February and March are always among the busiest months of the concert season, especially Kent's - but this year's schedule is particularly rich, with music from the medieval to the brand new: a performance by the Cathedral Choir of St. John the Divine of Machaut's Messe de Nostre Dame in the Cathedral's beautiful St. James Chapel (February 24), and a program of world premieres of new works by Juraj Filas, Michael Gilbertson, and Robert Paterson performed by Musica Sacra also at the Cathedral (March 4).  On March 22, Kent is one of the returning maestros to lead The Dessoff Choirs, of which he was Music Director from 1996 to 2004, at Dessoff's 90th anniversary concert.


And on March 26, Kent leads his most ambitious program yet at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine: in an event emblematic of his multiple roles in the city's choral life, he will conduct a performance of Verdi's Requiem with choral forces numbering close to 300 - the Oratorio Society of New York, of which he is Music Director, and the Symphony and Symphonic Chorus of the Manhattan School of Musicwhere he is Director of Choral Activities - in the grand space of the Cathedral, where he is Director of Cathedral Music and Organist, with a new choral configuration that features the singers on risers in the cathedral's Great Choir space.


In the midst of these performances, Kent will be heading to Lincoln Center for appearances as a featured guest organ soloist for Paul Taylor's American Modern Dance in its inaugural season at the David H. Koch Theater. As part of this season, the Limón Dance Company is reviving Doris Humphrey's dance work Passacaglia, which is set to Bach's Passacaglia and Fugue in C Minor, BWV 582 (March 14, 22, 25, and 27).


Looking ahead to summer - Kent leads two choral institutes: a week-long workshop focusing on works by Palestrina, Victoria, and Monteverdi at the Amherst Early Music Festival, July 5-12, and the Advanced Choral Conducting Institute, with William Weinert, focusing on the Mozart Requiem, at Summer @ Eastman, July 20-24.


What's new? Check out the revitalized - and stay tuned for the announcement of Kent's 2015-16 season, coming in the spring. If you want to save some dates now, the performances of Messiah at Carnegie Hall will take place on December 21 with the Oratorio Society of New York and December 22 with Musica Sacra.


And if you happen to be in Washington, DC, on February 17, catch Kent, Malcolm Merriweather, and the Manhattan School of Music Chamber Choir at the Kennedy Center's Terrace Theater in the free Millennium Stage series! 



Tuesday, February 17, 2015, 6 PM

Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Millennium Stage  - Terrace Theater

Kent Tritle, conductor

Malcolm Merriweather, conductor*


DAVID LANG    Little Match Girl Passion

GREGG SMITH  Selected works*



Tuesday, February 24, 2015, 7:30 PM

Great Music in a Great Space at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine - Chapel of St. James

Kent Tritle, conductor

MACHAUT   Messe de Nostre Dame

Gregorian Chant Propers for the Feast of the Annunciation

Wednesday, March 4, 2015, 7:30 PM

Cathedral of St. John the Divine

Kent Tritle, conductor
Michael Sheetz, conductor*
Arthur Fiacco, Jr., cello
Raymond Nagem, organ

Walter Hilse, organ

JURAJ FILAS  Wisdom of the Wise Old Man - World premiere
MICHAEL GILBERTSON  Returning - World premiere
ROBERT PATERSON  Lux Aeterna - World premiere
JUDITH ZAIMONT  Parable, A Tale of Abram and Isaac*

Saturday, March 14, 2015, 8 PM
Sunday, March 22, 2015, 2 PM
Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 7 PM
Friday, March 27, 2015, 8 PM

David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center

Kent Tritle will be the organ soloist in the Limón Dance Company's performances of Doris Humphrey's Passacaglia, which is set to Bach's Passacaglia and Fugue in C Minor, BWV 582


Sunday, March 22, 2015, 7 PM

Peter Norton Symphony Space

James Bagwell, conductor
Amy Kaiser, conductor

Kent Tritle, conductor

90th Anniversary Concert

Program to include works by Mendelssohn and selections from Frank Martin's Mass for Double Chorus A Cappella conducted by Kent Tritle



Thursday, March 26, 2015, 7:30 PM
Great Music in a Great Space at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine
The Great Choir

Kent Tritle, conductor
Lori Guilbeau, soprano
Sara Murphy, mezzo-soprano
Alex Richardson, tenor

Mathew Anchel, bass


VERDI Requiem


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. An acclaimed organ virtuoso, he is also the organist of the New York Philharmonic.


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