2011 - 2012 CHORAL CONCERTS
We invite you to join us for five concerts of the greatest choral music, performed by one of the preeminent choruses in the world. Come hear what the critics have called “sheer musical excellence,” “a transcendent performance,” “the finest in American choral music.”
This season all our concerts are in the gorgeously-restored Church of the Ascension, our beloved home base for all these twenty-two seasons. Ascension’s acoustics have always been exceptional. And now, with the redecoration and sumptuous new organ cases, the church is visually one of the most stunning spaces in New York.
We begin the choral series with our immensely popular Candlelight Christmas Concert — four centuries of Christmas music, all amidst the glow of hundreds of candles. February brings us magnificent works by Duruflé and Poulenc, each accompanied by the remarkable timbres of the Pascal Quoirin organ. In March we present one of the most beloved pieces ever written, Bach’s St. Matthew Passion. Truly a special occasion! In April, one of the most profoundly beautiful masses of Haydn (the Theresienmesse) joins other “Spiritual Voices” from our own time — the old meets the new! And, finally, in May, our annual Renaissance concert will focus this year on the strongest lineage of Renaissance choral music — the Netherlands School.
We encourage you to subscribe to the whole series: you get a discount from individual tickets, and, most importantly, you are assured the best seats year after year.
We look forward to sharing these transcendent experiences with you!
2011 - 2012 Organ Recitals
The inauguration of this magnificent instrument last spring generated extraordinary excitement throughout the organ world. The Manton Memorial Organ is by general consensus one of the most important organs of our time. And the amazing range of the instrument is evident to all: from the poetic, haunting flute and string stops to the thunderous tones of the bombardes and trompettes-en-chamade. This season we continue our celebration of this amazing instrument with recitals by some of the world’s greatest organists.
“Cascades of sound, virtuosity and power were majestically conveyed and enhanced by the kaleidoscopic timbres of the instrument [The Manton Memorial Organ by Pascal Quoirin].”
- The New York Times