Storytime with Choral Chameleon
Oct
9
7:30 PM19:30

Storytime with Choral Chameleon

The 10 voice, award-winning vocal ensemble, Choral Chameleon, takes you on a whimsical journey through the magic of choral storytelling. Harnessing powerful commentary in the style of the Greek chorus combined with the beauty and empathy of human singing, this unique performance will narrate rich life stories, of both a sacred and a secular ilk, through the lenses of composers from across five centuries, including Mateo Fletxa el Viejo, Josquin des Prez, The Beatles, and others.

The performance will also feature the world premiere of Footnotes to a History of Music by their 2018-2019 Composer-In-Residence, Dale Trumbore.

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Choral Chameleon Summer Institute
Jun
22
to Jun 29

Choral Chameleon Summer Institute

  • St. Paul's Episcopal Church (map)
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If you are a fan of brand-new music created in an intensive and nurturing environment that encourages risk-taking, attending one of these free concerts is one of the most exciting music experiences one can have in New York City.  

After 7 days of development, revisions and lab work, Choral Chameleon's singers premiere brand-new pieces that have been composed by up to 12 students of highly diverse musical backgrounds and career stages.

Many of these pieces have subsequently entered our repertoire and some will be included in our retrospective programming in this anniversary year.

The new works are interspersed with known works of choral repertoire conducted by our 3 talented student conductors.

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MIND with Choral Chameleon
Jun
10
4:00 PM16:00

MIND with Choral Chameleon

This concert-essay tells, from the musician's perspective, about what it takes to surrender to music and to become one's full musical self.

It explores the relationship between trusted teacher and eager student. It dabbles in solfege and other native musical languages, and it asserts and upholds the science behind the notion that musicians' minds are different and special.

A true love song to our musician colleagues, the program will include works by ALL FOUR of Choral Chameleon's Composers-In-Residence thus far, as well as a surprise premiere or two on top!

At the center: Adam Ward's exquisite choral setting of texts from the famed book "Gradus ad Parnassum" for choir and cello - truly a piece not to be missed!

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i carry your heart with Empire City Men's Chorus
May
20
5:00 PM17:00

i carry your heart with Empire City Men's Chorus

"It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are." These words from the great poet, e. e. cummings, evoke a man of good will standing steadfast in the middle of an ever-changing world around him, daring to be different and determined in owning who he was.

So, too, are the men of ECMC - committed to steadfast love and growth as modern men living in a world constantly in uncertain flux. Through musical settings of cummings' unparalleled texts by incredible composers including Vincent Persichetti, Daniel Brewbaker, and David Dickau, as well as our own Artistic Director, Vince Peterson, ECMC presents a singing reminder that we carry each others' fragile hearts over and through whatever may fall before us in the path of life.

Topping off the program will be the world premiere of celebrated composer, Justin Dello Joio's first-ever choral work of the same name: "i carry your heart." Join us for this poignant and heart-lifting concert event! 

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i carry your heart with Empire City Men's Chorus
May
18
8:00 PM20:00

i carry your heart with Empire City Men's Chorus

"It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are." These words from the great poet, e. e. cummings, evoke a man of good will standing steadfast in the middle of an ever-changing world around him, daring to be different and determined in owning who he was.

So, too, are the men of ECMC - committed to steadfast love and growth as modern men living in a world constantly in uncertain flux. Through musical settings of cummings' unparalleled texts by incredible composers including Vincent Persichetti, Daniel Brewbaker, and David Dickau, as well as our own Artistic Director, Vince Peterson, ECMC presents a singing reminder that we carry each others' fragile hearts over and through whatever may fall before us in the path of life.

Topping off the program will be the world premiere of celebrated composer, Justin Dello Joio's first-ever choral work of the same name: "i carry your heart." Join us for this poignant and heart-lifting concert event! 

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MIND with Choral Chameleon @ San Francisco Conservatory of Music
May
8
7:30 PM19:30

MIND with Choral Chameleon @ San Francisco Conservatory of Music

The concert-essay tells, from the musician's perspective, about what it takes to surrender to music and to become one's full musical self. It explores the relationship between trusted teacher and eager student. It dabbles in solfège and other native musical languages, and it asserts and upholds the science behind the notion that musicians’ minds are different and special. A true love song to our musician colleagues, the program will include works by Choral Chameleon's composers-in-residence, SFCM alumni Jeffrey Parola and Joseph Stillwell. Also on the program is SFCM composition faculty David Conte’s The Composer.

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MIND with Choral Chameleon - San Francisco
May
6
7:00 PM19:00

MIND with Choral Chameleon - San Francisco

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Choral Chameleon, Group in Residence at Brooklyn's ground-breaking music incubator National Sawdust and known for their effortless mixed-genre programming - brings a preview of the final program of their 10th Anniversary concert series to San Francisco!

MIND: This concert-essay tells, from the musician's perspective, about what it takes to surrender to music and to become one's full musical self.

It explores the relationship between trusted teacher and eager student. It dabbles in solfège and other native musical languages, and it asserts and upholds the science behind the notion that musicians’ minds are different and special.

A true love song to their musician colleagues, the program will include works by THREE of Choral Chameleon's Composers-In-Residence thus far, as well as a surprise premiere or two on top!

At the center: Adam Ward's exquisite choral setting of texts from the famed book "Gradus ad Parnassum" for choir and cello - truly a piece not to be missed!

**There is also a second chance to hear this program at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music on Tuesday, May 8th at 7:30pm. More info will be available at SFCM.edu**

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Choral Chameleon - Workshop for Middle Schoolers (9-14)
May
6
2:30 PM14:30

Choral Chameleon - Workshop for Middle Schoolers (9-14)

Led by Artistic Director, Vince Peterson and Choral Chameleon singers, students will explore complex choral ensemble numbers from a handful of celebrated musicals.

Topics covered will include musicianship and ear training, choral blending vs. solo singing technique, interpretation and musicality in performance, and helpful exercises for building vocal technique and stamina.

Artists will share advice and perspective from a combined 20 years+ experience of living and working in New York City as professional musicians and actors. 

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Choral Chameleon Workshop for Young Adults (14-20)
May
5
1:00 PM13:00

Choral Chameleon Workshop for Young Adults (14-20)

The NYC-based, critically-acclaimed vocal ensemble Choral Chameleon, under the direction of Vince Peterson, will give a four hour intensive masterclass for twelve emerging singers.

These twelve soloists will perform in the masterclass and receive an unparalleled variety of feedback on technique, breathing, acting choices, repertoire choices, musicianship, and more from some of the finest singers in New York City.

Each student will receive 20-25 minutes of podium time and piano accompaniment will be provided. The workshop will also include a brief, exclusive ensemble performance by the group.

Performers Workshop Fee includes free admission for two guests

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BODY with Choral Chameleon
Apr
21
8:00 PM20:00

BODY with Choral Chameleon

We are devising this program in collaboration with choreographer Coco Karol, integrating her groundbreaking "movement interviews"; a technique of eliciting deep human connection and insight by interviewing a subject while moving with them. Our Chorus singers will be both subjects and performers.  
Who knows, our body might extend to the audience too.

This theatrical experience will be presented in the one-of-a-kind space, the Irondale Center in Fort Greene, Brooklyn.

The musical programming will pivot on Vince Peterson's 20-minute work, "I Sing the Body Electric" on the texts of Walt Whitman and will include musical commentary on the subject of the human BODY from five centuries of insightful choral repertoire.

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BODY with Choral Chameleon
Apr
20
8:00 PM20:00

BODY with Choral Chameleon

We are devising this program in collaboration with choreographer Coco Karol, integrating her groundbreaking "movement interviews"; a technique of eliciting deep human connection and insight by interviewing a subject while moving with them. Our Chorus singers will be both subjects and performers.  
Who knows, our body might extend to the audience too.

This theatrical experience will be presented in the one-of-a-kind space, the Irondale Center in Fort Greene, Brooklyn.

The musical programming will pivot on Vince Peterson's 20-minute work, "I Sing the Body Electric" on the texts of Walt Whitman and will include musical commentary on the subject of the human BODY from five centuries of insightful choral repertoire.

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SPIRIT with Choral Chameleon in Westport, CT
Feb
24
7:30 PM19:30

SPIRIT with Choral Chameleon in Westport, CT

This program, titled ’Spirit’, is the first installment of the sensational vocal ensemble Choral Chameleon’s 3-part ‘Mind, Body, Spirit’ series that celebrates and honors the vessel of a singer’s voice: the human being.

In ‘Spirit’, Choral Chameleon’s 12-voice Ensemble explores the movement of the palpable, yet unseen musician’s spirit. In this unique program, the singers and Artistic Director Vince Peterson will co-curate the music selection as a means of autobiography – each of them openly telling the personal “coming of age” story of their musical upbringing.

Projection-mapped visuals will be created by artist Eric Epstein, incorporating life artifacts from each singer, enhancing the listener’s experience and drawing the audience closer in an intimate, vulnerable setting.

The music program includes the following selections:

Edward Thompson – Effortlessly Love Flows – World Premiere
Edward Thompson – Blessed Be You
Dale Trumbore – I Am Music

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SPIRIT with Choral Chameleon
Feb
4
4:00 PM16:00

SPIRIT with Choral Chameleon

This program, titled ’Spirit’, is the first installment of the sensational vocal ensemble Choral Chameleon’s 3-part ‘Mind, Body, Spirit’ series that celebrates and honors the vessel of a singer’s voice: the human being.

In ‘Spirit’, Choral Chameleon’s 12-voice Ensemble explores the movement of the palpable, yet unseen musician’s spirit. In this unique program, the singers and Artistic Director Vince Peterson will co-curate the music selection as a means of autobiography – each of them openly telling the personal “coming of age” story of their musical upbringing.

Projection-mapped visuals will be created by artist Eric Epstein, incorporating life artifacts from each singer, enhancing the listener’s experience and drawing the audience closer in an intimate, vulnerable setting.

The music program includes the following selections:

Krists Auznieks – I Exist As I Am
Edward Thompson – Effortlessly Love Flows – World Premiere
Edward Thompson – Blessed Be You
Dale Trumbore – I Am Music

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SPIRIT with Choral Chameleon
Feb
2
7:00 PM19:00

SPIRIT with Choral Chameleon

This program, titled ’Spirit’, is the first installment of the sensational vocal ensemble Choral Chameleon’s 3-part ‘Mind, Body, Spirit’ series that celebrates and honors the vessel of a singer’s voice: the human being.

In ‘Spirit’, Choral Chameleon’s 12-voice Ensemble explores the movement of the palpable, yet unseen musician’s spirit. In this unique program, the singers and Artistic Director Vince Peterson will co-curate the music selection as a means of autobiography – each of them openly telling the personal “coming of age” story of their musical upbringing.

Projection-mapped visuals will be created by artist Eric Epstein, incorporating life artifacts from each singer, enhancing the listener’s experience and drawing the audience closer in an intimate, vulnerable setting.

The music program includes the following selections:

Krists Auznieks – I Exist As I Am
Edward Thompson – Effortlessly Love Flows – World Premiere
Edward Thompson – Blessed Be You
Dale Trumbore – I Am Music

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FERUS festival 2018 with Sxip Shirey
Jan
15
7:00 PM19:00

FERUS festival 2018 with Sxip Shirey

For the third night of the FERUS Festival, Sxip Shirey presents three pieces built around death, disappearance, and returning home. The pieces will be accompanied by the unique dancer Coco Karol, who also does choreography for the show. The show also will feature the puppetry of three notable performers: Basil TwistErin Orr, and Chris Green.

“Sxip Shirey works in the places where noise becomes music and does things that make you realize there are no boundaries between noise and music—or not like you imagine.” — Bestselling fiction author Neil Gaiman

Latency, an Elegy for David Bowie,” features 5 singers, hocketing melodic line syllable by syllable, marbles willing in glass bowls, spinning weight plates, mechanical artificial heart beat, voice sung from cell phone to cell phone creating delays and feedback through electronic latency and a dancer who climbs over the composer.

Amelia Found” is a nocturne that following Amelia Earhart, from sunset and through the night, to a day break where she has disappeared. Before the performance, the audience will be asked to be give the name of a person or thing that has disappeared from their lives. Code key, piano and glass harmonica will incorporate these names and words into the piece as messages sent to heaven in morse code.

In, “The Gauntlet: Sing me a Lullaby, as Under Water,” the 40+ person choir, Choral Chameleon, stands in two long rows facing each other. The choir hockets melodic and harmonic phrases in pairs and then passes these down and across the aisle. As the audience walks through “the gauntlet” they are immersed in sound as the lines of the compositions are passed from singer to singer.

Performing artist this evening includes Composer Sxip Shirey, dancer/choreographer Coco Karol, glass harmonica Jonny Rogers, puppeteers Basil Twist, Chris Green and Erin Orr, singer/morse code key Lacy Rose, singer/violinist Rima Fand, singer Natti Vogel and Choral Chameleon.

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