Great Music at St. Bart’s
Presented by the Mid-Manhattan Performing Arts Foundation
Great Music at St. Bart’s, the concert series produced by the Mid-Manhattan Performing Arts Foundation (MMPAF) which for the past five years has presented music in the magnificent St. Bartholomew’s Church in midtown Manhattan, is expanding its offerings and focusing its programmatic range in the 2015-16 season.
The season’s 10 main events include a program of Italian/South American Baroque composer Domenico Zipoli and Bach cantatas; a midnight concert of John Zorn performing his famous The Hermetic Organ on the celebrated St. Bart’s organ, the largest in New York (presented in tandem with National Sawdust’s John Zorn Festival); the New York debut of the chamber “supergroup” Third Sound featuring new American and Cuban music; and a program mixing music by the young composer Andy Akiho with Baroque masterpieces performed by the early music group The Sebastians. These concerts join such returning series events as the beloved annual Joyous Christmas Concert and Concert for the New Year and silent film screenings with live organ improvisation.
To grow and define the concert series, MMPAF’s Artistic Director William Trafka aimed both to embrace a wider range of music and to showcase the church’s concert spaces, two of the most outstanding in New York: the 150-seat chapel, an intimate and acoustically brilliant space that is perfectly suited for contemporary chamber music, and the majestic 1,000-seat sanctuary, an architectural marvel – outfitted with comfortable chairs enabling flexible seating – whose Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ is the largest in New York City.
”The Board of MMPAF is fortunate to have welcomed Patrick Castillo as a member,” said William Trafka. “As the former program director of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and an exceptional composer, he brings valuable expertise in programming and knowledge of the most currents trends in contemporary music. St. Bart’s will now be one of the few sacred spaces in New York hosting performances of new music, elevating these compelling works to a new level by embracing them in spaces of architectural distinction and beauty.”
- Great Music at St. Bart’s Holiday Concerts 2017 – Press release
- Great Music at St. Bart’s Announces Its 2017-18 Season – Press release
- Great Music at St. Bart’s Presents ECCO Performing Theofanidis NY Premiere, Dalton Chorale’s Carmina Burana – Press release
- Great Music at St. Bart’s Presents Two Versions of the Passion According to St. John the Weeks Before Easter – Press release
- Great Music at St. Bart’s Presents Apple Hill String Quartet Playing Harbison World Premiere, March 5, 2017 – Press release
- Great Music at St. Bart’s Presents Two Events Featuring the Famed St. Bart’s Pipe Organ: John Zorn, Feb. 1 & Jason Roberts, Feb. 17 – Press release
- Great Music at St. Bart’s Holiday Events 2017 – Press release
- Great Music at St. Bart’s Presents Third Sound in the St. Bart’s Chapel, October 21, 2016 – Press release
- Great Music at St. Bart’s 2016-17 Season Is Announced – Press release
- Great Music at St. Bart’s Presents Andy Akiho and The Sebastians, April 25, 2016 – Press release
- Great Music at St. Bart’s Presents the Apple Hill String Quartet, March 13, 2016 – Press release
- Great Music at St. Bart’s Presents the U.S. Debut of Third Sound in a Program of New American & Cuban Music, and the Concordia Choir in January/February 2016 – Press release
- Great Music at St. Bart’s Holiday Events 2015 Include “A Joyous Christmas,” “Adoration of the Magi,” A Concert for the New Year” – Press release
- Great Music at St. Bart’s Fall 2015 Events Include “The Argentinian-Italian Bach,” John Zorn Performing The Hermetic Organ, and Jason Roberts Accompanying “The Wind” – Press release
- GREAT MUSIC AT ST. BART’S LAUNCHES ITS 2015-16 SEASON WITH AN EXPANDED CONCERT SERIES: 10 MAIN EVENTS FROM SOUTH AMERICAN BAROQUE TO CONTEMPORARY CUBAN, FROM BACH TO ANDY AKIHO, AND JOHN ZORN’S THE HERMETIC ORGAN, SHOWCASE TWO OUTSTANDING CONCERT SPACES – Press release
|John Zorn||St. Bartholomew’s Church Christmas exterior|
|St. Bartholomew’s Church, New York City||Christmas concert at St. Bart’s|
Third Sound, photo by Tristan Cook