Oratorio Society of New York to Present Organ Arrangements of Mahler & Beethoven Symphonies in Upcoming Concert

By David Salazar

The Oratorio Society of New York is set to present a unique program showcasing two of the most iconic works of all time.

On March 5, 2024, the organization will present organ reductions of the final movements of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and Mahler’s Second Symphony. The showcase will feature organist and arranger David Briggs. Soloists include Susanna Phillips, Heather Petrie, Joshua Blue, and Tyler Duncan.

The program also includes Oliver Caplan’s “Cloud Anthem” and Karen P. Thomas’ “Le Stelle,” both selected following a call for new scores by the Oratorio Society of New York.

“This concert is truly a concert of celebration! With the brilliance of organist David Briggs’s transcriptions, we are able to perform both the magnificent ‘Choral Cantata’ of Beethoven – the final movement of his Ninth Symphony, alongside the glorious conclusion of Mahler’s Symphony II, ‘Resurrection.’ We have a stunning cast of soloists on board, and I’m also deeply excited for our New York premieres of works by Oliver Caplan and Karen P. Thomas,” said Maestro Kent Tritle in an official press statement issued by the company.

The concert kicks off at 7 p.m. at St. Bartholomew’s Church.

Next up for Oratorio Society of New York is a concert performance of Händel’s “Samson” on May 6, 2024.