Essential Voices USA: Immigrant Dreams
Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor
By Irving Berlin, arr. David Chase
with Randy Graf, narrator
America the Beautiful/Wheels of A Dream
By Lynn Ahrens & Stephen Flaherty, arr. Larry Hochman
with Brian Stokes Mitchell
Available at Broadway Records, iTunes, and sites online!
“The members of EVUSA do exquisite work. . . “
– The Huffington Post’’
ABOUT ESSENTIAL VOICES USA
Judith Clurman’s Essential Voices USA (EVUSA), one of New York’s preeminent choral ensembles, brings together a roster of seasoned professionals and auditioned volunteers. With this unique choral model, created by Clurman, the size of the ensemble is constantly changing, dictated by the specific musical needs of each project.
EVUSA’s mission is threefold:
- Engage diverse audiences through dynamic programming and recordings, and by presenting new works that showcase composers and the art of composition;
- Entertain through innovative and soul-stirring performances;
- Enrich the lives of our singers, the New York community, and our audience-at-large by sharing our dedication to excellence and our deep love of music.
Regularly on stage with the New York Pops in its Carnegie Hall subscription series, televised on NBC’s July 4th Macy’s 2014 Spectacular Fireworks and the Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting, the ensemble comprises a talented roster of seasoned professionals and auditioned volunteers, dynamically fitted to the unique needs of each project.
During the 2017-2018 season, EVUSA launched recordings by Judith Clurman, Shawn Crouch, Jeremiah Klarman, and Stephen Schwartz’s “Testimony” for Broadway Records. They were heard at Carnegie Hall, the National Cathedral in Washington D.C., and Brooklyn Heights Synagogue.
EVUSA participated in the 2013 Presidential Inaugural activities; and held a month-long residency at National Public Radio. The ensemble has performed with a diverse and impressive array of artists including the young opera sensation Jamie Barton, Broadway star Idina Menzel, musical theater luminaries Marvin Hamlisch; Sheldon Harnick; Larry Hochman; Stephen Schwartz; Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg; and Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty. EVUSA has premiered works by composers Milton Babbitt, Jennifer Higdon, Nico Muhly, and Howard Shore. The group currently produces The Composer Speaks at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music, a series of musical performances complemented by panel discussions with composers and lyricists. EVUSA Youth Workshop provides select high school students the opportunity to participate with the main ensemble in the heart of New York City’s music scene. They have recorded works of Marvin Hamlisch and Howard Shore. The ensemble’s recordings include Celebrating the American Spirit, Cherished Moments: Songs of the Jewish Spirit, Holiday Harmonies: Songs of Christmas, and Season of Light: Songs of Thanksgiving, Christmas, Chanukah, New Year.
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“Judith Clurman’s febrile brainchild Essential Voices USA is exactly that—they provide a gorgeous canvas on which contemporary classical composers paint scenes depicting our lives today, much as the Dutch Masters did a few hundred years ago…”
– Q on Stage
“With gorgeous harmonies and soaring vocal chorale sounds, Essential Voices USA, conducted by Judith Clurman, is a mixed group of skilled singers who bring thoughtful and rich performances. . . there are glorious sounds here. . . .”
– Sound Advice
“As a freelance professional singer in New York City, I look forward to opportunities to work with Judy Clurman and her Essential Voices USA. Judy has quite a knack for blending amateurs, professionals, and superstars together to produce top-notch concerts, workshops, and recordings.”
– EVUSA Member
“When I was 18, I was at this point in life where I needed to decide whether music would be my professional or my personal life. I choose the latter. In Judith Clurman’s Essential Voices USA I found a chorus that satisfies my ambitions, challenges my abilities and that nurtures my passion.”
– EVUSA Member
Above: 2014 Macy’s Fireworks: 12:13-14:40 Essential Voices USA with the Diva Jazz Band, conducted by Judith Clurman in America, the Beautiful, arr. Ryan Nowlin