The holiday season is upon us! Join Kent at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine and at Carnegie Hall for restorative music of the season: 
  • A Cathedral Christmas Concert this year celebrates France, with seasonal music by Poulenc and Charpentier (details below). The Cathedral Choristers sing selections by Willcocks, Britten, Rutter, and Fraser, accompanied by harp, and the evening also includes Christmas carols sung by all. Saturday, December 10 
  • Pick your Kent Tritle Carnegie Hall Messiah - or hear them both! The New York Times has praised both the "rich and full-bodied" performances of Handel's masterwork by the 200-voice Oratorio Society of New York, and the "excellent chorus and top-notch soloists" of the Musica Sacra presentations. On Wednesday, December 21, Kent leads the Oratorio Society of New York and soloists Kathryn Lewek, soprano; Jakub Józef Orliński, countertenor; William Ferguson, tenor; and Adam Lau, bass, and the next day, Thursday, December 22, leads Musica Sacra with Kathryn Lewek, soprano; Jakub Józef Orliński, countertenor; Colin Balzer, tenor; and Scott Dispensa, baritone.
  • Founded by Leonard Bernstein in 1984, the annual New Year's Eve Concert for Peace is a signature event of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Returning are special guests Judy Collins and Jason Robert Brown, and host Harry Smith. This year's program features Haydn's Symphony No. 6, "Morning"; excerpts from J.S. Bach's monumental Mass in B Minor, a set of spirituals by African-American composers and arrangers; and the New York premiere of Paul Moravec's Light Shall Lift Us. Saturday, December 31 

Music from a Higher Sphere - A new CD just in time for the holidays!
Last April, Kent led the Oratorio Society of New York; choruses and the orchestra of the Manhattan School of Music; soloists Sara Murphy, Rachel Rosales, Bryn Holdsworth, Jana McIntyre, Noragh Devlin, John Tiranno, Tim Murray, and Adam Lau; and the Cathedral Choristers (children's choir) of St. John the Divine in the world premiere of an arrangement of Mahler's Symphony No. 8 for chorus, soloists, and organ by organist David Briggs, with Briggs as organ soloist. The Pro Organo label recorded the event, and the double CD, Music from a Higher Sphere, is now available - watch the promotional video, and click here to purchase.

And as 2016 draws to a close, here is a message from Kent:

The choral metaphor is what we in this country need now more than ever. When my choruses gather, there is no question as to our values and concerns. All are welcome. All are included. In fact, the choral environment is countercultural - no cell phones, no email or alarms for the rehearsal and performance periods - just total attention to the music and to each other. All of us believe in this art, and in this art as metaphor for what we must do to build bridges in our society and in our country. YOUR support of these choruses ensures that we can do this good work. Please consider a contribution this holiday season to any of my organizations. I am proud of them all, and your contribution to one or more is deeply appreciated. With your help, we can promote this choral metaphor for a more whole society.   



A very happy and peaceful holiday season to all!   
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Coming up...

Saturday, December 10, 7 PM
Great Music in a Great Space at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine
Combined Cathedral Choirs, Orchestra, and Soloists
Kent Tritle, conductor
Raymond Nagem, organ
Bryan Zaros, director, Cathedral Choristers

POULENC  Organ Concerto
POULENC  Four Christmas Motets
CHARPENTIER  In Nativitatem Domini Nostri Jesu Christi Canticum
Selections by Willcocks, Britten, Rutter, and Fraser performed by Cathedral Choristers
Christmas Carols

Wednesday, December 21, 8 PM
Carnegie Hall
Kent Tritle, conductor
Kathryn Lewek, soprano
Jakub Józef Orliński, countertenor
William Ferguson, tenor
Adam Lau, bass

HANDEL  Messiah

Thursday, December 22, 7:30 PM
Carnegie Hall
Kent Tritle, conductor
Kathryn Lewek, soprano
Jakub Józef Orliński, countertenor
Colin Balzer, tenor
Scott Dispensa, baritone

HANDEL  Messiah

Saturday, December 31, 7 PM
Great Music in a Great Space at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine
Cathedral Choir of St. John the Divine & Orchestra
Kent Tritle, conductor
Jamet Pittman, soprano
With guests Judy Collins, Jason Robert Brown and host Harry Smith

MORAVEC  Light Shall Lift Us (New York premiere)
HAYDN  Symphony No. 6, "Le Matin"
BACH  Mass in B Minor: Selections including "Gloria/et in terra pax" and "Dona nobis pacem"
HAILSTORK  "Motherless Child"
DAWSON  "Balm in Gilead"
HOGAN  "Walk together, children"
Traditional  "This little light of mine"

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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Photos: Jennifer Taylor