About this Performance 

 One hundred years of French music, from the dazzling Second Piano Concerto by Camille Saint-Saens to two mid-twentieth-century choral masterpieces by Maurice Duruflé and Francis Poulenc will celebrate the welcome arrival of spring.  Canterbury Choral Society, led by Conductor Jonathan De Vries, will present all three in concert on Sunday May 22 at 4pm at the Church of the Heavenly Rest, Fifth Avenue and 90th Street. The concert will begin with Francis Poulenc’s delightful, lilting, Gloria, sung by the chorus and soprano soloist, accompanied by full orchestra. Dramatic soprano Beverley Vanessa Hill will perform the solo parts. A recital of the exhilarating Camille Saint-Saens Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Minor will follow, performed by acclaimed virtuoso pianist Steven Graff, with orchestra. The program ends with the poignant, moving Requiemby Maurice Duruflé,performed by baritone, chorus and complete orchestra with organist Alistair Reid.--Rosemarie Lamb Deane

J DeVries

Jonathan De Vries

Jonathan De Vries is the Artistic Director and Conductor of The Canterbury Choral Society in New York City. The 2015-2016 season marks his eighth year of collaboration with the Canterbury Choral Society and the second year of his leadership. Mr. De Vries is honored to be the successor to his mentor and founder of the Society, Charles Dodsley Walker.


Welcome New Voices!

Canterbury is always interested in adding new voices.  Previous choral experience  and an audition are required. The audition will include vocal exercises for range, a brief sight-reading piece, and a prepared piece— anything which demonstrates the singer's vocal quality, diction skill, and musicality.  Rehearsals are open to prospective singers, and  are held September-May on Monday evenings at the Church of the Heavenly Rest, Fifth Avenue at 2 East 90th Street, New York, NY from 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm.

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