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BMCC Choral Group Honors 9/11 Recovery Workers

June 4, 2012

More than 5,000 people attended a tribute to the September 11 recovery workers sponsored by the NYC Mayor’s Office on May 30, and held at the 9/11 Memorial at the World Trade Center site.

The BMCC Downtown Chorus, joined by the BMCC Select Chorus, performed at the event, presenting a program including “Because We Believe,” by Andrea Bocelli, and other selections. The Chorus was directed by BMCC Professor of Music Eugenia Oi Yan Yau and accompanied by Associate Professor and Chair of the Music and Art department, pianist Howard Meltzer.

The BMCC Downtown Chorus is comprised of BMCC students, faculty and staff, as well as residents of Lower Manhattan, and has performed on the BMCC campus as well as at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and other prestigious venues.

The highly praised BMCC Select Chorus is comprised of outstanding music students, and has won first prize in the Classical division of the CUNY Choral Festival, as well as having performed at events such as the 2010 U.S. Open, with Gloria Estafan.

Professor Eugenia Oi Yan Yau presents lectures and recitals internationally, and has received numerous professional recognitions including the Licentiate Diploma of Singing from Royal Schools of Music at London.

Professor Howard Meltzer has performed throughout the United States and Canada on both piano and horn, has worked in musical theater and opera as a music director, and has authored the textbook, Ways of Listening, published by Kendall/Hunt.

For a Fox News report on the tribute event, click HERE.

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