By Afton Wooten
The Cathedral of St. John the Divine has announced its season for 2022-23. This is its 12th season of “Great Music in a Great Space” led by Kent Tritle.
For this article we will focus on vocal performances only. All performances begin at 7:30 pm.
The first choral concert of the season is “Music for a Gothic Space.” The program features music from 14th century England and France and contemporary works by living composers such as Janet Wheeler, Amy Summers, Olivia Sparkhall, and Sarah McDonald. Tritle conducts the Musica Sacra Chorus.
Performance Date: October 25, 2022
Next is “Light of Paradise” performed by the Cathedral Choirs and Ensemble 1047. Soloists include soprano Halley Gilbert, tenor Andrew Fuchs, and artist in residence David Briggs at the organ. Tritle and Bryan Zaros share the baton.
“Light of Paradise” features the world premiere of Briggs’ “Stabat Mater,” and performances of George Walker’s Lyric for Strings, and Morten Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna.
Performance Date: March 8, 2023
“The Joy of Christmas!” will feature soprano Halley Gilbert, contralto Kristen Sollek, tenor Austin Cody, bass-baritone Andrew Jurden, and the Cathedral Choirs and Orchestra. Tritle and Zaros conduct Vivaldi’s “Magnificat,” RV 610, “Finzi’s “In Terra Pax,” and various Christmas carols.
Performance Date: December 9 & 10, 2022
The “New Year’s Eve Concert for Peace” will ring in 2023 with Holst’s “St. Paul’s Suite”, Op. 29 No 2., David Lang’s “Make Peace,” the world premiere of Joseph Turrin’s “Lullaby for Vaska,” and Philip Herbert’s “Elegy: in memoriam.”
Tritle and Zaros lead soprano Janet Pittman, baritone Gregory Purnhagen, and the Cathedral Choirs and Orchestra. Harry Smith hosts.
Performance Date: December 31, 2022
Musica Sacra Chorus returns with “Multitude of Voyces.” This program features works by women composers such as Isabella Leonarda, Sister Sulpitia Cesis, Rani Arbo, and Undine Smith Moore, along with Bach’s “Jesu, meine Freude.”
Performance Date: April 18, 2023
The final choral concert for the season will be “Venice: City of Light.” Tritle and Nina Stern will conduct culturally diverse works from Venice, Armenia, Turkey, and Jewish communities.
Performance Date: May 16, 2023