The fall music season is here!  And the next few weeks bring Kent leading extraordinarily rich season-opening concerts of Musica Sacra, "Great Music in a Great Space" at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, and the Oratorio Society of New York.

On October 5, Musica Sacra presents "The Savior of Church Music and the Mystics," a program ranging from Palestrina's masterpiece Missa Papae Marcelli to music of Arvo Pärt and Sir John Tavener, composers whose work refracts medieval style through a modern lens. October 25 brings "The Glory of Constantinople," the sixth collaboration of the Cathedral Choir of St. John the Divine with the wonderful early/world music group Rose of the Compass: chants and motets from Christian and Muslim traditions and modern-day arrangements of indigenous Turkish music.  (You can purchase a recording of their last concert together, "Four Quarters of Jerusalem" - a rich program celebrating the diverse musical and religious cultures in that city - from the Pro Organo label here.)  

And on November 3, Kent leads the Oratorio Society of New York at Carnegie Hall for a grand program of Mozart's "Great" Mass in C Minor and Bruckner's Te Deum, with a terrific cast of soloists:  Jennifer Zetlan, soprano; Helen Karloski, mezzo-soprano; Alex Richardson, tenor; and Philip Cutlip, baritone.

For fans in or near DeLand, Florida, and Savannah, Georgia: Kent performs organ recitals at Stetson University on September 29 and at Savannah's St. Peter's Episcopal Church on October 13.

See the links in the listings below to purchase tickets! For the complete season schedule, visit the calendar page of Kent's website - and don't forget that services at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine are open to all:  Choral Eucharist on Sundays at 11 AM, and Evensong on Sundays at 4 PM ( click here for the liturgical music schedule).
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Coming up...

Thursday, September 29, 7:30 PM
Stetson University, DeLand, FL
(Residence also includes a choral workshop on September 28)

BACH  Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C Major, BWV 564
BACH  Partita on "O Gott, du frommer Gott," BWV 767
MENDELSSOHN  Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 65
ROREM  Views from the Oldest House (1981)
FRANCK  Pièce Héroïque

Wednesday, October 5, 7:30 PM
Cathedral of St. John the Divine
Kent Tritle, conductor

"The Savior of Church Music and the Mystics"
PALESTRINA  Missa Papae Marcelli
PÄRT  Magnificat
TAVENER  Funeral Ikos
TAVENER  Ikon of Saint Cuthbert of Lindisfarne

Thursday, October 13, 2016
St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Savannah, GA

Tuesday, October 25, 7:30 PM
Great Music in a Great Space at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine
Kent Tritle, conductor

"The Glory of Constantinople"
A musical exploration of the cultural evolution in this seat of the Ottoman Empire: chants and motets composed upon its 1453 transfer from Christian to Muslim hands (including Dufay's poignant Balsamus et unda cera), modern-day arrangements of indigenous Turkish folksongs, and more

Thursday, November 3, 2016, 8 PM
Carnegie Hall
Kent Tritle, conductor
Jennifer Zetlan, soprano
Helen Karloski, mezzo-soprano
Alex Richardson, tenor
Philip Cutlip, baritone

MOZART  "Great" Mass in C Minor

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