New York Choral Society to Present ‘Angel of Many Signs’

By David Salazar

The New York Choral Society will present “Angel of Many Signs” on Nov. 17 and 18, 2023 at the Gerald Lynch Theater in New York.

The show features the stage premiere of Kevin Siegfried’s “Angel of Light” and the 12th century music of Hildegard of Bingen. Audiences will hear music by such composers as Faith Zimmer, Sarah Kirkland Snyder, Tarik O’Regan, Missy Mazzoli, Ola Gjeilo, and Nancy Grundahl.

David Hayes conducts the program, which will showcase such soloists as soprano Chantal Freeman, the Bergamot Quartet, visual artist Saya Woolfalk, and composer Raquel Acevedo Klein.

“In recent years, the power and autonomy of women have faced challenges,” said New York Choral Society’s Executive Director Pat Owens in an official press statement issued by the company. “This production serves as a poignant reminder of the essential role women play in inspiring us.” Music Director David Hayes adds, “With its ‘remixes’ of Hildegard of Bingen’s music—an approach more commonly associated with contemporary pop music’s reinterpretations of older songs created through live improvisatory responses by the Bergamont Quartet and Raquel Acevedo Klein—this production initiates a thought-provoking dialogue between 12th-century compositions and the 21st century.”

The performance on Nov. 17 kicks off at 7:30 p.m. local time with the Nov. 18 show scheduled for 2 p.m.