The New York Virtuoso Singers is set to present American Invention.
The concert will be conducted by Harold Rosenbaum and will be held on Feb. 19, 2023 at Christ & St. Stephen’s Church.
The evening will feature a wide range of American works including world premieres by Pulitzer Prize winner Anthony Davis, Peter Zummo, Elena Ruehr, and William McClelland; New York premieres by Pulitzer Prize winner Tania León and David Patterson. Other music includes pieces by Florence Price, Annea Lockwood, Jessie Montgomery, Mari Esabel Valverde, Nancy Wertsch, and Edie Hill, and 18th, 19th, and 20th-century choral works by William Billings, Lowell Mason, Charles Ives, and Milton Babbitt, as well as an arrangement by William Appling.
The program embraces the inventive and adventurous spirit that has been part of American music’s DNA since William Billings, the country’s first great native-born composer, published his first collection.