There is still plenty of choral grandeur in store this spring before the season ends!  After two triumphant performances of Mahler's massive Symphony No. 8 at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in February, Kent returns to the work on Thursday, April 7, with the world premiere of a new transcription of the symphony for organ, vocal soloists, and choruses by the noted virtuoso David Briggs, who will himself play the Cathedral's magnificent Great Organ. Reprising their performances in the work will be eight soloists and choral forces from the Manhattan School of Music, Oratorio Society of New York, and St. John the Divine, numbering 350 singers (see listing below).

For the Monday, May 9 finale of the 143rd season of the Oratorio Society of New York, Kent leads Haydn's towering Lord Nelson Mass paired with the New York premiere of Marjorie Merryman's Jonah, a 1995 oratorio based on the biblical story that the Washington Post called "an artistic treasure." The soloists are Rachel Rosales, soprano; Rachel Calloway, mezzo-soprano; John Matthew Myers, tenor; and Philip Cutlip, baritone. 

Kent is also preparing his ensembles for spring collaborations with New York's cultural headliners:
  • On Thursday, May 5, Carnegie Hall's 125th Anniversary Gala features a raft of superstars including Ren�e Fleming, Marilyn Horne, Jessye Norman, Yo-Yo Ma, Lang Lang, Itzhak Perlman - and the Oratorio Society of New York, an institution that played a vital role in Carnegie Hall's inception. The program, with the Orchestra of St. Luke's led by Pablo Heras-Casado, is still under wraps, but it will be memorable!
  • David Robertson conducts the New York Philharmonic in four performances of Holst's The Planets featuring the Women of the Oratorio Society of New York, May 26-28.
  • Musica Sacra is featured in the New York City Ballet's annual performances of the Balanchine classic A Midsummer Night's Dream, singing the choral interludes in the Mendelssohn score, May 24-29.
And looking ahead - registration is now open for Kent's choral workshop in this summer's Amherst Early Music Festival, July 10-17, which is highlighted by the choral masterpiece Musikalische Exequien by Heinrich Sch�tz.

See all links below. And stay tuned for the announcement of Kent's 2016-17 season, coming later this spring!

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Thursday, April 7, 2016, 7:30 PM
Great Music in a Great Space at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine
Kent Tritle, conductor
Rachel Rosales, soprano
Bryn Holdsworth, soprano
Jana McIntyre, soprano 
Sara Murphy, mezzo-soprano
Noragh Devlin, mezzo-soprano
John Tiranno, tenor
Timothy Murray, baritone
Adam Lau, bass
Cathedral Choristers of St. John the Divine

MAHLER  Symphony No. 8, "Symphony of a Thousand"
Arrangement by David Briggs for chorus, soloists, and organ - World premiere

Thursday, May 5, 2016, 7 PM

Carnegie Hall
Carnegie Hall 125th Anniversary Gala
Martina Arroyo
Emanuel Ax
Michael Feinstein
Ren�e Fleming
Marilyn Horne
Lang Lang
Isabel Leonard
Yo-Yo Ma
Jessye Norman
Itzhak Perlman
James Taylor
Orchestra of St. Luke's
Pablo Heras-Casado, Conductor
Oratorio Society of New York, Kent Tritle, Music Director

Monday, May 9, 2016, 8 PM
Carnegie Hall
Kent Tritle, conductor
Rachel Rosales,  soprano
Rachel Calloway, mezzo-soprano
John Matthew Myers, tenor
Philip Cutlip, baritone

MERRYMAN  Jonah (New York Premiere)
HAYDN  Nelson Mass - Missa in Angustiis

May 26-28, 2016
David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center
David Robertson, conductor
Women of the Oratorio Society of New York, Kent Tritle, Music Director

Programs including:
HOLST  The Planets

May 24-29, 2016

David H. Koch Theater, Lincoln Center

A Midsummer Night's Dream

featuring Musica Sacra, Kent Tritle, Music Director


July 10-17, 2016

Connecticut College, New London, CT
Kent Tritle, director

The 2016 Choral Workshop at the Amherst Music Festival is designed to give the serious amateur choral singer an opportunity to learn and perform masterworks of the Renaissance and Baroque, within the context of the largest early music festival in the United States. For 2016 the Choral Workshop will focus on 17th century German works including the choral masterpiece the Musikalische Exequien by Heinrich Sch�tz.

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 and Chair of the Organ Department 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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