Annual Holiday Concert

Annual Holiday Concert

Lift your voice.
Join The Bronx Concert Singers (BCS) and Music Director Robert René Galván on Sun., Dec. 13th at 4:30 p.m. for the 34th Annual Holiday Concert at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1891 McGraw Avenue, in Parkchester. This Yuletide program features Vivaldi’s Magnificat, seasonal favorites, works by Scarlatti, Villa-Lobos and others performed by the BCS chorus, with keyboardist Tamara Cashour, professional soloists and chamber orchestra. 

Maestro Galván weaves themes of celebration and reflection into an inspiring program of classical music, multi-cultural sacred songs, and Christmas carols featuring the music of celebrated Baroque era composer Antonio Vivaldi.  Works to be performed are Vivaldi’s Magnificat, RV 610, a stirring setting of Mary’s hymn of praise (from Luke 1:46-55); Concerto for Four Violins, movement I, Allegro, RV 580 and Concerto for Two Oboes, movement III, Largo, RV 535.  Additional works include Alessandro Scarlatti’s jubilant Exultate Deo, and his idyllic Pastorale: “Tocco la prima sorte a voi, pastori,” from Christmas Cantata.‎

BCS is the chorus-in-residence at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church.
BCS is the chorus-in-residence at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church.

An integral part of this diverse holiday concert is the incorporation of rhythms and flavors from African American, Caribbean and Latin American music.

Selections include Ariel Ramírez’s rousing “Gloria,” from his Spanish folk Mass, Misa Criolla; Heitor Villa-Lobos’ moving Ave Maria, Roland Carter’s passionate arrangement of the spiritual “Go Tell it on The Mountain” and American composer Kirby Shaw’s energetic “Jamaican Noel.”  Also, audience members can raise their voices in song along with the chorus as Maestro Galván leads all in a festive Christmas carol sing-along.

Soloists for the performance are Malaika Alvaro and Beverly McDew, soprano; Alexandra Fetner, mezzo soprano; Dale Smith and Anthony Cinelli, tenor and Dalton Taylor, bass.

Tickets are available in advance and at the door from BCS: General admission is $20 / two for $35, seniors and students with valid ID, $15 and children through high school, $5.  Tickets may also be charged through Brown Paper Tickets by phone at 800.838.3006, or online at .

Music Director Robert René Galván.
Music Director Robert René Galván.

The Bronx Concert Singers is a nonprofit volunteer concert choir founded in the Parkchester section of the ‎Bronx by people from all walks of life who love singing great choral music. The chorus presents classical music concerts with either professional orchestra or chamber ensemble and has been a source of cultural enrichment in the community since 1981. BCS is the chorus-in-residence at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church. 917.743.4641, visit or email

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