Mozart's Requiem paired with Morten Lauridsen's Lux Aeterna -- for his first choral program of the season, Kent leads the Cathedral Choral Society in Washington National Cathedral in a program of "profound serenity," and even participates in the pre-concert talk! (Sunday, October 15, at 4 PM)

A week later, he is back at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, where he was Music Director for 22 years, for a recital on the Mander organ created under his supervision, to help mark the great instrument's 25th anniversary. ( Sunday, October 22, at 3 PM)

Kent's two New York groups launch their seasons in signature fashion: Musica Sacra offers its trademark presentations of Bach motets on a rich program with Schütz, Brahms, and Bruckner at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine ( Wednesday, October 25, at 7:30 PM), and the Oratorio Society of New York opens 2017-18 with two grand choral masterpieces by Brahms, Ein deutsches Requiem and Schicksalslied, at Carnegie Hall ( Monday, November 6, at 8 PM). Soprano Susanna Phillips and baritone John Chest are the soloists in the Requiem, which OSNY premiered in the U.S. in 1877 (at which time The New York Times commented, "it is scarcely likely to impress any but students").

And New Yorkers get to hear Kent's Mozart Requiem as well - he leads the splendid students of the Manhattan School of Music - Chamber Choir, Symphonic Chorus, and Symphony - in the work at the Upper West Side landmark, Riverside Church. ( Tuesday, November 14, at 7:30 PM)

It's never too early to make summer plans! Kent will be participating in two summer music festivals in 2018: the new Mostly Modern Festival, June 4-18 at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY, and the Amherst Early Music Festival, July 8-14 at Connecticut College in New London, CT.  Applications for singers and instrumentalists are available here for MMF, and applications will open for Amherst next month (more info here). 

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Don't forget that the services at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine are open to all: you can hear Kent and the Cathedral Choir at Choral Eucharist on Sundays at 11 AM, joined frequently by the Cathedral Choristers (grades 4-8) and volunteer Cathedral Chorale. And Kent and the choir return for the traditional Anglican service of Evensong at 4 PM. Click here for a full schedule through next spring of the music you can hear at these services.

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Sunday, October 15, 2017, 4 PM
Washington National Cathedral
Washington, DC

Kent Tritle, conductor
Danielle Talamantes, soprano
Sara Murphy, mezzo-soprano
John Matthew Myers, tenor
Matt Boehler, bass

MOZART  Requiem
LAURIDSEN  Lux Aeterna
S unday, October 22, 2017, 3 PM
Church of St. Ignatius Loyola
New York, NY

MARCHAND  Grand Dialogue
PAULUS  Tryptich (selection) (2000)       
J.S. BACH  Prelude and Fugue in A Minor, BWV 543
MENDELSSOHN  Sonata No. 3 in A Major, Op. 65
BRAHMS  Chorale Preludes, Op.122 (selections)
GUILMANT  Sonata No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 80

Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 7:30 PM
Cathedral of St. John the Divine
New York, NY
Kent Tritle, conductor

J.S. BACH  Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf
J.S. BACH  Fürchte dich nicht
SCHÜTZ  Three selections from Psalmen Davids
BRAHMS  Fest und Gedenksprüche
BRAHMS  Ich aber bin elend
BRUCKNER  Virga Jesse

Monday, November 6, 2017, 8 PM
Carnegie Hall
New York, NY


Kent Tritle, conductor
Susanna Phillips, soprano
John Chest, baritone

BRAHMS  Schicksalslied, Op. 54
BRAHMS  Ein deutsches Requiem

Tuesday, November 14, 2017, 7:30 PM
Riverside Church
New York, NY

Manhattan School of Music Symphonic Chorus
Manhattan School of Music Chamber Choir
Manhattan School of Music Symphony
Kent Tritle, conductor*
Billy Janiszewski, conductor
Jie Yi, conductor
Bryan Zaros, conductor

MOZART  Requiem*
HANDEL  Coronation Anthems (selections)

June 4-18, 2018
Mostly Modern Festival
Arthur Zankel Music Center at Skidmore College
Saratoga Springs, NY


July 8-14, 2018
Amherst Early Music Festival
Connecticut College
New London, CT

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