Greetings! 

Masterpieces by Bach, Bernstein, and Handel, and a world premiere - and two of the best places in New York. This holiday season, join Kent at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine for "A Cathedral Christmas" program including Bach's Magnificat; at Carnegie Hall for his annual performances of Handel's Messiah with the Oratorio Society of New York  (which performs Mozart's arrangement of the work), and Musica Sacra; and at St. John the Divine for the annual "New Year's Eve Concert for Peace," which this year features special guests Judy Collins and Harry Smith, Bernstein's beloved Chichester Psalms, and the world premiere of a new work by Robert and Victoria Sirota, Prelude and Spiritual for Mother Emanuel for chorus, soprano soloist, string orchestra, and piano, written in memory of the victims of the June 17 shootings at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. See more info and links below.


And if you are looking for another way to give the gift of music, Kent's latest CD, Four Quarters of Jerusalem, is now available - both disc and download - from the Pro Organo label. The Cathedral Choir of St. John the Divine, and Rose of the Compass, under direction of Nina Stern, collaborate in this rich program celebrating the diverse musical and religious cultures in the city of Jerusalem. And Kent's recent CD Eternal Reflections, choral music of Robert Paterson with Musica Sacra, has received Grammy nominations in several categories - it's available both on Amazon and iTunes.
 
Learn more about Four Quarters of Jerusalem
 

 
All are welcome to the Christmas and New Year's services at St. John the Divine. Those attending the Christmas Eve Festal Eucharist service at 10:30 PM will have the special treat of hearing Metropolitan Opera star Susanna Phillips singing "Cantique de NoŽl" and joining in the Agnus Dei from Mozart's Coronation Mass.

 
And for a little taste of the New York holiday season, watch the Oratorio Society of New York and the Cathedral Choristers of St. John the Divine, all led by Kent, sing at the November 23 unveiling of the Saks Fifth Avenue window display and light show, "The Winter Palace"!

 
A very happy and peaceful holiday season to all!

 
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Saturday, December 12, 2015, 7 PM
Great Music in a Great Space
 at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine
CATHEDRAL CHOIR AND ORCHESTRA OF ST. JOHN THE DIVINE

Kent Tritle, conductor
Jamet Pittman, and Michele Kennedy, sopranos

Katie Geissinger and Kirsten Sollek, mezzo-sopranos
Marc Day, tenor

Hans Tashjian, bass
Cathedral Choristers,

Malcolm Merriweather, director

"A Cathedral Christmas"

J.S. BACH Magnificat

Carols by Benjamin Britten, John Rutter, and Gregg Smith
 

 
Monday, December 21, 2015, 8 PM
Carnegie Hall
ORATORIO SOCIETY OF NEW YORK
Kent Tritle, conductor
Leslie Fagan, soprano
Sara Murphy, mezzo-soprano
Nicholas Phan, tenor
Matt Boehler, bass

HANDEL Messiah (arrangement by Mozart)



Tuesday, December 22, 2015, 7:30 PM
Carnegie Hall
 MUSICA SACRA

Kent Tritle, conductor
Kathryn Lewek, soprano
Christopher Ainslie, countertenor
Mingjie Lei, tenor
Matt Boehler, bass

HANDEL Messiah 
 

    
Thursday, December 31, 2015, 7:30 PM
Great Music in a Great Space
at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine
CATHEDRAL CHOIR AND ORCHESTRA OF ST. JOHN THE DIVINE

Kent Tritle, conductor
Judy Collins, special guest
Harry Smith, special guest
Jamet Pittman, soprano

"New Year's Eve Concert for Peace"

ROBERT & VICTORIA SIROTA  Prelude and Spiritual for Mother Emanuel (World premiere)
BERNSTEIN  Chichester Psalms
  
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.

 

For more information, visit www.kenttritle.com.