The Kirkpatrick Choir is the premier mixed-vocal ensemble at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, consisting primarily of music department students of the Mason Gross School of the Arts. Noted for the breadth of its repertory, the choir performs major choral works from the late Renaissance to the present, including music by American composers Lukas Foss, Janice Giteck, and John Corigliano. In 1995 it presented a program of Bach cantatas with the Brooklyn Philharmonic, under Foss’s baton, as well as the East Coast premiere of selections from Lou Harrison’s La Koro Sutro at Manhattan’s Ninety-second Street Y. Conductor Patrick Gardner is director of choral activities at Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts, where he conducts the Kirkpatrick Choir and Glee Club. He is also active as a concert and opera conductor in New York City, where, since 1990, he has directed the Riverside Choral Society, which, in addition to presenting its major concerts at Lincoln Center and other New York venues, has been regularly engaged to perform major choral works for the Mostly Mozart Festival. An active new-music advocate, Gardner has won the praise of such notable composers as Lukas Foss, John Harbison, Lou Harrison, William Bolcom, Leslie Bassett, and William Albright for his performances of their works. He conducted the New York premiere of Bolcom’s The Miracle at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall in 2001.
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