Welcum Yule Christmas Concert


Mark your “Holiday Calendars,” because this year’s “Welcum Yule” Christmas Concert is extraordinary, as it features Hoboken native & child prodigy Composer Daniel Castellanos. Only 13 years old, Daniel has been already lauded by the New York Times, for his debut “Eternal Light” (2008.) This Sunday, December 14th at 6pm.

Read all about it below.


13 year old Hoboken Composer premieres a new work

Our Lady of Grace R.C. Church (4th & Willow) will present “Welcum Yule: Eight Centuries of Christmas Music,” an enchanting holiday season concert , on Sunday, December 14, 2008 at 6:00 p.m. One of the top adult choruses in the nation, the Canticum Novum Singers, under the direction of renowned conductor Harold Rosenbaum, will join the Hoboken Choir School to perform an inspiring program spanning all of the great periods of choral music. The New York Times has hailed “Chamber choruses don’t come any better” in reference to the Canticum Novum Singers.

The concert will feature the world premiere of a newly commissioned work for chorus by Hoboken native Daniel Castellanos (b.1995). Young Castellanos is currently an 8th grader attending the St. Thomas Boys Choir School in Manhattan, and his first composition, “Eternal Light” (2008), was described by The New York Times as “ straightforward, serene and attractively harmonized; nothing about it marks it as the work of a child, and it sounded entirely at home alongside the choir’s velvety rendering of Samuel Barber’s “Agnus Dei”. His newest composition, “The Savior’s Work,” is a commission from organist/conductor Andrew Cyr for this concert and is scored for a cappella chorus and soloists.

The Canticum Novum Singers are joining the gifted children of the Hoboken Choir School, Hudson County’s only scholarship choral program for kids, under the direction of conductor Andrew Cyr. The audience will hear all of this accompanied by New Jersey’s most historic pipe organ in a truly stunning space for music, Our Lady of Grace Church. The program will feature Christmas music both new and old, including some of the most cheri shed holiday melodies.


For ticket reservations to “Welcum Yule,” please call the Music Office of Our Lady of Grace Church at 201-659-0369. Advanced tickets to the performance are $7.00 for individuals, $10.00 for two, and family packages for $15.00. Tickets at the door are $10.00 for individual, $15.00 for two, and family packages for $20.00.

See more about the artists after the jump.

The Canticum Novum Singers

The Canticum Novum Singers, hailed by critics and audiences alike, is now in its 34th exciting season under the direction of its founder, Harold Rosenbaum. During the past 34 years, this chamber choir has achieved both national and international recognition for its stylistic versatility, vocal blend, and expressive range. For more information, visit www.canticumnovum.org.

The Hoboken Choir School

The Hoboken Choir School is a community-based choral and music education program whose mission seeks to enrich the musical, artistic, and social development of young children in the Hoboken and Hudson County metropolitan area. Founded in December 2004, the Hoboken Choir School for Children provides children between the ages of 8 and 16 a free and fully endowed musical education, including concentrated professional vocal training, social activities, and a dedication to the highest level of choral artistic expression, regardless of previous musical experience or religious background. The School was founded by Artistic Director Andrew Cyr, Music Director of the Church of Our Lady of Grace, Hoboken, N.J. For more information, visit www.hobokenchoirschool.org.

Hoboken Our Lady of Grace Church

Harold Rosenbaum

Harold Rosenbaum is one of the most accomplished and critically acclaimed choral conductors of our time. A vital force in American choral music for 33 years, Mr. Rosenbaum is founder and artistic director of two major choral groups: The Canticum Novum Singers now celebrating its 33rd season, and The New York Virtuoso Singers, now marking its 18th. Mr. Rosenbaum has conducted 1,300 concerts with these choirs and with others, including Westchester Oratorio Society, and his university choirs. In addition, he has collaborated over 100 times with leading orchestras such as The New York Philharmonic with James Conlon, The Brooklyn Philharmonic (over 50 times) with Robert Spano, Lukas Foss, Dennis Russell Davies, Michael Christie, and Grant Llewellyn, The American Symphony with Leon Botstein, The American Composers Orchestra with Steven Sloane, The Riverside Symphony with George Rothman, The Orchestra of St. Luke’s with Sir Charles Mackerras, plus The Juilliard Orchestra, The Bard Festival Orchestra, and others. He has also collaborated with P.D.Q. Bach in Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Halls, with The Mark Morris Dance Group, Bang on a Can, The Glyndebourne Opera Company, and The Bel Canto Opera Company.

Mr. Rosenbaum’s choirs have performed many times on Lincoln Center’s Great Performers Series, and have appeared on The David Letterman Show, at The Tanglewood Festival, and in concerts with James Galway, Tony Randall, Tony Bennett, Licia Albanese, Marianne Faithful, Leonard Slatkin, The Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society, Ilana Vered, Ned Rorem, F. Murray Abraham, and many others.

As a consultant to G. Schirmer, Inc. and Hal Leonard Corporation, Mr. Rosenbaum performs several important roles. He composes, recommends scores for publication, gives workshops and clinics, and shares his broad knowledge of the choral field with Schirmer’s editorial and marketing team. Recently he uncovered and edited a major choral work by Samuel Barber, which G. Schirmer is in the process of publishing.

Andrew Cyr

Conductor and organist Andrew Cyr is a leader in every aspect of the rapidly growing urban contemporary classical music scene. Engaging a new model of Music Director-as-communicator-and-conduit, Cyr successfully attracts young, diverse audiences for classical music through intimate concerts, passionate performances, education initiatives, grassroots community events, and a natural application of digital media and marketing. Cyr commissions, premieres and records new works from the freshest voices in classical composition, including Timothy Andres, David Bruce, Jakub Ciupinski, Avner Dorman, Ryan Francis, Ryan Gallagher, Raymond Lustig, Ricardo Romaneiro, Cristina Spinei, and Michael Ward-Bergeman. Born out of his enthusiasm for connecting young musicians and composers with their contemporaries in other fields, Cyr’s Metropolis Ensemble, founded in 2006, comprises some of the finest chamber musicians and soloists in New York City.

As a music director, Cyr is dedicated to programming the music of 20th century greats such as John Adams, Stravinsky, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Ravel, Shostakovich, Satie, Britten, Osvaldo Golijov, Copland, Virgil Thomson, Kurt Weill and David Schiff. Cyr’s repertoire as organist spans from the Baroque masterpieces of Bach and Couperin, to the great Romantic and Modern works of Franck, Widor, Tournemire and Messiaen. Additionally, Cyr has collaborated with a number of artists who defy classification, including mandolinist Avi Avital, pianists Eliran Avni, Steve Beck, and Anna Polonsky, vocal artists Hai-Ting Chin, Kiera Duffy, Daniel Neer, Melissa Fogarty, and Hila Plitmann, flutist Mindy Kaufman, violinists Arnaud Sussmann and Lily Francis, and jazz saxophonist Marty Ehrlich. He has worked and appeared with the L’Orchestre National Des Pays de la Loire, France, D’Angers Nantes Opera, the New York Philharmonic, the Royal Concergebouw Orchestra, Masterworks Chorus, Westminster Symphonic Choir, and Rutgers University Opera, among others.

In their most recent appearance, Cyr and the Metropolis Ensemble were presented by Celebrate Brooklyn and The Wordless Music Series alongside indie rock sensation Deerhoof, performing to an audience of over 10,000 in a groundbreaking outdoor concert in Prospect Park. This newly commissioned The Rite: Remixed was featured in a live web-cast on NPR, in addition to a local primetime broadcast on WNYC.

Cyr’s debut as recording artist will feature the chamber orchestra concerti of Avner Dorman and was recently made in collaboration with the Grammy-winner and Classical Producer of the Year (2005) David Frost. The album is set for international release in 2009 and was the subject of the American Society for Composers and Performers Audio Portrait in July of 2008.

A native of Maine and resident of New York City, Cyr studied trumpet with Jules Modat at the French National Conservatory (Etudes supérieures), organ with Dr. Marion Anderson at Bates College, Pierre Grandmaison of the Basilique de Notre-Dame, Montreal, Stefan Engels of the Hochschule fur Musik and Theater, and Harvey Burgett, St. Thomas More Church, choral conducting with Dr. Joseph Flummerfelt and Dr. Andrew Megill of Westminster Choir College, Princeton, NJ, and orchestral conducting with Kynan Johns of Rutgers University and Kenneth Kiesler of the University of Michigan. He has served as lecturer in conducting at Rutgers University and as Assistant Organist for the Church of St. Thomas More, New York City and the Basilique de Notre-Dame, Montreal, and is currently the Titular Organist at Our Lady of Grace Church and a member of the adjunct music faculty at St. David’s School, a distinguished private school in Manhattan.

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“Welcum…” 😆

(I think I should have had just ONE glass of Pinot Grigio, tonight– not two!)