2019 Year in Review
Starting out the year, KHORIKOS collaborated with Emmy Award-winning recording engineer Dan Dzula to produce this recording of internationally performed and awarded American composer Kala Pierson's "joyful no," written for KHORIKOS and premiered in December 2018. Listen to the recording now.
On Valentine's Day, KHORIKOS performed a program in the beautiful chapel at St. Bart's as part of Gotham Early Music Scene's Midtown Concert Series. Our program, "Love and Lamentations," featured works by Early music giants Guillaume du Machaut, Carlo Gesualdo, and Claudio Monteverdi, among lesser-known gems from Antonio Ferrabosco the Elder and Melchior Franck.
In March, KHORIKOS presented the next iteration of our SAROS cycles: Our Nature, which featured the "Coral del Arrecife" from Osvaldo Golijov's Oceana, alongside works new and old by Josquin des Prez, Maurice Bourbon, James Macmillan, Thea Musgrave, and more. The program reflected on the complex intermingling of natural imagery and human projection in choral repertoire.
KHORIKOS was putting final touches on our albums, working with Emmy Award-winning recording engineer Dan Dzula.
On May 24, KHORIKOS performed at The Dimenna Center for Classical Music to celebrate the simultaneous release of two groundbreaking studio albums: Joy and Grief and Rest, featuring KHORIKOS's favorite repertoire from the last several years, and Vultum Tuum Deprecabuntur, a limited-release EP of the rare motet cycle by Josquin des Prez.
KHORIKOS Releases Two New Albums:
Joy and Grief and Rest
Vultum Tuum Deprecabuntur
KHORIKOS received its BBC premiere on BBC Radio 3's program In Tune. KHORIKOS's recording of Irish composer Katie Bamford's "Ecstasy," a winner of the 3rd ORTUS International New Music Competition in 2017. Listen now to our recording of "Ecstasy":
KHORIKOS's recording of Thomas Tallis' "Sancte Deus" was selected for Spotify's Classical New Releases playlist. It remains our highest streaming song on Spotify. Give it a listen here!
Joy and Grief and Rest and Home: From Our Archives was released on Spotify and other digital download platforms. It is now also available in lossless digital form when you purchase Joy and Grief and Rest on Bandcamp.
As summer came to a close, KHORIKOS embarked on a tour to Serbia and Montenegro--two countries of the Balkan region of Europe with long and rich choral traditions. Working closely with Marita Topic, Serbian choral educator, conductor, and director of women's ensemble Musica Viva, KHORIKOS toured in multiple Serbian cities, performing in cultural centers, art spaces, and festivals, including the 54th Days of Mokranjac Festival, which takes place ever year in Negotin, Serbia--the hometown of Serbia's beloved composer Stevan Mokranjac--as well as the 5th International Choir Festival in Herceg Novi, Montenegro. KHORIKOS was honored to win the competition portion of the Days of Mokranjac Festival, and to be recognized for our artful interpretation of the Mokranjac's choral music. KHORIKOS proudly represented the American choral music tradition to audiences across Serbia, and was enriched by the opportunity to learn from the Serbian (and larger Balkan-regional) choral traditions from choirs and even century-old choral societies met during the tour. KHORIKOS's tour repertoire included works featured on Joy and Grief and Rest, such as Evelin Seppar's "Sirelite aegu," Ben Zucker's "when we arrive at home," Andrew Smith's "Nunc Dimittis," and many more. It was a joyful and humbling experience for KHORIKOS to share our art with appreciative audiences overseas, and we are grateful to the people of Serbia and Montenegro for their warm reception, delicious food, and multiple TV interviews!
On December 13 and 14, KHORIKOS premiered Andrew Smith's O Antiphons, a set of seven advent antiphons written for KHORIKOS, at The Church of the Blessed Sacrament and The Shrine Church of St. Anthony in New York City, respective. Andrew Smith was in attendance, and KHORIKOS also performed Bach's funeral motet "Komm, Jesu, Komm," and works by Alfred Schnittke and Arvo Pärt in a program exploring anticipation and the themes-and-variation paradigm.
HERE'S TO 2020!
Our 2019 was full to the brim with rich experiences, heartbreaking music, and new and exciting endeavors. We couldn't have done any of it without you. Please consider making a donation now to support our 2020 season, which includes our ORTUS International New Music Competition, deeper explorations of the Early music canon, traveling, and more!
All donations are to our dedicated 501(c)(3) organization, Dorian Artists Corporation, and are 100% tax deductible.