The Cathedral of St. John the Divine Announces its 2023-24 Season of Great Music In A Great Space

By Afton Wooten

Photo credit: Masataka Suemitsu

Kent Tritle leads the 2023-24 season of The Cathedral of St. John the Divine’s Great Music In A Great Space.

This article only features vocals works.

Musica Sacra Chorus opens the season with “Re:Soundings.” The concert of Medieval, Renaissance and contemporary works also features a world premiere by Daniel Ficarri written for the spaces surrounding the Great Choir.

Performance Date: October 17, 2023

“The Joy of Christmas: Peace on Earth” is presented by the Cathedral Choirs and Orchestra. Bryan Zaros also conducts.

Performance Date: December 9, 2023

Concert for Peace: Hearts, Hands and Forgotten Voices” includes African American Spirituals arranged by contemporary composers Adolphus Hailstork and Marques L.A. Garrett; “To the Hands” by Caroline Shaw; “she took his hands” by Nicholas Cline; and the world premiere of “Voices of Afghanistan” by Stanley Grill; all framed by music of J.S. Bach and culminating in “This Little Light of Mine.”

Performance Date: December 31, 2023

“Spirit and Splendor: Schütz & Handel” is performed by Musica Sacra Chorus with soloists sopranos Elisse Albian and Emily Donato, contralto Kirsten Sollek, tenor Richard Pittsinger, bass-baritones Nathaniel Sullivan and Joseph Beutel.

Performance Date: March 19, 2024

Audiences will enjoy Mozart’s “Coronation Mass, “K.317 and Bruckner’s “Te Deum” performed by soprano Eva Martinez, Sollek, tenor Paul D’Arcy, and Beutel.

Performance Date: April 20, 2024