NEW YORK, N.Y. – Distinguished Concerts International New York City announced that director Dr. Ardis Faber and the Lakeland Community Choir have been invited to participate in a performance of Handel’s “Messiah” on the DCINY Concert Series in New York City.

This performance in Isaac Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall on Nov. 26 is of the Thomas Beecham/Eugene Goossens’ 1959 Re-Orchestration for Full Symphony Orchestra. These musicians will join with other choristers to form the Distinguished Concerts Singers International, a choir of distinction, according to a news release from DCINY. Conductor Dr. Jonathan Griffith will lead the performance and will serve as the clinician for the residency.

Griffith, artistic director and principal conductor for DCINY, said, “Lakeland Community Choir received this invitation because of the quality and high level of musicianship demonstrated by the singers. It is quite an honor just to be invited to perform in New York. These wonderful musicians not only represent a high quality of music and education, but they also become ambassadors for the entire community. This is an event of extreme pride for everybody and deserving of the community’s recognition and support.”

The singers will spend five days and four nights in New York City in preparation for their concert.

“The singers will spend approximately nine to 10 hours in rehearsals over the five-day residency,” said Griffith. “Not all of the time is spent in rehearsals, since there is so much history and culture to see in New York City. However, the performance is the primary purpose for their visit to the city.”

Members of the community are encouraged to give financial support in sending these singers to New York by contacting Faber at 574-453-6463 or via email at

Griffith, conductor, co-founder and artistic director of DCINY, is an active conductor, educator, lecturer and consultant. His conducting credits include the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Salt Lake City; Manhattan Philharmonic and New England Symphonic Ensemble, both in performances at Carnegie Hall; Nova Amadeus Orchestra, Italy; the European Symphony Orchestra, Spain; Bohuslava Martinu Philharmonia and Philharmonia Chorus; Virtuosi Pregensis Chamber Orchestra, Karlovy Vary Symphony Orchestra, and Dvorák Chamber Orchestra, Czech Republic; Bialystok State Philharmonic, Poland; and several regional orchestras and choruses in the U.S.

As the conductor of the world premiere of Earnestine Rodgers Robinson’s “The Nativity” in Carnegie Hall, he was featured in an interview which aired on National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition,” and also appeared in two recent documentaries about Ms. Robinson and her music—“Hidden Treasure” and “Sounds of a Miracle”.

During this past summer, he conducted his ensemble, the Jonathan Griffith Singers, in performances of Verdi’s Requiem at two historic venues in Italy – the Church of Santa Marie Sopra Minerva in Rome and the Cathedral Duomo in Pisa. He made his Carnegie Hall conducting debut in 1989.

His 45-plus Carnegie Hall appearances include the U.S. premieres of BBC’s “Planet Earth” documentaries, and the Master Musicians of Joujouka and most recently was heard on television in “The Last Enemy” (Magnus Fiennes), “The Passion” (Debbie Wiseman) and “Planet Earth” (George Fenton).

Founded by Iris Derke and Jonathan Griffith, DCINY is the leading producer of dynamically charged musical excellence, the release states. With its unforgettable concert experiences in renowned venues, empowering educational programs, and its global community of artists and audiences, DCINY changes lives through the power of performance.

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