New Year’s Eve Concert for Peace
The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine (1047 Amsterdam Ave., Manhattan)
Free general admission
The Cathedral marks the New Year with the annual New Year’s Eve Concert for Peace: a celebration of music, dance, prayer and words, to the light of thousands of candles held by everyone attending. This is one of the most glorious events at the Cathedral, and, indeed, in the city: the new year, still dark and cold, is welcomed with light and song as the Muses drop in to bind us to each other with beauty.
The New Year’s Eve Concert for Peace was conceived by Leonard Bernstein. On December 31, 1983, he conducted a program starting with Aaron Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man,” reminding us that wars may be dreamed up and promulgated by the rich, but they are fought by the common men and women of this country, and all countries.
The 2011 New Year’s Eve Concert for Peace is a celebration of African-American Music and the Spiritual as a place of sanctuary for all people. The centerpiece of the concert will be the oratorio A Child of our Time by the distinguished British composer Sir Michael Tippett.
Featured artists will include
Judy Collins, Artist in Residence
Harry Smith, NBC Correspondent
Indra Thomas, Soprano
Rachel Calloway, Mezzo-Soprano
Noah Stewart, Tenor
Soloman Howard, Bass
The Dessoff Symphonic Choirs, Chris Shepard, Music Director
George Mathew, Conductor and Artistic Director, New Year’s Eve Concert for Peace