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New York Choral Society's Spring Gala

New York Choral Society

NEW YORK CHORAL SOCIETY David Hayes, Music Director Spring Gala FEATURING PERFORMANCE BY: Eglise Gutiérrez Sava Vemić Ewa Płonka THURSDAY, MARCH 12, 2015 6:00 PM METROPOLITAN CLUB New York, NY

 The New York Choral Society will celebrate its 56th anniversary with a Spring Gala on MARCH 12 at the Metropolitan Club, 1 East 60th Street, NYC. The Gala will feature performances by renowned opera soprano, Eglise Gutiérrez; Lindemann Young Artist and bass, Sava Vemić; and mezzo-soprano, Ewa Płonka.

The Gala will also celebrate Judith A. Rubin’s 50th year as a member of the New York Choral Society. The cocktail reception will begin at 6:00 PM, followed by a seated dinner and award ceremony at 7:00 PM. Afterward, guests are invited to enjoy a dessert reception. The evening will also feature a silent auction of items generously donated by friends and patrons of the New York Choral Society.

 Performers Eglise Gutiérrez, Soprano Born in Holguin, Cuba, American soprano Eglise Gutiérrez has been named by Opera News as “one of opera’s next wave” (August 2012) She has sung in some of the most prestigious venues of the world, including Teatro Colon Buenos Aires, Wexford Festival, Rome, Zurich, Trieste, Florence, Cagliari, Carnegie Hall, Savonlinna, Berlin, Bellas Artes (Mexico), Tel Aviv, Hamburg, Athens, La Monnaie, Brussels, the Santa Fe Festival, Cincinnati Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Washington Concert Opera, Caramoor Festival, L'Opéra Comique and the Seattle Opera in roles such as Lucia, Gilda, Elvira in I Puritani, Violetta, Amina, Lakme, Maria di Rohan, and Elvire in La muette de Portici. Ms. Gutiérrez graduated from The Institute Superior of Art in Cuba (Suma Cum Laude) and from The Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia. She made her Carnegie Hall début as soprano soloist in Mozart’s Requiem and John Rutter’s Requiem under the baton of John Rutter in May 2004, after completing her final year at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia. During her studies there, she performed several leading roles; among them the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor, Amina in Bellini’s La sonnambula, Nanetta in Falstaff, and Adina in L’elisir d’amore. Additional roles in her repertoire include Hanna Glawari in The Merry Widow, and the title roles in Roig’s Cecilia Valdés and Vives’ Doña Francisquita with Pro Arte Gratelli.Sava Vemić, Bass Sava Vemić, bass, comes from Belgrade, Serbia. He is a member of The Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program in the season 2014/2015. He studied singing in the Music School Mokranjac with prof. Tanja Obrenović and later at the Faculty of Music, University of Arts in Belgrade with prof. Nikola Mijailović. In Mozart’s Magic flute he made his debut as Sarastro at the opera stage of Madlenianum Opera & Theatre in Belgrade. He received scholarships from the International Vocal Arts Institute (IVAI) in 2013 when he sang Bartolo in an IVAI production of Le nozze di Figaro and in July 2014 when he sang Osmin in their production of Die Entführung aus dem Serial in Tel Aviv, Israel. In June 2014 he made his Carnegie Hall debut as Sir Walter Raleigh in Donizetti’s opera Roberto Devereux with The Opera Orchestra of New York led by Mo. Queler. In 2012 he performed at the Esterhazy festival in Haydnsaal, Austria. During his education he was awarded with several prizes: 1st Prize Award at the Gerda Lissner International Vocal Competition, New York, 2014; Danica Mastilović’s Award for the best student of solo-singing department at the University of Arts in Belgrade, 2014; Publikumspreis der Stadt Beeskow in the frame of the international Opera Course Oper Oder-Spree, Germany, 2011; 1st Prize at the sixth Solo Singers Competition Lazar Jovanović, Serbia, 2008. Ewa Płonka, Mezzo-Soprano Mezzo soprano Ewa Płonka, originally from Poland, is equally talented as a pianist and singer. She obtained her Bachelor’s and first Master’s Degree in Piano Performance at The Academy of Music in Poznań/Poland. Her second Master’s Degree was earned from Oklahoma City University and her Doctoral Degree from The University of Utah both in Piano Performance. Ewa Płonka began studies at The Juilliard School in the fall 2014 in Artist Diploma in Opera Studies. During the summer 2014 Ewa gave several vocal recitals with the piano in Poland and concerts with orchestra in Germany, as she was awarded full scholarship in the 2014 Internationale Meistersinger Akademie in Nürnberg.

THE NEW YORK CHORAL SOCIETY The New York Choral Society (NYCHORAL), founded in 1958, has become known by audiences and critics for the quality of its performances and the diversity of its repertoire, which encompasses well-known choral masterworks as well as many compositions rarely heard in concert halls. The 175-voice symphonic chorus has been widely recognized for its outstanding performances at prestigious music venues around the world. For more than half a century NYCHORAL has enriched the cultural life of the New York community by performing a rich variety of choral music from classic to contemporary pieces, including newly commissioned works, to some 10,000 people per year; and by fostering interest and participation in choral music through education and community outreach, especially to children. Since 1984 the singers of NYCHORAL have also served as “ambassadors of music” abroad, with concert tours to Italy, Austria, China, France, Israel, Mexico, Croatia, Greece, and the Czech Republic. In 2014, NYCHORAL toured Central Europe and performed in a high mass in St. Stephens Cathedral, Vienna, in Mátyás-templom, Budapest, and at Banffy Castle in Romania.

 TICKETS: Tickets are $300, $500, and $650 for the full gala evening, or $125 for an 8:00 entry to Dessert & Entertainment only. Tables of ten can be purchased for $3,000, $5,000, and $6,500 Tickets are available online at gala. For more information, call (917) 442-1391.


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