Clarion Choir
Clarion Choir

Rachmaninoff: All-Night Vigil

Steven Fox '00, conductor
May 03, 2023

This event occurred as part of the 22/23 Hop Presents season. This is an archived view.

Celebrate the Russian composer's 150th anniversary with a nocturnal hymn emanating hope.

22/23 Hop Presents

Long steeped in the Russian choral and operatic masterpieces, Clarion Choir demonstrates their prowess in performing All-Night Vigil, a quiet, reflective and deeply moving set of vespers that exudes light as it gradually moves toward daybreak.

Clarion Choir—one of New York's leading professional choirs and three-time Grammy nominee—has received countless accolades for its recordings, premieres and tour performances in Europe and Russia. Artistic Director Steven Fox '00 has played a significant role in the rediscovery and conducting of the premieres and performances of a number of major Russian 18th and early 20th-century works.

HOP Members are invited to a reception following the concert with Steven Fox '00. More details to follow.

Clarion Choir
One of the country's leading professional vocal ensembles, The Clarion Choir has performed on some of the great stages of North America and Europe. This season they will perform twice at Carnegie Hall, and make their debut at the Auditorio Nacional de Música in Madrid, Cal Performances in Berkeley, and LA Opera with The English Concert and Harry Bicket. Their recent recording of Kastalsky's Requiem reached #1 on the Billboard Traditional Classical Charts, and was nominated for a Grammy for Best Choral Performance. The Clarion Choir has performed regularly in recent years as part of the MetLiveArts series at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; including performances of large-scale Renaissance works by Victoria, Palestrina, Tavener and Guerrero in the Medieval Sculpture Hall and the Met Cloisters. The Choir, and artistic director Steven Fox, have collaborated in recent years with renowned artists such as Harry Bicket and The English Concert at Carnegie Hall, Eric Jacobsen and The Knights, Susan Graham, Leonard Slatkin and the Orchestra of St. Luke's, and Madonna at the 2018 Met Gala.

Steven Fox '00 is Artistic Director of The Clarion Choir & The Clarion Orchestra in New York, and Music Director of Cathedral Choral Society at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC. The 2022-2023 season sees his conducting debuts with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Ballet and as Cover Conductor for Jaap van Zweden at the New York Philharmonic. In previous seasons, he has conducted the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, Opéra de Québec, Chicago's Music of the Baroque, San Francisco's Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Boston's Handel and Haydn Society, Juilliard415, Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Portland's Cappella Romana and Toronto's Theatre of Early Music. His performances have taken him to some of the most prestigious halls internationally, such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall and David H. Koch Theatre, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, London's Barbican Centre and Duke's Hall, St. Petersburg's Grand Philharmonic Hall and Hermitage Theater, Moscow's Rachmaninoff Hall, Paris's Theatre des Champs Elysée and the Vatican.

Steven was named an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music, London, in 2010 'for significant contributions to his field in music,' and has received Grammy nominations for his first three recordings: Steinberg's Passion Week (2016), Kastalsky's Memory Eternal (2018) and Kastalsky's Requiem (2020). He was Chorus Master for the Grammy award-winning recording of Ethel Smyth's The Prison.

Steven has a distinguished background in liturgical music, having served as Acting Director of Music for the renowned music program of Trinity Church, Wall Street in 2009-2010, and, since 2004, as Cantorial Soloist for the High Holy Days at the majestic Temple Emanu-El in New York City.

Steven graduated as a Senior Fellow with High Honors in Music and Russian from Dartmouth College, and with Distinction from the Royal Academy of Music. Steven founded Musica Antiqua St. Petersburg as Russia's first period-instrument orchestra at the age of 21, and premiered several important Russian 18th-century symphonic and operatic works with the orchestra. From 2008 to 2013 he was an Associate Conductor at New York City Opera, and, in 2011, served as Assistant Conductor for the Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artists Program and Juilliard Opera. He has given master classes and clinics at The Royal Academy of Music, Dartmouth College, The Juilliard School and Yale University, where he served for two years as preparatory conductor of the Yale Schola Cantorum.


"Who could fail to be knocked sideways by the balanced tones and glorious thrust of New York's Clarion Choir (so aptly named)"

The Times of London

an esteemed director”

The New Yorker (on Steven Fox)
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