Kent Tritle's Welcome Letter


Welcome to Musica Sacra’s 53rd Season!  

Kent TritleThe Musica Sacra Chorus and Orchestra continue to set standards of excellence in the New York cultural scene! This past year saw us not only in our own subscription season, but also performing with New York City Ballet, Mostly Mozart, and the Orchestra of St Luke’s at Carnegie Hall. We also presented two sold-out concerts at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in the splendid acoustical environment of the Great Choir, a space that evokes the splendid architecture of the great European cathedrals. I hope you’ll join us for another fantastic year of great music!

On Wednesday, October 25, we open our season with the music of Bach, Schütz, Brahms, and Bruckner, again in the Great Choir of St. John the Divine. We feature two of Johann Sebastian Bach’s glorious motets, Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf and Fürchte dich nicht, along with music both festive and introspective from the German Baroque and Romantic schools.

Our annual performance of Handel's Messiah takes place on Thursday, December 21. This season you’ll hear our acclaimed performance of Messiah in our favorite venue, Carnegie Hall, with a stellar cast of soloists: Metropolitan Opera soprano Kathryn Lewek and 2017 Grand Finals at the Metropolitan Opera Competition mezzo-soprano Samantha Hankey, as well as tenor Paul Appleby and bass Adam Lau are just four of the many reasons you will want to join us for a sure step into the joy of the holiday season! We take great pride in presenting Messiah in its complete, uncut form, while taking advantage of some of Handel’s most interesting variants. Today, as in Handel’s own time, Messiah is a living, breathing piece of music, created and recreated, rather than a monument carved in stone.

On March 6, 2018, we present our final concert of the season, again in the Cathedral’s Great Choir, with a transcendent program of music spanning 1,000 years. You’ll hear Gregorian chant, Notre Dame organum, and music of the great Flemish composers Josquin and Lassus. Sumptuous pieces by American composers Morton Lauridsen and Kevin Oldham round out this program.

As ever, these concerts can only take place through the generosity of our supporters. I invite you to subscribe and to join the Friends of Musica Sacra on whatever level you are able to contribute. Together we will keep alive and vital the best of choral music making in this wonderful city!  

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Kent Tritle, Music Director