The year 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther's Ninety-five Theses. While Luther was not alone in efforts to reform the church, among his contemporaries he possessed an exceptionally high view of music and art. These programs explore the 16th century European context and the traditions that developed there, as well as the vibrant and ongoing traditions of music and the arts in the Americas down to today.
MUSIK EKKLESIA: THE VANISHING NORDIC CHORALE: October 27 at 7:30 PMMusik Ekklesia, an Indiana-based period instrument and vocal ensemble led by Philip Spray, presents Nordic language settings of chorales by Pachelbel, Bach, Mendelssohn, and others in a program representing more than 400 years of composition and cultural adaptation. Spray also provides several inventive and historically-informed works derived from extant chorale books, and arranged for voices and various consorts of instruments.
PETER KRASINSKI: SILENT FILM ORGAN CONCERT: October 27 at 10:00 PM
Boston-based organist Peter Krasinski is a specialist in live improvised silent film accompaniment. Experience this art form with Karl WĂĽstenhagen's 1923 masterpiece, Martin Luther.
WALTER HILSE: ORGAN RECITAL: October 28 at 3:00 PMWalter Hilse's celebrated annual Bach recitals at Saint Peter's are a staple of New York City classical music programming. This year includes works by J.S. Bach, Dieterich Buxtehude, Max Reger, and Hugo Distler.
500+ YEARS OF SINGING: October 28, 2017 at 5:00 PMExplore the diversity of congregational singing from European traditions, the jazz idiom, and Latin American contemporary and folk songs. This participative lecture-demonstration is led by BĂˇlint Karosi, Cantor of Saint Peter's; Ike Strum, Director of Music for Jazz; and Guillermo Vaisman, Cantor of Sion Iglesia Luterana.
GALA CONCERT: October 28 at 7:30 PM
Highlights of this gala concert include: Bach Cantata 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben;" a new commission by composer William Cooper with Dance at Saint Peter's; jazz performance led by singer Chanda Rule; and a new work composed by Emilio Teubal for Saint Peter's Choir, period orchestra, and traditional Latin American instruments. This piece is intended as a symbol of unity, reflecting Saint Peter's multicultural community.
LUTHER'S GERMAN MASS: October 29 at 11:00 AMLutherâ€™s â€śGerman Massâ€ť inspired the great composers of the 17th and 18th centuries, many featured in this liturgy: Michael Praetorius, Heinrich SchĂĽtz, Johann Hermann Schein, Johann Walter and J.S. Bach. Works are presented by soloists, small ensembles, and the assembly itself singing chorales in English.
IKE STURM'S JAZZ MASS FOR CHOIR AND STRING ORCHESTRA: October 29 at 5:00 PMJazz contributes to the ongoing renewal of the church and Saint Peter's is one of the original
sites of that innovation. Ike Sturm's 2007 Jazz Mass was written at Saint Peter's and has been performed throughout the world. This presentation features a guest choir from the University of Notre Dame and soloists from Sturm's band Evergreen under the direction of J.J. Wright.
METROPOLITAN NY SYNOD REFORMATION 500 MASS AT THE CATHEDRAL OF SAINT JOHN THE DIVINE: November 1 at 6:00 PM
Mark this moment in history in the largest gothic cathedral in the Western Hemisphere. Music begins at 5:45 PM. Highlights include the United Nations Choir under the direction of Guillermo Vaisman, works for mass choir including a new commission by Alex Woolf with a newly-conceived rendering of Psalm 46 by Andrew Nurkin, jazz, and more. A reception follows. Advance registration for this historic event required at www.mnys.org/november1