Our Director: Dr. Patrick Gardner
Patrick Gardner's performances have been acclaimed by New York audiences, critics, and an international roster of composers whose orchestral and choral works he has conducted. Active in premièring new music, he has won the praise of such notable composers as William Bolcom, John Harbison, Lou Harrison, and Lukas Foss.
Now in his 17th season as the Director of Choral Activities at Rutgers University, where he conducts the Rutgers University Kirkpatrick Choir and the Rutgers University Glee Club, Dr. Gardner is also the director of the renowned Riverside Choral Society (RCS) in New York City. In 2005, he prepared RCS for presentations of Mahler's Second Symphony with Gergiev and the Kirov Orchestra at Carnegie Hall and the NJPAC. The New York Times noted RCS's "sublime reading of the choral finale." Dr. Gardner's critically acclaimed preparation of the choral work in Handel's L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, performed at Lincoln Center in the summer of 2005, led to his engagement to prepare Virgil Thomson's Four Saints in Three Acts and Henry Purcell's Dido and Aeneas as part of the Mark Morris Dance Group's 25th anniversary season at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. In the spring of 2006, RCS and the Rutgers University Kirkpatrick Choir appeared at Lincoln Center with the Kirov Orchestra and the Rotterdam Philharmonic in performances of Shostakovich's Second and Third Symphonies under the baton of Valery Gergiev. During fall of that year, Dr. Gardner prepared the men of his combined choirs for performances at Lincoln Center, with Gergiev and the Kirov, of Shostakovich's 13th Symphony, Babi Yar. Also, Dr. Gardner and the men's choirs, accompanied by Mischa and Cipa Dichter, presented the world première of the piano reduction of the first movement of Babi Yar at the Museum of Jewish Heritage. In the summer of 2006, Dr. Gardner presented concerts in Taichung, Taiwan, and in 2007 he presented master-classes for professional conductors in the Netherlands for the Nederlandse Organisatie voor Koordirigenten.
Dr. Gardner has prepared the Riverside Choral Society for the Mostly Mozart Festival in performances of Mozart's Requiem and C minor Mass, Haydn's Creation, and numerous other major works in the past decade, when RCS appeared with both the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra and London's Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. In the past several years, Dr.
Gardner has conducted RCS in its own Lincoln Center performances of Beethoven's Missa Solemnis, Stravinsky's Symphony of Psalms, Mozart's C minor Mass, and Lou Harrison's La Koro Sutro.
Dr. Gardner prepared the Rutgers University Glee Club for a performance of Schoenberg's Gurrelieder with the Philadelphia Singers and The Philadelphia Orchestra, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle. He was the chorusmaster for the internationally acclaimed Robert Altman production of Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress at the Opéra de Lille in France and has recorded for Naxos, Albany, Ethereal, and Folkways records.
*Photo: Oscar Insua