Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011 Holy Trinity Church 3 West 65th Street (at CPW) New York, NY 8:00 PM Admission $15 (suggested)
Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011 Church of St. Luke in the Fields 487 Hudson Street (south of Christopher) New York, NY 8:00 PM Admission $15 (suggested)
C4 is a unique chorus that is directed and operated collectively by its singing members, functioning not only as a presenting ensemble in its own right but also as an ongoing workshop and recital chorus for the emerging composers and conductors who form the core of the group. It is the first organization of its kind and one of the few choral groups in the nation to focus exclusively on the music of our time, performing only music written in the last twenty-five years.
C4 was founded in November 2005 by a small cadre of veterans of New York City's choral scene who sought a chance to explore new directions for themselves and for choral music in a collaborative, artist-friendly environment. Following an initial round of auditions in January, preparations began for C4's first full-length concert, presented to a sold-out house at the Norwegian Seamen’s Church on June 9, 2006. The concert featured four world premieres and was selected as Time Out New York's Don't Miss! classical/opera pick of the night.
Michael Dellaira’s music is known for its “haunting harmonies” (NewMusicBox.org), “eloquence and sensitivity” (New York Times) and “flair for vocal writing” (ClassicsToday.com). His opera Chéri, on a libretto by Susan Yankowitz (after the novel by Colette) was a finalist for the 2006 Richard Rodgers Award in Musical Theater and has been performed by both opera and Broadway singers in workshops at American Opera Projects, the Center for Contemporary Opera and The Actors Studio. His first work for theater, the monodrama Maud for mezzo-soprano and computer-generated sounds, was awarded an ASCAP Morton Gould Award, as well as First Prize by the American Society of University Composers. His choral works are widely performed in the U.S. and Europe, most recently at the NEA-sponsored “American Masterpieces Festival” in Austin, Texas and at the Eighth World Symposium on Choral Music in Copenhagen.
Dellaira is currently Composer-in-Residence with the Center for Contemporary Opera, and is working on an opera based on Joseph Conrad’s novel, The Secret Agent, with a libretto by J.D. McClatchy. A joint commission from the Center for Contemporary Opera, San Antonio Opera, and Long Leaf Opera (Chapel Hill, NC) the opera will premiere next year.