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.
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.
|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|
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.
|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.
|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.
|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