Musica Viva NY Presents “An Elegy for All Humanity”

May 7, 2017 5:00 PM | New York, NY

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Musica Viva NY, led by Artistic Director Dr. Alejandro Hernandez-Valdez, closes its 2016-2017 season on Sunday, May 7 at 5:00 p.m. at All Souls Church with An Elegy for All Humanity, featuring a performance of Brahms’ German-language masterpiece, Ein deutches Requiem (A German Requiem) in a chamber arrangement by Joachim Linckelmann with the Musica Viva NY choir and soloists soprano Devony Smith and bass-baritone Joseph Beutel.

Also on the program is prolific pianist and composer Seymour Bernstein’s cantata Song of Nature--inspired by the Ralph Waldo Emerson’s essay, Nature--in a new arrangement by Dr. Hernandez-Valdez, and narrated by David Rockefeller, Jr.

Preceding the concert is a screening of Ethan Hawke’s acclaimed documentary Seymour: An Introduction, a warm and witty tribute to Seymour Bernstein, as he shares stories from his life, together with insightful reflections on art, creativity, and the search for fulfillment. The screening takes place at 2:30 p.m. in Reidy Friendship Hall at All Souls Church, followed by a Q&A session with Bernstein.

Founded in 1977, Musica Viva NY—a chamber choir of thirty professionals and highly skilled volunteers—is driven by a desire to share the transcendent power of choral and instrumental music with audiences in New York City and beyond. With a broad repertoire that includes new compositions and classic masterworks, Musica Viva NY emphasizes artistic excellence and transformative interpretations to ennoble the human spirit; its imaginative programming offers joy, solace and renewal in a complex world.

Location and time:

All Souls Church
1157 Lexington Ave. at 80th St., NY 10075
Sunday, May 7, 5:00 PM

Tickets are available by visiting or can be purchased at the door.