Past Performances


2016-2017 Season

2015-2016 Season

2014-2015 Season

2013-2014 Season

2012-2013 Season

2011-2012 Season

2010-2011 Season

2009-2010 Season

2008-2009 Season

2016-2017 Season

Bach, Brahms and Britten
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 | 7:30 PM
Cathedral of St. John the Divine – Great Choir
Kent Tritle, conductor

Johann Sebastian Bach  Jesu, meine Freude, BWV 227
Benjamin Britten  Festival Te Deum, Op. 32 and Rejoice in the Lamb, Op. 30
Johannes Brahms  Schaffe in mir, Gott, ein rein Herz, Op. 29, No. 2


Handel’s Messiah
Thursday, December 22, 2016 | 7:30 PM
Carnegie Hall – Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage
Kent Tritle, conductor
Kathryn Lewek | soprano
Jakub Józef Orliński | countertenor
Colin Balzer | tenor
Scott Dispensa | baritone


The Savior of Church Music and the Mystics: Pärt, Palestrina, and Tavener
Wednesday, October 5, 2016, 7:30 PM
Cathedral of St. John the Divine—Great Choir

GIOVANNI PIERLUIGI DA PALESTRINA  Missa Papae Marcelli
ARVO PÄRT  Magnificat
JOHN TAVENER  Funeral Ikos and Ikon of Saint Cuthbert of Lindisfarne

2015-2016 Season

Wednesday, March 9, 2016, 7:30 PM
Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center

Kent Tritle, conductor
Lianne Coble, soprano
Helen Karloski, mezzo-soprano
Marc Day, tenor
Kevin Deas, bass

EVAN FEIN  Deborah  (World Premiere)
MOZART  Solemn Vespers, K.339

Tuesday, December 22, 2015, 7:30 PM
Carnegie Hall
Kent Tritle, conductor
Kathryn Lewek, soprano
Christopher Ainslie, countertenor
Mingjie Lei, tenor
Matt Boehler, bass

HANDEL  Messiah

Wednesday, October 21, 2015, 7:30 PM
Cathedral of St. John the Divine
MUSICA SACRA
Kent Tritle, conductor

TALLIS  Spem in Alium
STRAUSS  Deutsche Motette
BRUCKNER  Os Justi
ALICE PARKER  An American Kedusha
ROBERT CONVERY  The Lamb
RANDALL THOMPSON  Alleluia

2014-2015 Season

Thurs., November 6, 2014, 8 PM
Musica Sacra with the Orchestra of St. Luke's

Carnegie Hall  
57th Street at Seventh Avenue
The chorus will perform Mendelssohn's Die erste Walpurgisnacht, Op. 60, conducted by OSL's Music Director, Pablo Heras-Casado. 

Sat., December 20, 2014, 2 PM
Handel's Messiah

The Performing Arts Center, Purchase College 
In its first appearance in Westchester County, Musica Sacra's chorus and orchestra will perform Handel's Messiah, conducted by Music Director Kent Tritle at The Performing Arts Center at Purchase College.

Tues., December 23, 2014, 7:30 PM
Handel's Messiah
Carnegie Hall

57th Street at Seventh Avenue
Musica Sacra's chorus and orchestra return to Carnegie Hall for their annual holiday performance of Handel's Messiah conducted by Music Director Kent Tritle. 

Wed., March 4, 2015, 7:30 PM
Contemporary Composers: Juraj Filas, Michael Gilbertson, Robert Paterson, and Judith Lang Zaimont
Cathedral of St. John the Divine

112th Street and Amsterdam Avenue  

Kent Tritle, conductor
Michael Sheetz, conductor*
Lianne Coble, soprano
John Tiranno, tenor
Malcolm Merriweather, baritone
Arthur Fiacco, cello
Walter Hilse and Raymond Nagem, organists

JURAJ FILAS  The Wisdom of the Wise Old Man – World Premiere
MICHAEL GILBERTSON  Returning – World Premiere  watch video
ROBERT PATERSON  Lux Aeterna – World Premiere
JUDITH LANG ZAIMONT  Parable, A Tale of Abram and Isaac*

Continuing its commitment to expanding the choral repertoire, Musica Sacra dedicates its final concert of the season to three world premieres, including The Wisdom of the Wise Old Man by Juraj Filas, Returning by Michael Gilbertson, Lux Aeterna by Robert Paterson, as well as Parable, A Tale of Abram and Isaac by Judith Lang Zaimont. The performance is made possible with generous support from The Sorel Organization and Joanne Spellun.

The Sorel Foundation

2015 Spring SoireeWednesday, June 17, 2015
2015 Spring Soirée
6:30 PM cocktails, 7:15 PM performance

Join us on June 17 at the home of Simon Yates and Kevin Roon
Susanna Phillips, soprano Myra Huang, pianist  

An Evening of Song from the Operatic Repertoire  

 

2013-2014 Season

The Tudor Traverse – Exclusive Subscribers Only Event
Wednesday, October 22, 2013—6:15 PM
The Chapel of St. James, Cathedral of St. John the Divine
1047 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY

Pre-concert talk by Dr. Carol Herselle Krinsky, Professor of Art History, NYU

Kent Tritle, Conductor
Jamet Pittman, Soprano
Silvie Jensen, Mezzo-soprano
Marc Day, Tenor
Michael Steinberger, Tenor
Peter Stewart, Bass-baritone

William Byrd Mass for 5 Voices
Motets by Thomas Weelkes & Orlando Gibbons

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Handel's Messiah – Musica Sacra's 74th & 75th Performances
Thursday, December 12, 2013—8 PM
Sunday, December 15, 2013—8 PM
Carnegie Hall
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage

Kent Tritle, Conductor
Leslie Fagan, Soprano
Ian Howell, Countertenor
Colin Balzer, Tenor
Sidney Outlaw, Baritone

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Meredith Monk & Jocelyn Hagen
Monday, March 31, 2014—7:30 PM
Alice Tully Hall
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

PERFORMING ARTISTS:
Kent Tritle, Music Director & Conductor
Meredith Monk, Composer & Vocalist
Jennifer Zetlan, Soprano
Katie Geissinger, Mezzo-soprano
John Matthew Myers, Tenor
Mischa Bouvier, Baritone
Arthur J. Fiacco, Cello

PROGRAM:
Selections from Monk’s
ATLAS, Part III: Invisible Light:
“Other Worlds Revealed”
“Explorers’ Junctures”
“Return to Earth”

“Hocket” from Facing North

Nightfall

NY premiere of Hagen’s amass

2012-2013 Season

JUBILATIONS: Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven
Monday, October 22, 2012—8 PM
Alice Tully Hall, Broadway at 65th St.

Musica Sacra Chorus and Orchestra
Kent Tritle, conductor

Susanna Phillips, Soprano
Jennifer Johnson Cano, Mezzo-soprano
John Tiranno, Tenor
Charles Perry Sprawls, Bass
Anna Shelest, Piano

PROGRAM:
Mozart  Exsultate, jubilate
Hayden “Lord Nelson” Mass
Beethoven  Choral Fantasy

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HANDEL's Messiah
Thursday, December 20, 2012—8 PM

Sunday, December 23, 2012—8 PM
Carnegie Hall

Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage

Musica Sacra Chorus and Orchestra
Kent Tritle, Conductor

Kathryn Lewek, Soprano
Kirsten Sollek, Contralto
Nicholas Phan, Tenor
Matt Boehler, Bass

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Bach's St. Matthew Passion
Thursday, March 28, 2013—8 PM
Musica Sacra performs with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s

Carnegie Hall
Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall

Following a memorable, sold-out performance of Mozart’s Requiem last season, Iván Fischer returns to Carnegie Hall to lead the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and Musica Sacra in J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion.

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'The Soul Rejoices' Magnificats of Monteverdi and Pärt
Wednesday, May 15, 2013—8 PM

The Church of St. Paul the Apostle
Columbus Avenue at West 60th Street

Musica Sacra Chorus and Continuo
Kent Tritle, Conductor

CLAUDIO MONTEVERDI  Magnificat for Six Voices
ARVO PÄRT  Magnificat
JOHN TAVENER  Svyati
   
with Arthur Fiacco, Cello
FELIX MENDELSSOHN   Kyrie for double choir
FELIX MENDELSSOHN   Heilig for double choir 
J.S. BACH   Singet dem Herrn 


2011-2012 Season

Handel's Messiah
Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at 8:00 p.m.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011 at 8:00 p.m.
Carnegie Hall
Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage

GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL: Messiah

Musica Sacra Chorus and Orchestra
Kent Tritle, Conductor

Leslie Fagan, Soprano
Sasha Cooke, Mezzo-Soprano
Cullen Gandy, Tenor*
Kevin Deas, Bass

*Carnegie Hall debut

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SELECTIONS FROM THE BACH FAMILY NOTEBOOK
Works by Johann Sebastian Bach and his forebears
Thursday, February 23, 2012–8 PM

Carnegie Hall
Weill Recital Hall
154 West 57th Street

Musica Sacra Chorus and Instrumental Continuo
Kent Tritle, Conductor

PROGRAM:
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) 
Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden

Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf

Johann Christoph Bach (1642-1703)
Fürchte dich nicht

Johann Bach (1604-1673)
Unser Leben ist ein Schatten

Johann Michael Bach (1648-1694)
Halt, was du hast

Johann Ludwig Bach (1677-1731)
Das ist meine Freude
Das Blut Jesu Christi
Sei nun wieder zufrieden, meine Seele

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SONGS AND ROMANCES
Monday, April 23, 2012 – 8 PM
Carnegie Hall
Weill Recital Hall

154 West 57th Street

Musica Sacra Chorus and Instrumental Ensemble
Kent Tritle, Conductor
Anna Shelest, Piano

PROGRAM:

Johannes Brahms
Vier Gesänge, Op. 17, for women’s chorus, 2 horns and harp
Ziguenerlieder

Franz Schubert
Songs for Male Chorus

Robert Schumann
Quartets for chorus and piano
Piano Sonata in F-sharp Minor, Op. 11

This program was made possible in part by generous support from The Sorel Organization


Non-Subscription Concerts:

 

KENT TRITLE, ORGAN
“The American Organ”
Sunday, September 25, 2011 – 4 PM
St. Francis Episcopal Church

Stamford, CT

George Crumb: Pastoral Drone
Larry King: Resurrection
Ned Rorem: Views from the Oldest House
Julius Reubke: The 94th Psalm

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RACHMANINOFF: All-Night Vigil, Op. 37 (Vespers)
Wednesday, October 12, 2011 – 8 PM
Church of St. Paul the Apostle

Columbus Avenue at West 60th Street

Musica Sacra Chorus
Kent Tritle, Conductor
Kirsten Sollek, Contralto
John Tiranno, Tenor

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WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART:
Symphony No. 34 in C Major, K. 338

Requiem, K. 626
Thursday, April 12, 2012 – 8PM
Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall

57th Street at 7th Avenue

Orchestra of St. Luke’s
Iván Fischer, Conductor
Dominique Labelle, Soprano
Kelley O’Connor, Mezzo-Soprano
Remaining soloists to be announced

MUSICA SACRA CHORUS
Kent Tritle, Music Director


2010-2011 Season

Baroque Gems of Carissimi, Charpentier and J. S. Bach
Saturday, October 23, 2010 – 8PM

Alice Tully Hall
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

PROGRAM:
J. S. Bach  Jesu, meine Freude, BWV 227 (Jesus, my joy)

Marc-Antoine Charpentier  Filius Prodigus (The Prodigal Son)
Giacomo Carissimi  Vanitas Vanitatum (Vanity of Vanities)

Musica Sacra Chorus and Chamber Orchestra
Kent Tritle, Conductor

Kathryn Lewek and Jamet Pittman, Sopranos
Kirsten Sollek, Mezzo-Soprano
Ryland Angel, Countertenor
Joseph Mikolaj* and Steven Fox, Tenors
Steven Hrycelak and Damian Savarino, Basses

*First Place winner of the 2010 Oratorio Society Solo Competition

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Handel's Messiah
Tuesday, December 21, 2010 at 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, December 21, 2010 at 8:00 p.m.

Carnegie Hall

Musica Sacra Chorus and Orchestra
Kent Tritle, Conductor

Jennifer Zetlan, Soprano
Matthew Shaw, Countertenor
Colin Balzer, Tenor
Tyler Duncan, Baritone

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George Frideric Handel: Israel in Egypt
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 at 8:00 p.m.

Carnegie Hall

Musica Sacra Chorus and Orchestra
Kent Tritle, Conductor

Leslie Fagan and Jamet Pittman, Sopranos
Charlotte Paulsen, Mezzo-Soprano
Oliver Mercer, Tenor
Tyler Duncan, Baritone
Kevin Deas, Bass

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MESSAGES TO MYSELF:
A Fascinating Program of New Works by Established and Emerging Composers
Friday, May 13, 2011 at 8:00 p.m.

Alice Tully Hall
Lincoln Center

Musica Sacra Chorus
Kent Tritle, Conductor

PROGRAM:
CHRISTOPHER THEOFANIDIS: Messages to Myself (New York Premiere)
MICHAEL GILBERTSON: Three Madrigals After Dowland (World Premiere)
BEHZAD RANJBARAN: We Are One (New York Premiere)

CHRISTINA WHITTEN THOMAS: Choral de Bêtes
DANIEL BREWBAKER: Mother, Father (World Premiere)
ROBERT CONVERY: The Lamb

ZACHARY PATTEN: Magnificat, Amen (New York Premiere)
AARON JAY KERNIS: Effortlessly love flows (No. 1 from Ecstatic Meditations)
ELLIOT Z. LEVINE: i thank You God


2009-2010 Season

Saturday, October 24, 2009
Alice Tully Hall
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

Jonathan G. Michie, Baritone

SCARLATTI: Stabat Mater
J.S. BACH: Komm, Jesu, komm, BWV 229
J.S. BACH: Cantata 82, “Ich habe genug”
J.S. BACH: Singet dem Herrn, BWV 225

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Handel's Messiah
Monday, December 21
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Carnegie Hall

Julianne Baird, Soprano
Anthony Roth Costanzo, Countertenor
William Ferguson, Tenor
Kevin Deas, Bass

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Friday, April 23, 2010
Carnegie Hall

MOZART: Piano Concerto No. 23 in A Major
MOZART: Mass in C Minor

Leslie Fagan, Soprano
Virginia Warnken, Mezzo-soprano
Matthew Garrett, Tenor
Kevin Deas, Bass
Anna Shelest, Piano


2008-2009 Season

BACH: St. John Passion
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Rose Theater, Frederick P. Rose Hall

Rufus Müller, Evangelist
Matt Boehler, Christ
Mary Ellen Callahan, Soprano
Barbara Rearick, Mezzo-soprano
Paul Appleby, Tenor
Tyler Duncan, Baritone
Musica Sacra Chorale Choir

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November 18, 2008
World Financial Center

FELDMAN: Rothko Chapel
PÄRT: Stabat Mater
WNYC New Sounds Live performance series, hosted by John Schaefer

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Handel's Messiah
Monday, December 22
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Carnegie Hall

Jamet Pittman, Soprano
Jay Carter, Countertenor
Philippe Castagner, Tenor
Sidney Outlaw, Baritone

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Friday, March 20, 2009
Rose Theater, Frederick P. Rose Hall

BRAHMS: Ein Deutsches Requiem
MAHLER: Lieder eine fahrenden Gesellen
SCHUBERT: Fantasia in F Minor

Leslie Fagan, Soprano
John Michael Moore, Baritone
Margo Garrett, Piano
Sunglee Victoria Choi, Piano