Cincinnati Boychoir receives $10,000 grant for 50th anniversary
By Janelle Gelfand
Grant earmarked for new choral piece to highlight 50th anniversary season
The Cincinnati Boychoir has received a $10,000 grant from the William O. Purdy, Jr. Fund of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation, the choir announced on Monday. The grant will make possible the commissioning and performance of a work in honor of the Boychoir’s 50th anniversary season.
The new choral piece, “A Horizon Symphony,” with texts of Walt Whitman and Stephan Crane, is being commissioned from Dominick DiOrio, a composer and assistant professor of choral conducting at the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University.
The boys will work with DiOrio throughout the process, learning first-hand about the experience of creating a new work.
The piece is aimed to be a companion work to Leonard Bernstein’s “Chichester Psalms,” which calls for large orchestra. Both will be presented in concert March 7 and 8 at Christ Church Cathedral, Downtown.
The Cincinnati Boychoir, which is led by Christopher Eanes, is one of the premiere professional boy choirs in the United States, and the newest resident company at the Aronoff Center for the Arts, Downtown. Among its anniversary events, the choir will make its first trip to Australia in July.
Cincinnati Boychoir has about 200 young members from more than 90 schools in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana.
William O. Purdy, Jr., an enthusiastic patron of the arts, established his foundation in 1988 and died a decade later. He was Senior Vice President of American Money Management Corporation, a subsidiary of American Financial Group, until he retired in 1995.
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