Dec 7, 2010

United States Premiere of Karl Jenkins’ Newest Masterpiece Gloria Launches DCINY’s 2011 Concert Season

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NEW YORK, N.Y. – October 12, 2010 – Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY) opens its 2011 Concert Season on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with acclaimed Welsh composer Karl Jenkins’ Gloria (US Premiere) and Stabat Mater. Conducted by Maestro Jonathan Griffith, DCINY Artistic Director and Principal Conductor, the performance will take place at New York City’s Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall, on January 17, 2011 at 7:00 pm with Dr. Jenkins in attendance.

The performance of Gloria will mark the work’s United States Premiere. In composing Gloria, Jenkins used the Latin text of the Gloria, derived from the song of the angels announcing the birth of Jesus. Interested in exploring how other religions conceive of the divine, Jenkins also selected excerpts from the Bhagavad Gita, the Diamond Sutra, the Tao Te Ching, and the Qur’an. This spirit of inclusion makes it an ideal commemoration for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Rounding out the program is Jenkins’ Stabat Mater. The text is a powerful hymn dating from the 13th century that meditates on the suffering of Mary during Christ’s crucifixion. Says Jenkins, “I tend to look outside the purely Western European tradition for inspiration and freshness so, apart from setting the religious text, I have also included words by ancient writers from what is now the Middle East.” Stabat Mater also includes instruments and solo vocals characteristic of Middle Eastern music.

Stabat Mater will feature mezzo-soprano Charlotte Daw Paulsen, whose recent appearance in Rossini's Petite Messe Solenelle was called "dramatic in the best sense and utterly gripping" by the New York Times. Ms. Paulsen's Western classical singing will be juxtaposed with the Middle Eastern-based vocals of Belinda Sykes, who will also demonstrate her virtuosity on the mey, a Middle Eastern reed instrument. Both works will also feature Distinguished Concerts Singers International, a stellar group of vocalists from across the US, South Africa, and England.

Welshman Karl Jenkins is one of the most prolific, popular, and performed composers in the world today, with a powerful style that continually transcends musical boundaries. He was appointed as Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2005 “for services to music.”

Maestro Dr. Jonathan Griffith’s conducting credits include the Manhattan Philharmonic, the New England Symphonic Ensemble, and the European Symphony Orchestra. His 45-plus Carnegie Hall appearances since 1989 have spanned major works of the classical repertoire.

Founded by Iris Derke (General Director) and Jonathan Griffith (Artistic Director and Principal Conductor) Distinguished Concerts International is driven by passion, innovative vision, a total belief in its artists, and unwavering commitment to bringing forth unforgettable audience experiences. With over 20 combined years of experience, DCINY is a creative producing entity with unmatched integrity that is a talent incubator, a star-maker, and a presenter of broadly accessible, world-class musical entertainment. For more information about Distinguished Concerts International in New York and upcoming DCINY musical events around the world, please visit:, or call toll free: 1-877-MYDCINY.

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Karl Jenkins Discusses 'Stabat Mater'

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