The fledgling Choral Society gave its first concert at the Waldorf School of Garden City. Joined by Barbara Smith-Conrad of the Metropolitan Opera and accompanied by a chamber orchestra, the group performed Brahms folk songs, Michael Haydn's Run Ye Shepherds and the Vivaldi Gloria. Two trumpeters completed the program with a Vivaldi concerto.
The first two-day Baroque Festival was held at the Church of the Epiphany in Hempstead. In the orchestra was Gerard Schwartz who later became the first trumpeter of the New York Philharmonic and is now a well-known conductor. Bach's Magnificat was the featured composition.
This performance of the Saint Matthew Passion placed the Choral Society in the forefront of the early music movement. Douglas Perry, as the Evangelist, was featured with noted baroque soprano Charlene Peterson.
The mighty Verdi Requiem was performed at the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Garden City with orchestra and soloists. During the early years we sang this work at Queens College. Performing this magnificent composition again was an exhilarating experience.
The Choral Society sang Mendelssohn's great oratorio Eljah for the fifth time. Robert Gardener, the young American baritone, sang the title role. He is now performing with the Munich Opera.
The Choral Society celebrated its 40th anniversary by performing three concerts including Honegger's King David.
Performance of the complete Handel Messiah with period instruments.