Arvo PäRt’s Te Deum Opens
The Cathedral Of St. John The Divine’s
Great Music In A Great Space Concert Series
Alongside Works Of Bloch, Handl, Mendelssohn, And Tavener
Wednesday, October 15 at 7:30 pm
Kent Tritle conducts the Cathedral Choir and Orchestra, and Eileen Moon, cello
New York (September 23, 2014) – The Cathedral of St. John the Divine opens the fourth season of Great Music in a Great Space on Wednesday, October 15 at 7:30 pm with Arvo Pärt’s Te Deum, an evocative choral work scored for three choirs, prepared piano, string orchestra, and wind harp. The evening will feature the Cathedral Choir under maestro Kent Tritle, Director of Cathedral Music.
Pärt’s setting of the great Te Deum text evokes the mystery of the Divine, combining the influences of medieval music and chant to transcendent effect. The work is presented alongside Felix Mendelssohn’s jubilant Heilig, John Tavener’s hypnotic Svyati for choir and cello, Jacob Handl’s Duo Seraphim, and “Kedusha” from Ernst Bloch’s Sacred Service. All these musical settings feature the familiar, yet mystical exclamation: Sanctus! Sanctus! Sanctus! New York Philharmonic Associate Principal cellist Eileen Moon will perform the haunting cello solo in the Tavener.
Tickets for Te Deum start at $25. To purchase tickets or for information on future concerts please visit http://www.stjohndivine.org/programs/music/great-music.
About Great Music in a Great Space
Revived in 2011, Great Music in a Great Space reprises the legendary concert series first held at the Cathedral in the 1980s. The 2014/2015 season includes choral/orchestral concerts, organ recitals and the Cathedral’s signature holiday concerts with repertoire spanning from a cappella choral works to Verdi’s Requiem and more. In addition to the acclaimed Cathedral Choir and Cathedral Orchestra, concerts will feature soloists including Metropolitan Opera soprano Lori Guilbeau and world-music specialist Nina Stern with instrumental ensemble Rose of the Compass.
About Kent Tritle
Kent Tritle is one of America’s leading choral conductors. Called “the brightest star in New York’s choral music world” by the New York Times, Tritle is in his fourth season as Director of Cathedral Music and organist at New York’s Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine. He is also Music Director of the Oratorio Society of New York and of Musica Sacra. He is Director of Choral Activities at the Manhattan School of Music and on the graduate faculty of The Juilliard School. He is organist of the New York Philharmonic and the American Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. Tritle holds graduate and undergraduate degrees from The Juilliard School in organ performance and choral conducting. He has been featured on ABC World News Tonight, National Public Radio, and Minnesota Public Radio, as well as in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.
About The Cathedral
The Cathedral of St. John the Divine is the Cathedral of the Episcopal Diocese of New York. It is chartered as a house of prayer for all people and a unifying center of intellectual light and leadership. People from many faiths and communities worship together in services held more than 30 times a week; the soup kitchen serves roughly 25,000 meals annually; social service outreach has an increasingly varied roster of programs; the distinguished Cathedral School prepares young students to be future leaders; Adults and Children in Trust, the renowned preschool, afterschool and summer program, offers diverse educational and nurturing experiences; the outstanding Textile Conservation Lab preserves world treasures; concerts, exhibitions, performances and civic gatherings allow conversation, celebration, reflection and remembrance—such is the joyfully busy life of this beloved and venerated Cathedral.