It is autumn - and the first three concerts of Kent's 2018-19 season exemplify the richness of New York's choral scene, with a beautiful breadth of repertoire and events commemorating milestones of liberation.

In addition, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine will mark two milestones of its own: on Saturday, October 20, the installation and institution of The Right Reverend Clifton Daniel III, 10th Dean, and a celebration of all Cathedral Ministries; and on Sunday, November 18, a joyous Evensong celebration of the Cathedral's 125th Anniversary featuring the Great Organ and the full Cathedral Choirs. Of course, Kent will be directing great music for these festivities, which are open to the public, and the November 18 event will be livestreamed on the Cathedral's Facebook page
  • Musica Sacra: Bach, Buxtehude, and Scarlatti - The season-opening program celebrates Musica Sacra signature repertoire with Baroque choral masterworks: Bach's Motet, BWV 225 "Singet dem herrn ein neues Lied," a tour-de-force for double chorus, and Scarlatti's extraordinarily dramatic Stabat Mater conducted by Kent, and Buxtehude's Cantate Domino and Scarlatti's Te Deum conducted by Musica Sacra Assistant Music Director Michael Sheetz. (Tuesday, October 23 at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine)
  • Great Music in a Great Space: "Armenia 1918/2018: Armistice & Independence - A Centennial Celebration" with the Cathedral Choir and Rose of the Compass - This program celebrating the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day and Armenian independence features colorful folk songs, love songs, and dances as well as music by Armenian cleric and composer Gomidas, the father of the Armenian national school of music. This is the eighth collaboration between the Cathedral Choir and the early/world music ensemble Rose of the Compass. The cathedral invites ticket holders to participate in a pre-concert tour of areas of the Cathedral constructed during World War I and its aftermath. (Monday, November 5 at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine)
  • Oratorio Society of New York: Marking the centennial year of the WWI Armistice and Polish independence. This concert is part of "100 for 100," a worldwide musical celebration of the centenary of Polish independence on November 11. It features as its centerpiece Szymanowski's Stabat Mater, in which the composer marries the liturgical text with Polish folk rhythms and melodies, complemented by Gorecki's Euntes Ibant et Flebant ("They who go forth and weep") for unaccompanied chorus, and what Kent calls "the quintessential piece to celebrate the Armistice," the oratorio Dona Nobis Pacem of Vaughan Williams that combines Latin text with poetry of Walt Whitman. Susanna Phillips, soprano; Ewa PÅ‚onka, mezzo-soprano; and Jesse Blumberg, baritone, are the program's soloists. (Sunday, November 11 at Carnegie Hall)
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Saturday, October 20, 2018, 5 PM 
Installation and Institution of The Right Reverend Clifton Daniel III, 10th Dean, and A Celebration of All Cathedral Ministries 
Tuesday, October 23, 2018, 7:30 PM
Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York, NY
Kent Tritle, conductor*
Michael Sheetz, conductor**

J. S. BACH  Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied,
BWV 225*
BUXTEHUDE  Cantate Domino**
SCARLATTI  Stabat Mater
Monday, November 5, 2018, 7:30 PM
Kent Tritle, conductor
Raymond Nagem, conductor
"Armenia 1918/2018: Armistice & Independence - A Centennial Celebration"
A program celebrating the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day and Armenian independence, with a tribute in folk songs, love songs, and dances and music of the Armenian cleric and composer Gomidas.
Sunday, November 11, 2018, 2 PM
Carnegie Hall, New York, NY
Kent Tritle, conductor
Susanna Phillips, soprano
Ewa Plonka, mezzo-soprano
Jesse Blumberg, baritone
GORECKI  Euntes Ibant et Flebant
Sunday, November 18, 2018, 4 PM
A Service of Dedication: 125th Anniversary

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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