Guest Conductor, Nancy Menk, will lead an all-female choir in a performance of choral works for women’s voices as part of Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY)‘s Magnificat – Music in Celebration of International Women’s Day, which takes place at 2pm on Sunday 17 March 2019 at Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall, New York.
Entitled Magnificat – Music for Women’s Voices, the performance will follow John Rutter’s Magnificat, conducted by DCINY Artistic Director and Principal Conductor, Jonathan Griffith, with the Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Distinguished Concerts Singers International.
Showcasing 15 all-female choirs
Magnificat – Music for Women’s Voices will feature:
- Brahms: Ave Maria
- M Haydn: Magnificat (Magnify the Lord)
- Vaughan Williams: Magnificat
- Libby Larsen: Canticle of Mary
- Ola Gjeilo: Gloria
- Zachary J Moore: Always Keep This Close
With soloists, Jennifer Zetlan (Soprano), Claire Leyden (Soprano) and Lindsey Anderson (Mezzo-Soprano), the performance will showcase 15 all-female choirs:
- Saint Mary’s College Women’s Choir
- Saint Mary’s College Alumnae Women’s Choir
Pope John Paul II High School Singers
Medina Community Choir
Victor Valley College Singers and Master Arts Chorale
Christ Church Choir
The Star Chorale
Holy Family Filipino Chorale
Mountain Melody Women’s Chorus
Colorado Women’s Chorale
Nazareth Academy Chorale
Wabash Community Women’s Choir
About Nancy Menk
Dr Nancy Menk conducts the Women’s and Collegiate Choirs at Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana, and teaches courses in conducting techniques. She is Founder and Conductor of the award-winning South Bend Chamber Singers and serves as Conductor of the Northwest Indiana Symphony Chorus.
In February 2010, Dr Menk made her fifth appearance at Carnegie Hall, conducting a sold-out performance of Morten Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna for chorus and orchestra. She serves regularly as a guest conductor and choral adjudicator throughout the United States and has conducted All-State Choirs in Colorado, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, North Dakota, Delaware and Indiana.
‘A special concert celebrating music made and presented by women’
Iris Derke, Co-Founder and General Manager of DCINY, said:
‘We are so thrilled to host a concert featuring all women’s voices and conducted by Nancy Menk, an outstanding conductor and educator. Nancy loves working with women’s voices and is constantly on the lookout for interesting new music and unique performing opportunities for female choirs.
‘This will be a special concert celebrating music made and presented by women, a perfect event honouring International Women’s Day.’
Header photo: 15 all-female choirs will join DCINY’s Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Distinguished Concerts Singers International (pictured) at Carnegie Hall © Richard Termine