Bonnie Nee: Singers congratulated |

Bonnie Nee: Singers congratulated

— On Nov. 29, Yampa Valley Singers from Steamboat Springs joined Distinguished Concerts International New York’s annual presentation of “Messiah … Refreshed,” at Carnegie Hall.

The concert featured DCINY’s signature version of Handel’s “Messiah” in the Thomas Beecham, Eugene Goossens 1959 re-orchestration for full symphony orchestra. Yampa Valley Singers performed among the outstanding choirs from 10 countries, across five continents, including soloists and the Distinguished Concerts Orchestra led by maestro Jonathan Griffith. 

New York Concert Review commended the Messiah performance as “a truly uplifting concert experience,” conducted by DCINY Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Jonathan Griffith, who, “took the stage and led this mighty assemblage with the practiced assurance.” NYCR also praised the orchestra’s playing as “polished, exuberant without excessive bombast,” as well as the chorus for its remarkable diction and preparation. 

The Hallelujah Chorus, in particular, thrilled the audience in Carnegie Hall with “the magnificent sound of over 400 voices,” and received several minutes of “thunderous applause” at the end of the chorus. Soloists Diana McVey, Claudia Chapa, John McVeigh and Christopher Job were brilliant in “dealing with their extremely demanding parts while projecting above and through the wall of sound behind them.”

Yampa Valley Singers made a remarkable contribution to what was an unforgettable concert at one of New York City’s legendary cultural landmarks. 

DCINY would like to congratulate everyone in Yampa Valley Singers on their achievement and we look forward to future DCINY Concert Series collaborations.

Bonnie Bee

New York City

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