Great Music in a Great Space

The Great Music in a Great Space (GMGS) series presents choral, orchestral, and instrumental music in the magnificent, deeply spiritual setting of the world’s largest Gothic cathedral.

Next Concert

The Cathedral's annual Christmas concert, a beloved holiday tradition on December 14, this year features music by Ralph Vaughan Williams, George Frideric Handel, and Giovanni Gabrieli performed by the combined Cathedral Choirs and Orchestra, under the direction of Kent Tritle and Bryan Zaros, with Raymond Nagem as organ soloist. The whole audience is warmly invited to join in singing favorite Christmas carols, led by the choirs and orchestra!

Choral Concert Series

We’re excited to present our ninth season of Great Music in a Great Space! The season opens with a performance by Musica Sacra featuring works by Guillaume de Machaut and Josquin des Prez. Later in the season, the Cathedral Choir performs the U.S. premiere of Patrick Zimmerli’s Instrument of Destiny, an oratorio on poetry by Alan Seeger. We’re excited to welcome the Oratorio Society of New York to our series with a performance of works by Rachmaninoff and Duruflé, as well as world music group Rose of the Compass for a celebration of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Musica Sacra presents a sumptuous program of Germanic music, including J.S. Bach’s beloved motet, Komm, Jesu, Komm. Finally, the combined Cathedral Choir, Orchestra and soloists present Bach’s monumental St John Passion.

Event Dates Times Location
This Fragile Earth February 10 7:30 PM Great Choir Details
Bach, Brahms, Bruckner, and Rheinbe... March 18 7:30 PM Great Choir Details
Bach’s St. John Passion March 31 7:30 PM Great Choir Details

Holiday Concerts

The beloved holiday traditions of the Christmas Concert and New Year’s Eve Concert for Peace are an integral part of our concert series, featuring Cathedral Artists in Residence, guest performers, and friends old and new.

Event Dates Times Location
A Cathedral Christmas December 14 7 PM Great Choir Details
Concert for Peace December 31 7 PM Crossing Details

Great Organ Series

The Great Organ series features two virtuoso recitals from Artist in Residence David Briggs, who will give the world premiere of his Variations on “Take the A Train” in October. Director of Cathedral Music Kent Tritle, organist of the New York Philharmonic, will perform a concert of works by Bach, Bruhns, and Vierne, and Associate Music Director and Organist Raymond Nagem closes the season with a recital of organ music by women composers, including Clara Schumann, Florence Price, and Nadia Boulanger.

Event Dates Times Location
Great Organ: Kent Tritle January 28 7:30 PM Nave Details
Great Organ: David Briggs March 10 7:30 PM Nave Details
Great Organ: Raymond Nagem April 28 7:30 PM Nave Details

Sunday Recital Series

While the Great Organ is on hiatus, due to last April’s fire, we are pleased to present our organ recitals in the magnificent acoustic of the Cathedral by way of a fine digitally sampled instrument by Walker Technical Company. This cutting-edge sampling and audio system represents the sounds of a very highly acclaimed pipe organ by Aeolian Skinner, the company that built our own Great Organ. These recitals are free to the public.

Event Dates Times Location
Organ Recital: James Kealey February 9 4:45 PM Nave Details
Organ Recital: Ezequiel Menendez February 16 4:45 PM Nave Details
Organ Recital: David Briggs February 23 4:45 PM Nave Details
Organ Recital: Martin Schmeding March 1 4:45 PM Nave Details
Organ Recital: Wilma Jensen March 8 4:45 PM Nave Details
Organ Recital: Marijim Thoene March 15 4:45 PM Nave Details
Organ Recital: Raymond Nagem March 22 4:45 PM Details
Organ Recital: Paul Griffiths March 29 4:45 PM Nave Details
Organ Recital: Aaron Tan April 19 4:45 PM Nave Details
Organ Recital: Jillian Gardner April 26 4:45 PM Nave Details
Organ Recital: Jackson Borges May 3 4:45 PM Nave Details
Organ Recital: Janet Yieh May 10 4:45 PM Nave Details

GMGS in the News

November 5, 2019 - Goings on About Town, The New Yorker

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