Guillaume De Machaut’s Messe De Nostre Dame Continues
The Cathedral Of St. John The Divine’s
Great Music In A Great Space Concert Series
Kent Tritle conducts the Cathedral Choir
Tuesday, February 24
Chapel of St. James
The Cathedral of St. John the Divine
1047 Amsterdam Avenue (at 112th Street), Manhattan
The Cathedral of St. John the Divine continues the fourth season of the Great Music in a Great Space concert series with Guillaume de Machaut’s Messe de Nostre Dame, an a cappella choral work exploring the transition between the Middle Ages and the Renaissance on Tuesday, February 24 at 7:30 pm in the Chapel of St. James at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Avenue (at 112th Street), Manhattan. The evening will feature the Cathedral Choir under maestro Kent Tritle, Director of Cathedral Music.
Guillaume de Machaut’s (c. 1300–1377) Messe de Nostre Dame is the first known setting of the entire Mass Ordinary by a single composer. From the powerful, declamatory “Kyrie” to the tender “Agnus Dei,” this is perhaps the greatest masterpiece of medieval music.
This performance in the Chapel of St. James will also include Gregorian Chant Propers for the Feast of the Annunciation, and a selection of motets by Josquin des Prez (1450–1521), the towering musical figure of the early Renaissance.
Relaunched in 2011 under the leadership of Kent Tritle, Director of Cathedral Music, Great Music in a Great Space features significant choral masterworks presented in various acoustical locations within the world’s largest cathedral built in the gothic style. Great Music in a Great Space concerts feature the Cathedral Choirs and Orchestra, the Great Organ, and world-renowned soloists, and include the Cathedral’s signature Christmas Concert and New Year’s Eve Concert for Peace.
Tickets for Machaut Mass start at $25. For more information on this and future 2014/2015 series performances or to purchase tickets, please visit http://www.stjohndivine.org/programs/music/great-music.