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Essential Voices: Bio

Judith Clurman's Essential Voices USA (EVUSA) promotes the love of music and the art of ensemble singing. Hailed by The Sondheim Review as a "world-class chorus," the group has a flexible roster of professional singers, auditioned volunteers, and high school students who perform a wide range of musical genres and styles. The group's size varies according to the musical needs of each project. EVUSA is currently in residence with the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall and also produces its own classical concerts, workshops, and recordings. As part of its mission, EVUSA is committed to improving children's lives through music, and has involved over one hundred high school students in concerts at Carnegie Hall and Symphony Space.

1 Angels We Have Heard on High
2 O Holy Night
3 Silent Night
4 Love Came Down
5 The Virgin's Slumber Song
6 Whispered and Revealed
7 Merry Christmas Wishing Well
8 We Wish You a Merry Christmas
Essential Voices - Various

"EVUSA [does] exquisite work….brilliant phrasing and nuance."  - The Huffington Post
"Judith Clurman - the exceptional conductor"  - Time Out, New York

Judith Clurman conducts her acclaimed chorus, Essential Voices USA, in Holiday Harmonies: Sounds of Christmas, the ensemble's third recording for Sono Luminus.  This holiday disc includes premiere recordings of new vibrant arrangements of seasonal favorites and new works that were written for the disc by some of America's finest composers. Mezzo Soprano Jamie Barton, Soprano Maureen McKay, Pianist Tedd Firth, and Harpist Stacey Shames are featured performers. Traditional repertoire includes: "Angels We Have Heard on High" (arr. David Chase), "O Holy Night" (arr. Ryan Nowlin), "Silent Night" (arr. Tedd Firth and Judith Clurman), "The Virgin's Slumber Song" (Max Reger), and "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" (adaptation Judith Clurman). New works include: "Whispered and Revealed" (Nico Muhly), "Love Came Down" (Jennifer Higdon) and "Merry Christmas Wishing Well" (Gene Gilroy, arr. Michael Gilbertson).

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