Musica Sacra Announces Its 2019-20 Season

By Nicole Kuchta

Musica Sacra, New York’s longest continuously performing professional chorus under the direction of Kent Tritle, has announced its 2019-20 season.

The season will open with the a cappella concert “Music for a Gothic Space” at Cathedral of St. John the Divine. The performance, preceded by a recital by the Newark Boys Chorus, will feature Machaut’s “Messe de Nostre Dame,” the polyphonic motets of Josquin des Prez, and the Gregorian Chant.

Performance Date: Oct. 21, 2019

A holiday tradition, the chorus will present its 81st performance of Handel’s “Messiah” at Carnegie Hall. Soloists will include soprano Amy Justman, contralto Kirsten Sollek, tenor Joshua Blue, and bass Adam Lau.

Performance Date: Dec. 23, 2019

The ensemble will return to Cathedral of St. John the Divine to explore the German choral tradition with Josef Rheinberger’s Mass for Double Choir in E-Flat Major “Cantus Missae,” Brahms’ motet “Schaffe in mir, Gott,” Anton Bruckner’s “Os Justi,” and J. S. Bach’s “Komm, Jesu, Komm.” The Newark Boys Chorus will give a pre-concert recital.

Performance Date: Mar. 18, 2020