Musica Sacra’s 2018-19 Season

Bach, Buxtehude & Scarlatti

Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at 7:30 PM

Cathedral of St. John the Divine—Great Choir
Kent Tritle, conductor
Michael Sheetz, conductor

J.S. BACH  Motet, BWV 225 “Singet dem herrn ein neues Lied”
BUXTEHUDE  Cantate Domino
SCARLATTI  Te Deum
SCARLATTI  Stabat Mater

J.S. Bach’s jubilant motet, Singet dem Herrn for double choir, plumbs the virtuosity of every singer. We’ll also perform music by Buxtehude, one of Bach’s heroes. His motet Cantate Domino continues the joyful theme, as does Scarlatti’s setting of the Te Deum and his tour-de-force for the chorus, Stabat Mater.

Pre-Concert Recital by the Newark Boys Chorus at 7:00 PM.

Program Notes


Handel’s Messiah

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at 7:30 PM

Carnegie Hall
Kent Tritle, conductor
Leslie Fagan, soprano
Daniel Moody, countertenor
Brian Giebler, tenor
John Brancy, baritone

Our annual, yet ever-renewed, performance of Messiah includes the award-winning baritone John Brancy and a stellar cast of soloists with the Musica Sacra Orchestra, complete with baroque bows and a focus on period performance practices. Don’t miss our Hallelujah and Worthy is the Lamb at Carnegie Hall.


Byrd, Whitacre & Tavener

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at 7:30 PM

Cathedral of St. John the Divine—Great Choir
Kent Tritle, conductor
Arthur Fiacco, cello

BYRD  Mass for 5 Voices
WHITACRE  i thank You God
TAVENER  The Lamb
PAULUS  Pilgrims’ Hymn
GILBERTSON  World Premiere

Byrd’s Mass for 5 Voices frames this a cappella concert, which will sound otherworldly in the Cathedral. We’ll also present a new work by 2018 Pulitzer Prize finalist Michael Gilbertson and poet Kai Hoffman-Krull. Choral works by Eric Whitacre, Stephen Paulus and Sir John Tavener complete an evening of soothing and uplifting music.

Pre-Concert Recital by the Newark Boys Chorus at 7:00 PM.


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