Leah Crane Headlines DCINY’s ‘Music for the Human Spirit’

By David Salazar

Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY) is set to present “Music for the Human Spirit” on Monday, June 5.

The performance will feature mezzo-soprano Leah Crane with Rodney Wynkoop as guest conductor.

Kicking things off will be DCINY Composer-in-Residence Michael Bussewitz-Quarm’s “Where We Find Ourselves.” The work, consisting of five movements, features lyrics written by historian and writer Shantel Sellers, an Anishinaabe-kwe from Michigan. Performances of “Where We Find Ourselves” will be given by Purdue University Fort Wayne Choirs (IN), under the direction of Dr. William Sauerland; Tennessee State University Meistersingers (TN), led by Dr. Angelica Dunsavage; Choral Society of Durham (NC), directed by Rodney Wynkoop; and more, guided by guest conductor Rodney Wynkoop.

In the second half of the program, conductor/composer Greg Gilpin will perform music specifically for middle school voices. Gilpin will guide the Distinguished Concerts Singers International (DCSI) vocal groups from various institutions, including the Dawn Doherty Academy of Irish Music and Singing (NY) under the direction of Dawn Doherty; Gray Middle School Chorus (FL), led by Jennifer Kale; Haysville Middle School Concert Choir (KS), directed by Paul Graves; Highland Hills Middle School (IN), with Reagan Shourds as the director; K.O. Knudson Vocale (NV), under the guidance of Amy Symes; and McDougle Middle School Choir (NC), led by John Benton.

“The team is so proud to have Michael Bussewitz-Quarm as our DCINY Composer-in-Residence,” said DCINY Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Jonathan Griffith in an official press statement. “Where We Find Ourselves is Quarm’s first performance as Composer-in-Residence, and it is also the New York premiere of the piece. To have Greg Gilpin joining us as an 7-time alumni performer in the same performance is just thrilling. This is the perfect performance to take us into the summer hiatus.”

The performance will begin at 7 p.m. at Stern Auditorium on the Perelman Stage in Carnegie Hall.