Canterbury Choral Society
Performing since 1952
The Canterbury Choral Society will open its 62nd season with a performance of the Te Deum, by by Hector Berlioz (1803–1869). There will be a triple choir performing this monumental work, which was completed in 1849. The choral performance will be preceded by the Romantic Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat, by Franz Liszt, played by Steven Graff.
Canterbury Choral Society is sorry to announce that our beloved founder and director of sixty-one years, Charles Dodsley Walker, is quite ill, and will be unable to conduct our Berlioz Te Deum concert on November 17th. The concert will instead be conducted by our Associate Conductor, Jonathan DeVries, who has been rehearsing with the chorus all along, and with whom Charlie had arranged to stand by in case of this eventuality.
We are all upset by the news about Charlie but want everyone to know that the Board of the Canterbury Choral Society and the members of the chorus are fully committed to performing our full season, as scheduled, beginning with the upcoming Berlioz’ Te Deum on November 17th, and continuing with Bach’s Passion According to St. John on March 9th and Haydn’s Maria Theresa Te Deum and Lord Nelson Mass on May 18th.
We all hope that Charlie will be able to conduct the Winter and Spring concerts. In the event that he cannot though, we are very lucky to have our Associate Conductor, Jonathan De Vries, in place and ready to conduct those concerts for this season. The concert will begin at 4:00 pm, November 17, 2013, at the Church of the Heavenly Rest 90th Street and Fifth Avenue New York, New York. The Berlioz piece will feature a triple chorus of 90 with orchestra, including a children's chorus.