New York City Bar Chorus Celebrates 25 Years

Chorus Meeting Hall
City Bar Chorus Committee Chair Heather A. Hatcher addresses the assembled throng. Photo: David Handschuh/NYLJ.

The New York City Bar Chorus celebrated 25 years of serving the community with a concert on November 9 in the City Bar’s Great Hall. The nearly-100-member chorus, directed by Kathryn E. Schneider and accompanied by Matthew V. Grieco, showcased their extraordinary musical talents to a packed house of more than 400 enraptured audience members.

During the concert, the Chorus, consisting solely of members of the legal community, sang selections from such musical productions as Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen, The Greatest Showman, and West Side Story; Toto’s “Africa”; “Selma 1965: Let My People Go”; Beatles and Coldplay tunes; and many more.

Kathy Schneider
City Bar Chorus Musical Director Kathryn E. Schneider. Dan Howell Photography.

In a letter addressed to the Chorus, Mayor Bill de Blasio said, “These dedicated legal professionals have…added to our cultural landscape through the New York City Bar Chorus, and since 1993, it has offered its members wonderful opportunities to showcase their talents and harness the power of music to help inspire, unite, and uplift our residents. By performing outreach concerts spanning a wide variety of genres and musical styles at retirement homes, rehabilitation centers, and other community facilities across the five boroughs, CBC has united people in shared appreciation of music and played a vital role in sustaining the creative energy for which New York is known. I am proud to join in applauding CBC’s milestone 25th anniversary and all of its choristers who have enriched our city’s vitality while paving the way to a stronger and more just future.”

Proceeds from the concert benefited the Chorus and the City Bar Fund, the nonprofit 501(c)(3) arm of the City Bar, which engages and supports the legal profession in advancing social justice.

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See more photos from the night in the New York Law Journal (p. 4) and be sure to watch the video by David Handschuh/NYLJ.

Roger Juan Maldonado
City Bar President Roger Juan Maldonado Photo: David Handschuh/NYLJ.