New York Choral Society to Honor Dr. Adolphus Hailstork at Spring Gala

By Brian Tannenbaum

The New York Choral Society will be celebrating 65 years at their annual spring gala on the evening of April 4th in Manhattan.

The event will also honor composer Dr. Adolphus Halistork, chorus member and trustee Michael Roos, and Dee Kittany who is celebrating singing 50 years with The New York Choral Society.

Dr. Hailstork is being honored with the Robert De Cormier Lifetime Achievement award for his five decade career which has produced over 250 compositions. The Choral Society has been a flagbearer of Dr. Hailstork’s works, notably the New York premier of “A Knee on the Neck,” a cantata written to remember George Floyd.

In addition to celebrating the evening’s honorees, the gala will also feature the world premiere of “Four Madrigals,” the newest addition to the society’s film series, “Our Voices.” To date, the series comprises nine digital shorts intended to expand the boundaries of choral music while touching on poignant contemporary social topics.

Actor and comedian Andy Peeke will serve as the soiree’s host who is doing double duty as auctioneer for the silent auction which guests will have the opportunity to participate in as they enjoy their sit-down dinner. Additionally, soprano Cierra Byrd and tenor Bernard Holcomb will also appear and perform at the banquet.

The New York Choral Society’s gala will be held on Thursday, April 4th at 6:00 p.m. local time in the Metropolitan Club. Located at 1 East 60th Street.