THE CHORAL SOCIETY AND ORCHESTRA OF GRACE CHURCH
LED BY MUSIC DIRECTOR JOHN MACLAY
PRESENTS RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS’ A SEA SYMPHONY
AT ALICE TULLY HALL ON SATURDAY, MAY 2, 2020, at 3PM


Soprano Tami Petty and Baritone Hadleigh Adams are the Featured Soloists for Performance of Vaughan Williams’ Epic Work

NEW YORK, NY — On Saturday, May 2, 2020, at 3:00 p.m. in Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Music Director John Maclay will lead the Choral Society and Orchestra of Grace Church in a performance of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ A Sea Symphony . Featured soloists Tami Petty (soprano) and Hadleigh Adams (baritone) will join the ensemble for this performance of a rarely heard masterwork that changed the orchestral landscape at the beginning of the 20th century. 

Ralph Vaughan Williams was one of the foremost English composers of the 20th century, beloved by listeners and credited with over 1,000 choral works and nine symphonies. With his first major multi-movement work, the 1910  A Sea Symphony , he refashioned the role of the chorus in the symphonic form. This highly original synthesis of words and music features the chorus in every movement, woven into the structure and texture of the piece. Stirred by a youthful encounter with the bold and expansive poetry of Walt Whitman, Vaughan Williams selected passages from his well-worn copy of  Leaves of Grass  that invoked the sea as a call to both outer and inner exploration. In  A Sea Symphony , the listener experiences an ocean voyage as a metaphor for one’s personal journey through life. 

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Tickets
Saturday, May 2, 2020, at 3:00 p.m. 
The Choral Society and Orchestra of Grace Church
Alice Tully Hall

John Maclay , conductor
Tami Petty , soprano
Hadleigh Adams , baritone

Ralph Vaughan Williams: A Sea Symphony

Tickets a vailable as of March 12

Tickets, ranging in price from $19-$64, can be purchased by visiting www.thechoralsociety.org, calling 212-721-6500 or visiting the Alice Tully box office located at Broadway and 65th Street anytime from Monday–Saturday 10:00 am–6:00 pm, Sunday 12:00–6:00 pm.

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About The Choral Society
The Choral Society is a non-sectarian ensemble of 155 experienced professional and avocational singers who volunteer their time and talents in the service of the choral art form. The chorus’s repertoire spans seven centuries, from the Renaissance masters to the great oratorios. Supported by some of New York’s finest freelance orchestra players, the group reaches thousands of listeners each year through the uniquely inclusive medium of choral singing. The Choral Society was profiled in 2015 by the nationally televised PBS-WNET magazine Religion and Ethics Newsweekly. More information about The Choral Society can be found at thechoralsociety.org .
John Maclay , Music Director
Hadleigh Adams , baritone
Tami Petty , soprano
John Maclay is in his twenty-first season as music director of the Choral Society. The Choral Society’s 2005 debut at the Metropolitan Museum of Art as part of its prestigious Concerts and Lectures Series was noted by critics for its “carefully considered” programming and the “discipline and passion” of the chorus. John accompanied and conducted choruses at Haverford and Bryn Mawr Colleges. While in graduate school, he was assistant conductor of the Harvard Glee Club, America’s oldest collegiate chorus.

Major choral-orchestral works performed by the Choral Society under Maclay’s baton include the Verdi Requiem, Vaughan Williams Dona Nobis Pacem , Bach Mass in B minor, Beethoven Missa Solemnis , Brahms Requiem, Duruflé Requiem, Bernstein Chichester Psalms , Barber Prayers of Kierkegaard , and Fauré Requiem, as well as Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Haydn’s Creation and late masses.
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