Please note corrected dates for Christmas Eve and Christmas services below...
In December, Kent leads four of New York's treasured holiday concerts in two of its most beautiful and fabled spaces: the Cathedral of St. John the Divine and Carnegie Hall:
  • This year, the Cathedral Christmas Concert features the Cathedral Choristers and members of the Cathedral Choir singing Britten's exquisite setting of medieval poetry, the Ceremony of Carols, conducted by Bryan Zaros. The Cathedral Chorale and Orchestra join for Vivaldi's festive Gloria, New York composer James Bassi's Quem pastores laudavere portrays the quiet beauty of the Christmas story, and the annual sing-in of Christmas carols concludes the program.Saturday, December 9
  • It is time for Messiah! The grandeur of the 200-voice Oratorio Society of New York or the smaller-scaled, crystalline Musica Sacra; you can hear Kent lead either - or both - in Handel's masterpiece at Carnegie Hall. The Oratorio Society's performance features soloists Kathryn Lewek, Sara Murphy, Lawrence Jones, and Dashon Burton (Monday, December 18), and the Musica Sacra program has Ms. Lewek, Samantha Hankey, Joshua Blue, and Adam Lau (Thursday, December 21).
  • The New Year's Eve Concert for Peace was founded by Leonard Bernstein in 1984. In this Bernstein centennial year, the annual Cathedral event marks the occasion with selections from his Mass, as well as works for choir including Rupert Lang's "Earth Teach Me," Frank Ticheli's "Earth Song," and the U.S. premiere of Lucas Wiegerink's "See the Wretched Strangers"; and Haydn's Te Deum in C Major. Returning are special guests Judy Collins and Jason Robert Brown, and host Harry Smith. Sunday, December 31
Come to the Cathedral for Christmas Eve services, open to all (and note the special guest at 10:30 PM!):
4 PM: The traditional English Service of Lessons and Carols features the Cathedral Choristers and trebles of the professional Cathedral Choir: readings and anthems accompanied by harp and organ and larger-than-life puppetry.
10:30 PM: Cathedral Midnight Mass features the combined choirs with orchestra and soprano Susanna Phillips performing Mozart's Coronation Mass, music of Handel, and more. Prelude at 10 PM with Benjamin Britten's Ceremony of Carols.
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Saturday, December 9, 2017, 7 PM 
Great Music in a Great Space at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine , New York, NY
Kent Tritle, conductor
Bryan Zaros, conductor
Dayen Booker, treble chorister
Halley Gilbert, soprano
Michele Kennedy, soprano
Jamet Pittman, soprano
Allison Cheeseman, mezzo-soprano
Katie Geissinger, mezzo-soprano
Heather Petrie, contralto

JAMES BASSI  Quem pastores laudavere
BRITTEN  Ceremony of Carols
Monday, December 18, 2017, 8 PM 
Carnegie Hall, New York, NY
Kent Tritle, conductor
Kathryn Lewek, soprano
Sara Murphy, mezzo-soprano
Lawrence Jones, tenor
Dashon Burton, bass
HANDEL Messiah
Thursday, December 21, 2017, 7:30 PM 
Carnegie Hall, New York, NY
Kent Tritle, conductor
Kathryn Lewek, soprano
Samantha Hankey, mezzo-soprano
Joshua Blue, tenor
Adam Lau, bass
HANDEL Messiah
Sunday, December 24, 2017,   4 PM and 10:30 PM
Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York, NY
Christmas Eve Services
Monday, December 25, 2017, 10:30 AM
Cathedral of St. John the Divine 
Choral Eucharist with the Cathedral Choir
Sunday, December 31, 2017, 7 PM 
Great Music in a Great Space at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine , New York, NY
Cathedral Choir and Orchestra of St. John the Divine
Kent Tritle, conductor
Jamet Pittman, soprano
Arthur Fiacco, Jr., cello
With guests Judy Collins, Jason Robert Brown, and host Harry Smith
RUPERT LANG  "Earth Teach Me"
LUCAS WIEGERINK  "See the Wretched Strangers" (2016, U.S. premiere)
HAYDN  Te Deum in C Major
BERNSTEIN  Selections from Mass including Chorales and "Simple Song"
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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