Byrd’s exquisite Mass for 5 Voices frames this transcendent a cappella concert, which will sound especially otherworldly underneath the Gothic arches of St. John the Divine. The Mass is interspersed with vibrant works by Orlando Gibbons, Thomas Tallis, John Tavener, and Stephen Paulus, completing an evening of soothing and uplifting music. The night will also feature the world premiere of Migration by Pulitzer Prize finalist Michael Gilbertson. Written specifically for Musica Sacra, the piece features text by Kai Hoffman-Krull and is scored for chorus and cello. Arthur Fiacco joins Musica Sacra as the cello soloist.

There will be a 7PM recital by the Newark Boys Chorus to begin the evening of music, spotlighting the talents of young choral singers.

Orlando Gibbons
O Clap Your Hands

William Byrd
Kyrie and Gloria from Mass for 5 Voices

Thomas Tallis
Salvator Mundi

Michael Gilbertson
Migration (world premiere)
I. Migration
II. A Future Softening
III. Silhouettes


William Byrd
Sing Joyfully
Sanctus and Benedictus from Mass for 5 Voices

John Tavener
The Lamb

William Byrd
Agnus Dei from Mass for 5 Voices

Thomas Tallis
O Sacrum Convivium

William Byrd
Haec Dies

Stephen Paulus
Pilgrims’ Hymn

Individual tickets are available through Musica Sacra’s website. You may also purchase Musica Sacra tickets as part of the Great Music in a Great Space subscription series. You will save 20% on your Sacra tickets as well as the other exciting choral offerings we have in store for this season.

This event is presented in conjunction with The Value of Sanctuary: Building a House Without Walls.

About Musica Sacra
Since its founding in 1964 by conductor Richard Westenburg, the mission of Musica Sacra has been to create definitive, professional, choral performances of the highest caliber for the widest possible audience. It supports its mission by presenting concerts, recording, commissioning and performing new choral works, and educating audiences, students, and the general public in the appreciation and history of choral music.

The story of Musica Sacra, the longest continuously performing professional chorus in New York City, is the story of a dazzling past, a thriving present, and a vibrant future. It’s a tale of four decades of brilliance, every performance filled with new discoveries; profound statements made simply and elegantly. Whether a performance of the great choral masters of the past or the contemporary repertoire of today, Musica Sacra stands alone in its ability to positively change one’s perception of choral singing forever.