” …worthy of company with the top amateur choruses in the New York metropolitan area” – The New Music Connoisseur, June 2009, Mark Greenfelt
The Central City Chorus (CCC), founded in 1981, is a New York-based non-profit organization dedication to the mission of sharing the joy of choral music. The sixty-member Chorus is in residence at St. Ignatius of Antioch Episcopal Church under the direction of Phillip Cheah.
The annual program includes three evening-length concerts, additional Outreach Sings during the holiday season, and a Cabaret Benefit. Under the leadership of Charles Pilling, CCC was initially known for its performances of works by Benjamin Britten, Henry Purcell, and other British composers, the Chorus has broadened is repertoire to include the Brahms Requiem, Mozart’s Mass in C Minor, J.S. Bach’s Magnificat and Christmas Oratorio, and Frederick Delius’ Requiem. New York City premieres include; A Feast for Christmas, Emma Lou Diamond; Leaf Songs, Steve Heitzig, based on tests by American poet Wendell Berry; and The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass, Carol Barnett.
Commissioned composers include James Bassi, Elliot Z. Levine, Kristin Kuster, Jonathan David and Frank J. Oteri. Collaborators include Park Avenue Chamber Symphony in a performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Astoria Symphony in a performance of Mendelssohn’s Elijah, and the Empire State Youth Orchestra in a performance of William Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast.