Celebrating the culmination of their tenth season together and, as it happens, emergence from a frigid and stormy winter, Kent and the Oratorio Society of New York will present two life-affirming works for their spring concert: the ardent, hopeful Chichester Psalms of Leonard Bernstein, which will be conducted by the OSNY's associate conductor, David Rosenmeyer, and Carl Orff's spirited, bawdy Carmina Burana - in Kent's first performance of the full orchestral version of the work. Soloists Jennifer Zetlan, soprano; Peter Tantsits, tenor; Takaoki Onishi, baritone, and the Choristers of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine join Kent and the OSNY on May 5 at Carnegie Hall.
On May 14, Kent's Great Music in a Great Space season at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine culminates in the fourth collaboration of the Cathedral Choir and Rose of the Compass, the world music ensemble led by Nina Stern: "The Wingèd Lion: Venice and the Orient," a program focusing on the extraordinarily fertile artistic crossroads that was Venice from the early Middle Ages through the 18th century and up to the time of Stravinsky, featuring works by Gabrieli and Monteverdi as well as traditional music from Armenia, Turkey, and the eastern Mediterranean. This concert will take place in the Cathedral's beautiful and wonderfully intimate Chapel of St. James.
Eternal Reflections, the new recording by Kent and Musica Sacra of choral music of Robert Paterson - including "Lux Aeterna," that the New York Times called "gorgeous" in its review of Sacra's most recent concert - is now available both on Amazon and iTunes, where you can also add your comments!
"Ye spotted snakes!" Musica Sacra will be joining in this year at the New York City Ballet's annual performances of the Balanchine classic A Midsummer Night's Dream, June 4-7, providing the choral interludes in the Mendelssohn score.
And if a spring sing is what you need to celebrate the approaching solstice, mark your calendars for the New York Choral Consortium's annual "Big Sing!" on June 8, a free concert and sing-in of Vivaldi's Gloria and Mozart's Requiem - hosted by Kent.
Summer is just around the corner, so if you are interested in participating in Kent's summer institutes, do register now: there is a waiting list for sopranos and altos (a few tenor and bass slots are still available) for a week-long workshop focusing on works by Palestrina, Victoria, and Monteverdi at the Amherst Early Music Festival, July 5-12. And it's still possible to sign up for the Advanced Choral Conducting Institute, that Kent is leading with William Weinert, at Summer@Eastman, focusing on the Mozart Requiem, July 20-24 - deadline of June 1.
And stay tuned for the announcement of Kent's 2015-16 season, which will include new works in premiere performances, Juraj Filas's Requiem "Oratio Spei," the Mozart arrangement of Messiah, the first recording of the Cathedral Choir of St. John the Divine and Rose of the Compass, Musica Sacra performing Tallis's Spem in alium...and lots more!
Tuesday, May 5, 2015, at 8 PM
ORATORIO SOCIETY OF NEW YORK
Kent Tritle, conductor*
David Rosenmeyer, conductor**
Jennifer Zetlan, soprano
Peter Tantsits, tenor
Takaoki Onishi, baritone
Choristers of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine
BERNSTEIN Chichester Psalms**
ORFF Carmina Burana*
Thursday, May 14, 2015, at 7:30 PM
Great Music in a Great Space at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine - Chapel of St. James
CATHEDRAL CHOIR OF ST. JOHN THE DIVINE
ROSE OF THE COMPASS
Nina Stern, director
Kent Tritle, conductor
"The Wingèd Lion: Venice and the Orient"
Music by Gabrieli and Monteverdi, and traditional music from Armenia, Turkey, and the eastern Mediterranean
Monday, June 8, 2015, at 7:30 PM
St. Paul the Apostle Church
NEW YORK CHORAL CONSORTIUM "BIG SING!"
Kent Tritle, host
Lianne Coble, soprano
Kirsten Sollek, mezzo-soprano
Marc Day, tenor
Scott Dispensa, baritone
July 5-12, 2015
AMHERST EARLY MUSIC FESTIVAL CHORAL WORKSHOP
The 2015 Choral Workshop at the Amherst Music Festival, led by Kent Tritle, is designed to give the serious amateur choral singer an opportunity to learn and perform masterworks of the Renaissance and Baroque, with a focus on works by Palestrina, Victoria, and Monteverdi.
July 20-24, 2015
Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY
Summer@Eastman ADVANCED CHORAL CONDUCTING INSTITUTE
Kent Tritle and William Weinert lead in-depth analysis and rehearsal of Mozart's Requiem, Coronation Mass, and shorter sacred works of Mozart, and recent research on issues of choral and instrumental performance practice in the Classical era.