Kent’s three autumn concerts at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine offer a great way to journey through a millennium with music!

Musica Sacra performs repertoire for which it is well known in “Music for a Gothic Space”: Gregorian chant and medieval masterpieces; Machaut’s Messe de Nostre Dame and motets by Josquin des Pres, on October 21. The Oratorio Society of New York brings its choral grandeur to the Cathedral on November 5 for two 20 th-century works that will resound in the space: Rachmaninoff’s a cappella Vespers (also known as All-Night Vigil) and Duruflé’s Requiem. November 20 brings the U.S. premiere of Patrick Zimmerli’s 2017 oratorio Instrument of Destiny for male chorus, tenor soloist, jazz piano, and jazz percussion, which celebrates the life of early 20th-century American poet Alan Seeger (part of the Cathedral's Great Music in a Great Space series).

Kent leads his students of the Manhattan School of Music Chamber Choir on November 12 in a program of beautifully varied repertoire, assisted by some of his graduate student conductors. And should you be in New York’s Ulster County on October 26, head to Christ the King Episcopal Church in Stone Ridge, where Kent will perform an organ recital of music by Bach, Brahms, Mendelssohn, and more.

Check out the links below for more information!
Upcoming Events
Mon., October 21, 2019, 7:30 PM
Kent Tritle, conductor

"Music for a Gothic Space"
GUILLAUME DE MACHAUT  Messe de Nostre Dame
Gregorian Chant
Sat., October 26, 2019, 4 PM

J. S. BACH  Pièce d’Orgue , BWV 572         
BRAHMS  Two Chorales, Op. 122       
Herzliebster Jesu
Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele
BRUHNS Praeludium in E minor
J. S. BACH  An Wasserflüssen Babylon , BWV 653    
MENDELSSOHN Prelude and Fugue in C minor, Opus 37, No. 1 
FRANCK Chorale No. 3 in A minor
Tue., November 5, 2019, 7:30 PM
Kent Tritle, conductor
Kirsten Sollek, contralto
John Riesen, tenor
David Pike, baritone
Arthur Fiacco, Jr., cello
David Briggs, organ

RACHMANINOFF  Vespers (excerpts)
Tue., November 12, 2019, 7:30 PM
Gordon K. and Harriet Greenfield Hall
Manhattan School of Music, New York, NY
Alejandro Zuleta
Rong Zhang
Cunctipotens genitor Deus (10th century, Milan)
PEROTIN  Sederunt
WHITTEN  Choral de Bêtes
HOIBY “Last Letter Home”
OLDHAM  Boulding Chorale - “My Lord, thou art in every breath I take”
“Elijah Rock” (Traditional spiritual)
Wed., November 20, 2019, 7:30 PM
Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York, NY
Kent Tritle, conductor
Alex Richardson, tenor
Thomas Enhco, piano
David Rozenblatt, percussion

ZIMMERLI  Instrument of Destiny
(U.S. Premiere)
An oratorio on poetry of Alan Seeger
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.

Kent Tritle photos by Jennifer Taylor