The Long Island Choral Society

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THE LONG ISLAND CHORAL SOCIETY is proud of its unique existence as the oldest continuously performing musical group on Long Island. It was founded in 1929 by Dr. Maurice Garabrant who was the organist at the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Garden City. Norman Hollett and Robert Kennedy, both organists at the Cathedral, were subsequent conductors. In 1979, Meredith Elaine Baker became the fourth conductor when the Choral Society became independent of the Cathedral. For the 84th, 85th and 86th Seasons we presented two of our four concerts in the Concert Hall at the Adelphi University Performing Arts Center. This Season we are moving to a new venue, the beautiful Chapel at St. Anthony’s High School in Huntington for our November performance of Haydn’s Creation and our annual December performance of Messiah, Part I. Our March concert, for which the content has not yet been decided, will either be at St. Anthony’s or at St. William the Abbot R.C. Church in Seaford. The Spring Concert venue in May has also not been decided, so please check our website frequently for updates. A map to St. Anthony’s is included. Parking and entrance are in the rear of the school.

The Long Island Choral Society has a reputation for singing the finest works of choral music in performances of the highest caliber with professional soloists and orchestras. This fine all-volunteer choir is comprised of more than fifty singers, both amateur and professional, who come from more than forty communities in the Metropolitan area. Among singers of note who have performed with the Long Island Choral Society in the past are John Charles Thomas, Robert Merrill, Gladys Swarthout, Ray deVoll, Betsy Norden, Muriel Costa-Greenspon, and more recently Gary Glaze, Gregory Mercer and Patrick Carfizzi.

Since 1929, the Long Island Choral Society has presented premiere performances of music by Honegger, Langlais, Britten, Bernstein, and Stravinsky. They also performed in the movie This is Cinerama. In 1985 and 1986, the Long Island Choral Society sang with the U.S. Military Academy Band at West Point in their 1812 Overture Concert on Labor Day Weekend, the first nonmilitary group to do so. The Choral Society was privileged to sing at Federal Hall in New York City during the celebration of the Bicentennial of the U.S. Constitution in 1987.

For the 60th Anniversary Season in 1989, the Long Island Choral Society performed Verdi’s Requiem for a standing room only audience at the Cathedral. In 1998, they again performed Verdi’s Requiem, but this time it was for their debut in Carnegie Hall with MidAmerica Productions. Verdi’s Requiem returned in 2009 as they celebrated their Eightieth Anniversary. They have appeared at Carnegie Hall several times including in performances of Mahler’s Eighth Symphony on November 9, 2007 and January 14, 2013 with the Canterbury Choral Society of New York conducted by one of Meredith Baker’s mentors, Charles Dodsley Walker.

In July 1990, the Long Island Choral Society traveled to Italy for its first foreign concert tour. In July 1992, an ensemble toured Holland, France, and Germany, singing a total of six concerts in thirteen days.

The Seventy-sixth Season was very special with our first performance of Bach’s Mass in B minor since 1990 and the establishment of the Endowment Fund. Bach’s Mass in B minor returned last Season on March 14, 2015 at the Adelphi University Performing Arts Center.