The Oratorio Society of New York Announces its 2023-24 Season & 150th Anniversary Celebrations

By Afton Wooten

The Oratorio Society of New York, led by Music Director Kent Tritle, has released its lineup for its 2023-24 season and special concerts for the 150th Anniversary celebrations.

The season kicks off with “Bach’s Magnificat and Mozart’s Requiem.” Joining the Orchestra of the Society as soloists are soprano Laquita Mitchell, mezzo-soprano Lucia Bradford, tenor Eric Carey, and bass Adam Lau. The concert begins at 7 pm at Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall.

Performance Date: November 6, 2023 

Soprano Kathryn Lewek, countertenor Daniel Moody, tenor Martin Bakari, and baritone John Brancy star in the society’s 149th rendition of “Handel’s Messiah.” The 7 pm concert is held at Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall.

Performance Date: December 18, 2023 

Next is the “Celebratory Concert” at St. Bartholomew’s Church (St. Bart’s) at 7 pm. The program features performances with organ reduction of the final movements of Mahler’s Second Symphony and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. Organist and arranger David Briggs is joined by soloists soprano Susanna Phillips, contralto Heather Petrie, tenor Joshua Blue, and baritone Tyler Duncan. Currently, there is an open call for scores; one selected work will be performed at this concert.

Performance Date: March 5, 2024

Handel’s “Samson” features soprano Nola Richardson, mezzo-soprano Mary Beth Nelson, tenor Lawrence Jones, baritone Sidney Outlaw, and bass-baritone Joseph Beutel. The Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall host the 7 pm oratorio performance.

Performance Date: May 6, 2024

The Society’s 2023-24 season additionally includes the 47th annual Lyndon Woodside Oratorio-Solo Competition taking place on April 13, 2024 in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. The annual oratorio-solo competition features eight young artists who perform for cash prizes.