Kent starts off his 2018 spring season by flexing his organ chops! He takes to the manuals of the magnificent Great Organ of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine for his annual recital, this year an all-French program ( Tuesday, February 6), and then is featured as the soloist in the Saint-Saëns "Organ Symphony" with the New York Philharmonic and conductor Antonio Pappano, in three performances ( February 7, 9, 10).

Then, as the year marches toward spring, two programs at St. John the Divine present jewels of the choral repertoire. Kent leads the virtuosic Manhattan School of Music Chamber Choir in the Baroque oratorio Jephte by Giacomo Carissimi on a program also featuring his MSM students Jie Yi and Bryan Zaros conducting music of Victoria and Charpentier ( Tuesday, February 20). And Kent calls the spring program of Musica Sacra "a sonic tour de force of music spanning a thousand years" - Light of Light: Music of Lassus, Lauridsen, with Gregorian Chant ( Tuesday, March 6).

Learn more and buy tickets via the links below! And teachers take note: Kent is leading a master class on oratorio repertoire for the National Association of Teachers of Singing in New Haven, CT, on Sunday, February 11.

Stay tuned for more about Kent's spring season, which includes the world premieres of Sanctuary Road, an oratorio about the Underground Railroad based on the accounts of William Still, with music by Paul Moravec and text by Mark Campbell, and We Are One by Behzad Ranjbaran, both with the Oratorio Society of New York; and a new work with music by Robert Sirota and text by Reverend Victoria Sirota for a program celebrating the history of New York's immigrants with the Cathedral Choir and Rose of the Compass. For more, read the press release on Kent's spring season. 

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018, 7:30 PM
Great Music in a Great Space at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York, NY
MARCHAND  Grand Dialogue
DE GRIGNY  Recit de Tierce en taille
COUPERIN  Convent Mass: Offertoire
ALAIN  Le Jardin Suspendu
ALAIN  Litanies       
GUILMANT  Sonata No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 80
February 8, 9, 10, 2018
David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center, New York, NY
Antonio Pappano, conductor
Leif Ove-Andsnes, piano
Kent Tritle, organ

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS  Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
BRITTEN  Piano Concerto
SAINT-SAËNS  Symphony No. 3, "Organ"
Sunday, February 11, 2018, 4:30 PM
Neighborhood Music School, New Haven, CT
Focus on oratorio repertoire
Tuesday, February 20, 2018, 7:30 PM
Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York, NY
Manhattan School of Music Chamber Choir
Kent Tritle, conductor*
Jie Yi, conductor
Brian Zaros, conductor

VICTORIA  O quam gloriosum
VICTORIA  Missa O quam gloriosum
CHARPENTIER  Le Reniement de Saint Pierre, H. 424
Tuesday, March 6, 2018, 7:30 PM
Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York, NY
Kent Tritle, conductor

Light of Light: Music of Lassus, Lauridsen, with Gregorian Chant

LASSUS   Missa super Osculetur me
LASSUS   Surgens Jesus
JOSQUIN  Ave Maria
LAURIDSEN  O nata lux
OLDHAM  My Lord, thou art in every breath I take
Gregorian Mass for Quasi modo Sunday
Sequence: Victimae paschali laudes
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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