The Spring Concert

Concert Information

Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage
May 29, 2016
2 PM

Ticket Info

Tickets will go on sale March 7, 2016 at or call (212) 247-7800

The Spring Concert

Mahler's emotional and dramatic vision of the meaning of life, the "Resurrection" symphony will close the season with choral ensemble, MasterVoices and vocalists Sarah Shafer and Jazimina MacNeil. 

Joshua Gersen, music director

Brendan Faegre*: Collective (world premiere)
Mahler:  Symphony No. 2, "Resurrection"

Vocal ensemble:

Vocal soloists:
Sarah Shafer, soprano
Jazimina MacNeil, mezzo-soprano

* Mr. Faegre's residency with the NYYS is sponsored by the Performing Arts Fund NL.


MasterVoices is a New York City-based performing arts organization that celebrates singing and the art of musical storytelling. Founded as The Collegiate Chorale almost 75 years ago by legendary conductor Robert Shaw, the organization is one of the jewels of NYC cultural institutions, and has achieved international acclaim as well. Recent performances at Carnegie Hall and at Lincoln Center have included Ricky Ian Gordon’s The Grapes of Wrath, Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado, Boito’s Mefistofele, Eric Idle’s Not the Messiah (He’s a Very Naughty Boy), and many of the great choral works, including Brahms’ Requiem, Tippett’s A Child of Our Time, Mahler’s 8th Symphony, Glass’ Koyaanisqatsi, and the Verdi Requiem. 

Sarah Shafer
Praised for her "luminous voice" and "intensely expressive interpretations," (The New York Times), and named “remarkable, artistically mature,” and “a singer to watch” by Opera News, soprano Sarah Shafer is quickly emerging as a sought-after operatic and concert artist. Sarah made her professional operatic debut in 2012 in the role of Barbarina and the cover role of Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro at the Glyndebourne Festival. Other recent roles include Adina in L'Elisir d'Amore with Opera Memphis, Mary Lennox in the world premiere of San Francisco Opera's The Secret Garden, and Papagena in Opera Philadelphia's Die Zauberflöte. Last season she sang the role of Nuria in Opera Philadelphia’s Ainadamar. Roles for her 2014-15 season include Rosetta in Marco Tutino’s world premiere of Two Women with San Francisco Opera.

On the concert stage, Sarah recently made her debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra singing works of Floyd, Bernstein, and Gershwin. She has performed as a soloist at Carnegie Hall, and at the BBC Proms in London’s Royal Albert Hall. An avid recitalist and chamber musician, Sarah recently appeared in recitals with legendary pianist Richard Goode, performing at venues including Town Hall in New York City. She will perform with Mr. Goode on a concert of chamber music at Carnegie Hall next spring.

A native of State College, PA, Sarah holds degrees in voice and opera from the Curtis Institute of Music, and is currently based in Philadelphia.

Jazimina MacNeil
Hailed as "fulminant" by the Berliner Morgenpost and "clearly a singer to watch" by the New York Times, Jazimina MacNeil's recent and upcoming performances include the roles of Anna in Kurt Weill's The Seven Deadly Sins at Tanglewood, Subdominant in Steven Stucky's new opera The Classical Style with the Aspen Music Festival, Kate in Britten's Owen Wingrave, Rinaldo in Handel's Rinaldo, Siebel in Faust, Carolina in Hans Werner Henze’s Elegy for Young Lovers, Idamente in Idomeneo, and Carmen in Peter Brook’s adaptation Le Tragedie de Carmen.

Other recent performances include concerts with the Apple Hill quartet, a solo recital with the Sideman Projekt in Berlin, a Verdi Requiem with the Brattleboro Concert Choir, a Mozart Requiem with the Albany Symphony, a solo recital at the Curt Sachs Saal in the Berlin Philharmonic, concerts at the Ravinia Festival with the Chicago Symphony and the Steans Institute, concerts with the Marlboro Music Festival, Chicago Chamber Musicians, String Theory, and the Winners Recital of the Liederkranz Competition in Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall. Jazimina received her Bachelors from the Manhattan School of Music and Masters from the Curtis Institute of Music.