Distinguished Concerts International New York City (DCINY) announced today that director Jim Adams and the Paris Community Choir have been invited to participate in the Carnegie Hall premiere performance of Alexander L’Estrange’s Zimbe! on the DCINY Concert Series in New York City. This performance is planned to take place on Friday, May 24, 2019, in Isaac Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall under the baton of Composer/Conductor Alexander L’Estrange. These outstanding musicians will join with other choristers from around the world to form the Distinguished Concerts Singers International, a choir of distinction. Alexander L’Estrange will serve as conductor of the performance and clinician for the residency.
Dr. Jonathan Griffith, Artistic Director, and Principal Conductor for DCINY states “The Paris Community Choir received this invitation because of the quality and high level of musicianship demonstrated by the singers as well as the quality of their audition recording. “It is quite an honor just to be invited to perform in New York. These wonderful musicians not only represent a high quality of music and education, but they also become ambassadors for the entire community. This is an event of extreme pride for everybody and deserving of the community’s recognition and support.” The singers will spend four days and three nights in New York City in preparation for their concert. “The singers will spend approximately 9-10 hours in rehearsals over the four-day residency.” says Griffith, “Not all of the time is spent in rehearsals since there are so much history and culture to see in New York City. However, the performance is the primary purpose for their visit to the city.” Members of the community are encouraged to give financial support in sending these singers to New York by contacting Sydney Young via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Composer Alexander L’Estrange Alexander L’Estrange (b.1974) is an award-winning English choral composer and arranger of international acclaim. Educated at Oxford, he gained a First Class Honours Master of Arts degree in Music. His compositions reflect his background in the English choral tradition and as a professional jazz pianist and double bass player. Alexander L’Estrange presents his music to choirs and their directors with the energy and infectious enthusiasm which has become synonymous with his name. L’Estrange is best known for his grand-scale choral fusion works which draw together singers of all ages.
The first of these was Zimbe! Come to sing the songs of Africa! which received over 150 performances worldwide within its first five years and quickly established his reputation as one of Britain’s most popular living composers. Zimbe’s success has spawned a popular series of 40minute choral commissions for SATB, unison children’s choir and jazz quintet. L’Estrange’s sacred choral works have been recorded by the award-winning chamber choir Tenebrae on a disc entitled On Eagles’ Wings; his song output includes Love’s Philosophy, three settings of poems by Shelley, Tennyson, and Byron. L’Estrange arranges for world-class a cappella groups The Swingle Singers, Voces8 and The King’s Singers, for whom he wrote and produced their Great American Songbook album. As Consultant Editor of Faber Music’s Choral Basics series, he has written hundreds of arrangements of songs from across the musical spectrum.