Happy New Year! Choral masterworks, early music, and a concert with the legendary Meredith Monk mark the early months of Kent's 2014 concert calendar.


On February 12 he leads the forces of the Manhattan School of Music in Bach's Mass in B Minor, and on February 19 his Great Music in a Great Space series at the Cathedral of St. John Divine presents an intimate concert with the Cathedral Choir and the world music ensemble Rose of the Compass in a program of music from Renaissance Spain performed in the Cathedral's Chapel of St. James. 


Kent then prepares the Oratorio Society of New York for a performance of Beethoven's Missa Solemnis with the Orchestra of St. Luke's led by Sir Roger Norrington at Carnegie Hall on March 6, and takes to the organ bench as a member of the New York Philharmonic for their five performances of Sweeney Todd from March 5-8. 


Composers Meredith Monk and Jocelyn Hagen are celebrated with a special Musica Sacra program on March 31.  Monk, the legendary voice pioneer, performs with the ensemble and guest vocalist Katie Geissinger in her works including Nightfall, which she composed for Musica Sacra in 1995. Hagen's amass, a New York premiere, uses traditional texts from the Roman Catholic mass as a framework, along with poetry from Saint John of the Cross and medieval mystic Meister Eckhart, and Eastern texts from the Hindu poet Tukaram. Called "dramatic and deeply moving"  by the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the work blends a variety of musical textures, from cello quartet and solo voice to double choir, and the soloists for this performance are singers Jennifer Zetlan, John Matthew Myers, and Mischa Bouvier, and cellist Arthur Fiacco, Jr.  Kent and the composers also present a "Cultural Conversation" on March 26.


To receive a $10 discount on tickets of $25 or more for the March 31 Musica Sacra concert, use the promo code PC2014 when ordering on the Musica Sacra website - click here.


Don't forget to tune in to, or stream, "The Choral Mix with Kent Tritle" on WQXR through March (then the show will then go on hiatus until October)!

Wednesday, February 12, 7:30 PM

Borden Auditorium, Manhattan School of Music
Kent Tritle, conductor

BACH  Mass in B Minor

Wednesday, February 19, 7 and 9 PM
Great Music in a Great Space at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Chapel of St. James
Kent Tritle, conductor
with Rose of the Compass
Nina Stern, recorder and chalumeau; Glen Velez, percussion; Ara Dinkjian, oud; Tamer Pinarbasi, kanun; Shira Kamen, vielle and violin; Arthur Fiacco, Jr., cello

"The Ornament of the World"
Music from Renaissance Spain and the Ladino tradition, including Muezzin chant, Sephardic folk songs, and music by Tomás Luis de Victoria, Diego Ortiz, and Antonio de Cabezón

Thursday, March 6, 8 PM
Carnegie Hall
Sir Roger Norrington, conductor
Susan Gritton, soprano; Julie Boulianne, mezzo-soprano; Michael Schade, tenor; Nathan Berg, bass-baritone
Oratorio Society of New York, Kent Tritle, director

BEETHOVEN    Missa Solemnis


Wednesday-Saturday, March 5-8
Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center
Alan Gilbert, conductor

SONDHEIM   Sweeney Todd:  The Demon Barber of Fleet Street


Wednesday, March 26, 6:30 PM
The Bruno Walter Auditorium
111 Amsterdam Ave. at 65th St. 

A Conversation with Kent Tritle and Composers Meredith Monk & Jocelyn Hagen
Moderator:  Nancy Shear


Monday, March 31, 7:30 PM
Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center
Kent Tritle, conductor
Meredith Monk, vocalist; Katie Geissinger, vocalist; Jennifer Zetlan, soprano; John Matthew Myers, tenor; Mischa Bouvier, baritone
Arthur Fiacco, Jr., cello

ATLAS, Part III: Invisible Light (excerpts)
   "Other Worlds Revealed"
   "Explorers' Junctures"
   "Return to the Earth"
MEREDITH MONK    Nightfall
JOCELYN HAGEN    amass (New York premiere)

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About Kent Tritle
Kent Tritle is one of America's leading choral conductors. Called "the brightest star in New York's choral music world" by The New York Times, he is Director of Cathedral Music and Organist at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City; Music Director of the Oratorio Society of New York, the acclaimed 200-voice volunteer chorus; and Music Director of Musica Sacra, the longest continuously performing professional chorus in New York City. In addition, Kent is Director of Choral Activities at the Manhattan School of Music and is a member of the graduate faculty of The Juilliard School. He is the host of the weekly radio show "The Choral Mix with Kent Tritle," a weekly hour-long radio program on New York's Classical 105.9 WQXR and www.wqxr.org. An acclaimed organ virtuoso, he is also the organist of the New York Philharmonic.


For more information, visit www.kenttritle.com.