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Mar 23, 2020 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

JITRO 'Daybreak' Czech Girls Choir Concert

The girls choir JITRO will perform in St. John Nepomucene Church on the 66th & 1st Avenue.


March 23, 7PM

St. John Nepomucene Church on the 66th & 1st Avenue, New York


JITRO, meaning "Daybreak" in Czech, is more than just a concert choir from Hradec Králové, a town in the Czech Republic. It is an organization of 400 children in seven preparatory ensembles, of which only the best 25 or 30 qualify to tour. For 45 years they have been admired all over the world for their tonal brilliance, superb intonation, distinctive rich blend of sound and energetic vitality. Today, Jitro is considered as one of the best children's choirs anywhere in the world. Many awards have been bestowed on the choir by international juries, including prestigious European contests such as Llangollen (1988), Nantes (1989), Neerpelt (1996), Olomouc (2003), Xiamen (2006), Lecco (2010), Pardubice (2015), Žilina (2017) and Sydney (2018).

America's love of Jitro was re-born when the choir was invited to sing at the National Convention of the American Choral Conductors Association in San Antonio, Texas in 1993. Standing ovations were given by thousands of professional American conductors in the auditorium. An official response from Dr. J. B. Haberlen, ACDA President, "Our ACDA members will long remember your concerts, as they were a major highlight of the 1993 convention.” The excitement in this select audience of choral conductors and their sustained applause attest to this fact. Professor Doreen Rao of Toronto University commented, "Are you aware that you have just changed forever the character and style of all American choral singing?"

Jitro Choir makes over 100 appearances annually and has sung with other renowned choruses, including the American Boys' Choir. Jitro has performed with the Bavarian Symphonic Orchestra, the Milano Symphonic Orchestra, the Prague Symphony Orchestra and Czech Philharmonic. They have performed in prestigious concert halls in Prague, Barcelona, Hale, Bern, Basle, Dortmund, Avignon, Toulouse, Strasbourg, Austin, Cincinnati, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Washington, Baltimore, Atlanta, Nashville, Indianapolis, Madison, Chicago, Penn State University, New York City, Huston, San Antonio, Dallas, Corpus Christi, Oklahoma City, Kansas City, Tokyo, Osaca, Sydney, Hong Kong, Xiamen, and many more.

The Jitro Choir's classical discography includes 39 solo Jitro discs. They have recorded with various companies like Supraphon, BMA, Classico, Amabile, ArcoDiva and Navona Recordings. The recent discography of the choir contains a special edition of CDs devoted to famous composers associated with the choir: Antonín Dvořák, Bohuslav Martinů, Otmar Mácha, Petr Eben, Ilja Hurník, Jan Jirásek.
Since 1977, Jiří Skopal has led the choir as Artistic Director and Principle Conductor winning high praise for his brilliant leadership, and pianist Michael Chrobák’s superb playing adds luster to the choir’s remarkable performances.

Antonio VIVALDI (1678-1741)                                       
**Gloria / de Gloria / 

Jan Campanus VODŇANSKÝ (1572-1622)                    
**Favete linquis singuli

Jacobus GALLUS (1550-1591)
**Pueri concinite 
**Ascendit Deus
Arvid PLATPERS (b. 1948)                                              
**Ave Maria

Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897)                                      
**Regina coeli
Franz BIEBL (1906-2001)                                     
**Ave Maria

Jan JIRÁSEK (b. 1955)                                                   
**Te Deum laudamus

Petr ŘEZNÍČEK (?)                                                         
**Salve Regina

Henk BADINGS (1907-1987)                                           
**Kyrie eleison

Petr Eben (1929-2007)                                                   
**Liturgické zpěvy

Randal Thompson (1899-1984)                                   

Ilja HURNÍK (1922-2013)                                               
**Deo Gratias



East River Concerts, 1222 1st Ave, New York, NY 10065, USA


Mar 23, 2020 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM


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