MAGNIFICAT

Music in Celebration of International Women’s Day

Distinguished Concerts International New York
March 17, 2019
Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, New York, NY

Conducted by Dr. Nancy Menk
Featuring the Saint Mary’s College Choir and Alumnae

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“The concert opened with Johann Michael Haydn, the underappreciated younger brother of Franz Joseph Haydn, and his brief beautiful Magnificat served as a somewhat restrained classical greeting before the more involved works to come. It also provided an introduction to this half’s two soloists, soprano Claire Leyden and mezzo-soprano Lindsey Anderson, both excellent.”

“Dr. Menk conducted expertly throughout her portion of the program, but her skill was especially in evidence in the remaining works, including Libby Larsen’s Canticle of Mary, a canticle of unusual jubilation. Opening with an oboe solo, which in the composer’s words “represents the exuberance and free spirit” of Mary, the piece pulses with anticipation and joy. The choral singers gave their all, and soprano Claire Leyden sent her piercingly beautiful solo soaring from a balcony near the stage.”

- Rorianne Schrade (New York Concert Review)