Since its founding under choral titan Robert Shaw in 1941, The Collegiate Chorale has had a storied career, with performances under the leadership of such legendary conductors as Arturo Toscanini, Serge Koussevitzky, James Levine, and Lorin Maazel, as well as commissions of works by Antonin Dvorák, Aaron Copland, Samuel Barber, Benjamin Britten, and Paul Hindemith. The ensemble’s repertoire includes masterworks such as Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, Verdi’s Requiem, and Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 as well as rarities such as Schubert’s opera Fierrebras, Strauss’s Friedenstag, and Weill’s The Firebrand of Florence.
Among The Collegiate Chorale’s vaunted operatic collaborators are singers Renee Fleming, Bryn Terfel, Stephanie Blythe, Deborah Voigt, Thomas Hampson, and Lauren Flanigan. Perhaps needless to say, lovers of the choral/operatic catalog would do well to attend a Chorale concert.
Collegiate Chorale Information
- Other Venues: Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, 1941 Broadway (at 65th Street); and the Central Synagogue, 652 Lexington Avenue (at 55th Street)
- Public Transportation: Excellent for all locations. Isaac Stern Auditorium, Carnegie Hall (easily accessible by subway lines N, Q, and R at 57th Street/7th Avenue; B, D, and E at 7th Avenue; F at 57th Street; and buses M5, M7, M20, M31, M57, and M104). Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center (convenient to subway lines 1 at 66th Street/Lincoln Center; A, B, C, and D, at 59th Street/Columbus Circle; and buses M5, M7, M10, M11, M66, and M104). Central Synagogue (easily accessible by subway lines E and M at Lexington Avenue/53rd Street; N, Q, and R at Lexington Avenue/59th Street; 4, 5, and 6 at 59th Street; and buses M1–M4, M31, Q32, M50, M57, M101, M102, and M103)
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good for all
- Performances/Programs: 4-5 concerts per season
- Ticket Prices: $25–$145 depending on seat selection
- Subscriptions: 4-Concert Series subscriptions are available at the beginning of each season
- Membership: Memberships range from $250–$50,000+. Member benefits include a listing in Carnegie Hall’s Playbill; a Collegiate Chorale tote bag; invitations to Open Rehearsals; and advance mailing of concert information and season announcements
- Other Benefits: At the Patron level ($2,500+) members receive an invitation for themselves and a guest to a patron event with The Chorale’s Music Director and an artist, two complimentary companion tickets for the concert of their choosing, and complimentary drinks during intermission at selected venues. At the Benefactor level ($10,000–$24,999) members also receive an invitation to a private reception in the Maestro’s Suite at Carnegie Hall; a small vocal ensemble performance at a favorite restaurant or club or in the members home; and on-stage seating with the artists during a dress rehearsal in Carnegie Hall.