The Cathedral Of St. John The Divine Announces Its Ninth Season Of ‘Great Music In A Great Space’

By Nicole Kuchta

New York City’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine has announced its ninth season of “Great Music in a Great Space.” Director of Cathedral Music and organist Kent Tritle will lead the chorus.

Musica Sacra will perform Guillaume de Machaut’s “Messe de Nostre Dame,” Josquin des Prez’ Motets, and Gregorian Chant during “Music for a Gothic Space.” A recital by the Newark Boys Chorus will precede the concert.

Performance Date: Oct. 1, 2019

Oratorio Society of New York will join the Cathedral for “Rachmaninoff and Duruflé,” performing excerpts from Rachmaninoff’s “All-Night Vigil” and Duruflé’s “Requiem.” Featured vocalists will include contralto Kirsten Sollek, tenor John Riesen, and baritone David Pike. They will be joined by organist David Briggs and cellist Arthur Fiacco.

Performance Date: Nov. 5, 2019

The Cathedral Choir and Orchestra will present the U.S. premiere of Patrick Zimmerli’s “Instrument of Destiny,” an oratorio celebrating the life of WWI soldier and poet Alan Seeger. Tenor Alex Richardson, pianist Thomas Enhco, and percussionist David Rozenblatt will be featured.

Performance Date: Nov. 20, 2019

Celebrate the holidays at St. John with “Fantasias and Carols: A Cathedral Christmas.” The program will include Ralph Vaughn Williams’ “Fantasia on Christmas Carols,” Handel’s Concerto in G Minor, Op. 4, No. 1, and Giovanni Gabrieli’s “Hodie Christus Natus est a 8” and “Angelus ad Pastores a 12.”

Performance Date: Dec. 14, 2019

The Cathedral Choir and Orchestra will ring in 2020 with “New Year’s Eve Concert for Peace.” Host Harry Smith will be joined by guests Judy Collins, Paul Winter, David Briggs, Jamet Pittman, and Jason Robert Brown.

Performance Date: Dec. 31, 2019

Rose of the Compass and the Cathedral Choir will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day with “This Fragile Earth

Performance Date: Feb. 10, 2020

Bach, Brahms, Bruckner, and Rheinberger” will feature Musica Sacra performing Bach’s “Komm, Jesu, Komm” BWV 229, Brahms’ “Schaffe in mir, Gott,” Bruckner’s “Os Justi,” and Rheinberger’s Mass in E-flat Major, Op. 109. A recital by the Newark Boys Chorus will precede the concert.

Performance Date: Mar. 18, 2020

The Cathedral Choir and Orchestra will present Bach’s “St. John Passion” during “St. John at St. John.” Featured performers will include Andrew Fuchs as Evangelist, Joseph Beutel as Jesus, soprano Amy Justman, contralto Kirsten Sollek, tenor Lawrence Jones, and baritone Peter Stewart.

Performance Date: Mar. 31, 2020

Additionally, the season will include “Great Organ: A Recital Series” and a “Sunday Organ Recital Series.”