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Since its founding by Leopold Damrosch, the Oratorio Society of New York has been an essential part of New York City’s cultural fabric, and is one of the city’s oldest cultural organizations. The Oratorio Society presented its first concert on December 3 1873. One year later, on Christmas night, the Society began what has become an unbroken tradition of annual performances of Handel’s Messiah, given at Carnegie Hall since its opening in 1891.

The Oratorio Society has given world, US, and New York premieres of works as diverse as Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem (1877), Berlioz’s Roméo et Juliette (1882), a full-concert production of Wagner’s Parsifal at the Metropolitan Opera House (1886), Britten’s The World of the Spirit (1998), Filas’s Requiem (2015), Moravec’s The Blizzard Voices (2013) and Sanctuary Road (2018), and Ranjbaran’s We Are One (2018).

On its 100th anniversary the Oratorio Society received the Handel Medallion, New York City’s highest cultural award, in recognition of these contributions.

For more information, visit www.oratoriosocietyofny.org.

Oratorio Society of New York Orchestra
Photo: Tim Dwight

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