One is a serene consolation, the other a work of operatic drama, and both are masterpieces. This spring, Kent leads performances of the Requiem masses of Gabriel Fauré and Giuseppe Verdi in two of New York's most iconic spaces.

The Fauré Requiem is performed in the lead-up to Easter, on Tuesday, April 9, by the Cathedral Choir of St. John the Divine and soloists Jennifer Zetlan, soprano, and John Brancy, baritone, on a program that also includes two deeply spiritual works by Poulenc. For the thundering Verdi work, Kent leads the 200-voice Oratorio Society of New York at Carnegie Hall on Thursday, May 9, with soloists Elizabeth de Trejo, soprano; Raehann Bryce-Davis, mezzo-soprano; Joshua Blue, tenor; and Adam Lau, bass. 

Should you be in Potsdam, New York - or in Montreal or Ottawa, even - on Saturday, May 4, you can hear Kent lead the Crane School Orchestra and Chorus, of The Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, in Hindemith's Apparebit Repentina Dies and Mozart's Mass in C Minor - the conclusion of a week's residency.

This spring, both Musica Sacra and the Oratorio Society of New York are offering delightful ways to support their organizations:
  • Musica Sacra's spring benefit is Monday, May 20: cocktails at a beautiful home in downtown Manhattan, with members of the Cathedral Choir singing Brahms's delightful Liebeslieder Waltzes, and Kent performing J.S. Bach's tour-de-force "Wedge" Prelude and Fugue, and a movement from Felix Mendelssohn's brilliant Organ Sonata in B-flat. Michael Sheetz and Amir Farid join at the piano. For information, please visit or call 212-330-7684.
  • The Oratorio Society of New York's annual fundraising auction is Thursday, May 23, offering such items as artworks and art tours, hikes and boat rides, dinners and concerts, vacation homes, and much more, in an evening of delicious food, good company, and great fun. Visit for more info.

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Tuesday, April 9, 7:30 PM
Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York, NY
Kent Tritle, conductor
Jennifer Zetlan, soprano
John Brancy, baritone

FAURÉ Requiem, Op. 48
POULENC Litanies à la Vierge noire, FP 82
POULENC Quatre petites prières de saint Françoise d'Assise, FP 142

Saturday, May 4, 7:30 PM
The Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam, NY
Kent Tritle, conductor

HINDEMITH Apparebit Repentina Dies
MOZART Mass in C Minor, K. 427

Thursday, May 9, 8 PM
Carnegie Hall, New York, NY
Kent Tritle, conductor
Elizabeth de Trejo, soprano
Raehann Bryce-Davis, mezzo-soprano
Joshua Blue, tenor
Adam Lau, bass

VERDI  Requiem
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.

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Kent Tritle photos by Jennifer Taylor