor, will lead the program. The critically acclaimed Young People’s Chorus of New York City, mezzo-soprano Abigail Fischer, baritone Lee Poulis and The Mannes Orchestra will be joining the New York Choral Society for this performance.

According to a press release, John Adams's Pulitzer Prize- and Grammy Award-winning composition "On the Transmigration of Souls" was commissioned by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra in 2002 to commemorate the first anniversary of the attacks of Sept. 11.

Adams said his intent was to create a "memory space" akin to being in a great cathedral, where you experience a sense of something otherworldly and feel the collected energy of generations of souls.

Paul Hindemith’s "When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d" was commissioned by Robert Shaw in 1946 to memorialize President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who had died the previous year. The text is by American poet Walt Whitman, and his grand elegiac poem When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d was inspired by the assassination of Abraham Lincoln in 1865.

“I’m extremely pleased to be continuing my third season as music director with this exceptional program. This season, we expanded our activities to include performances around New York City as we continue to bring exciting and thought-provoking programming to our Carnegie Hall audiences,” said Haynes in a statement.

For Those We’ve Loved will be performed April 8 at 8 p.m. at Carnegie Hall. Click here to purchase tickets to this event.

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