The Cathedral Of St. John The Divine Presents
Ornament Of The World
A Concert Celebrating The Diverse Musical Traditions Of The
Performance Is Part Of The Cathedral’s Ongoing Great Music In A Great Space Series
Wednesday, February 19th
7:00- 8:45 pm & 9:00- 10:45 pm
The Cathedral of St. John the Divine
The Chapel of St. James
1047 Amsterdam Avenue (at 112th Street)
The Cathedral of St. John the Divine continues its 2013/14 Great Music in a Great Space series with Ornament of the World, a concert featuring the Cathedral Choir and world music ensemble Rose of the Compass. This musical exploration of multicultural Spain, focusing on the mingling of cultures before the expulsion of the Jews in 1492 and the Moors in 1614, will take place in the Chapel of Saint James, dedicated to Spain’s patron saint, on Wednesday, February 19th , at 7:00 p.m. and again at 9:00 p.m. at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Avenue (at 112th Street), Manhattan.
Under the leadership of Kent Tritle, Director of Cathedral Music and one of America’s leading choral conductors, the Cathedral Choir and world music ensemble Rose of the Compass celebrate the richly varied musical traditions stemming from and inspired by the Spanish Golden Age. The concert begins with calls of a Muezzin summoning faithful Muslims to prayer, a tradition that began during the lifetime of the prophet Mohammed. The Muezzin chant combines with Spanish cantigas, pilgrim melodies from 13th and 14th century Christian traditions, and Sephardic folk songs. These intertwining styles and religious traditions paint a picture of the flowering of Spanish cultural and intellectual activity during the middle and late medieval period. The latter half of the concert will feature instrumental and vocal works by some of the greatest Spanish masters, including Tomás Luis de Victoria, often called “the Palestrina of Spain,” Diego Ortiz, and Antonio de Cabezón.
Great Music in a Great Space is a series of public concerts inspired by world musical traditions and the Cathedral’s 100-year history of diverse and exhilarating musical events. Launched in 2012, Great Music in a Great Space resumes and re-imagines the legendary Cathedral concert and recital series from the 1980s, which showcased the most exciting composers and performers in the world of choral and orchestral music, consistently drawing capacity crowds. The concerts introduce a broad array of cultural idioms and explore choral, organ and orchestral music from around the world as well as from the Anglican tradition.