Concerts (2014 Archived)


2014-2015 Musica Sacra Season

Musica Sacra with the Orchestra of St. Luke's at Carnegie Hall
Thursday, November 6, 2014
8:00 PM
Carnegie Hall, Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage

57th Street at 7th Avenue

Musica Sacra opens its New York concert season with a performance of Mendelssohn's Die erste Walpurgisnacht, Op. 60, with the Orchestra of St. Luke's, conducted by Music Director Pablo Heras-Casado, at Carnegie Hall. Featuring vocalists Elizabeth De Shong, mezzo-soprano; Joseph Kaiser, tenor; and Luca Pisaroni, bass-baritone, the program also includes Purcell’s Suite from A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Tchaikovsky’s The Tempest, Op. 18; and Dallapiccola’s Piccola musica notturna.

Handel's Messiah at SUNY Purchase
Saturday, December 20, 2014
2:00 PM
The Performing Arts Center, Purchase College

735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, NY 10577

For the first time, Westchester audiences will be able to enjoy Musica Sacra’s performance of Messiah at The Performing Arts Center at Purchase College. For information on this year's soloists, please see below. For general information about the performance, please visit The Performing Arts Center Website.

Handel's Messiah at Carnegie Hall 
Tuesday, December 23, 2014
7:30 PM
Carnegie Hall, Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage

57th Street at 7th Avenue

Musica Sacra continues its annual performance of George Frideric Handel’s most beloved work. Co
nducted by Musica Sacra’s acclaimed Music Director, Kent Tritle.

"I'm very excited about working with these award-winning singers for our performance of Messiah. The beauty of their voices in this repertoire will surely match the glorious singing of the chorus. These will be elegant and moving performances!" –Kent Tritle

Lianne Coble SopranoOur soprano soloist will be Lianne Coble whose voice has been described by The New York Times as possessing “melting, devotional sweetness.” Miss Coble has previously performed as soloist for Messiah with the Dallas Bach Society. Additional concert engagements include appearances with the Buffalo Philharmonic, Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra, Syracuse Symphony, West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, and the Witchita Symphony Orchestra, among other ensembles. Musica Sacra audiences may remember her as a soloist in the Bach St. Matthew Passion at Carnegie Hall in March 2013.

Silvie Jensen Alto SoloistMezzo-soprano Silvie Jensen will return to Musica Sacra as the alto soloist. Miss Jensen maintains a robust opera career performing throughout Europe and America, including engagements at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. She also performed as a soloist in the St. Matthew Passion with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Carnegie Hall, having previously performed in Sir Jonathan Miller’s staged version of the oratorio at BAM. We’re sure that you will agree with The New York Times that her performances are “elegant” and “beautiful.”

Lawrence JonesIn addition to serving as a Musica Sacra Messiah soloist, Tenor Lawrence Jones will be heard (along with Silvie Jensen) on the new Robert Paterson recording with Musica Sacra (see article below). His concert appearances throughout the United States are numerous and include the Albany Symphony, Boston Baroque, Boston Pops, Charlotte Symphony, Rhode Island Philharmonic, and the Utah Symphony, among others. The tenor's opera appearances at the Glimmerglass and Aldeburgh Festivals have garnered praise from Opera News for his “clean, ringing tenor.”

John Brancy BaritonePraised by The New York Times for his "vibrant, resonate presence," baritone John Brancy makes his Musica Sacra debut with these performances of Handel’s Messiah. He is a 2013 George London Foundation Encouragement Award winner, and winner of the 2013 Marilyn Horne Song Competition. A recent graduate of The Juilliard School, Mr. Brancy made his Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall debuts as the baritone soloist in the Fauré Requiem, the Mozart Mass in C major, K. 317, “Coronation Mass,” and Schubert's Mass No. 2 in G Major, D. 167. We look forward to watching his burgeoning international opera career develop after early successes at the Dresden Semperoper, Le Théâtre du Châtelet and the Glyndebourne Festival Opera Tour.

Photo Credits: Coble by Laura Brazak, Jensen by Joshua South, Jones by Claire McAdams, Brancy by Kristin Hoebermann


Contemporary Composers

Wed., March 4, 2015 - 7:30 PM
Cathedral of St. John the Divine
112th Street and Amsterdam Avenue  


Kent Tritle, conductor
Michael Sheetz, conductor*
Arthur Fiacco, Jr., cello
Raymond Nagem, organ
Walter Hilse, organ


JURAJ FILAS    Wisdom of the Wise Old Man – World premiere
ROBERT PATERSON   Lux Aeterna – World premiere
JUDITH ZAIMONT   Parable, A Tale of Abram and Isaac*


Continuing its commitment to expanding the choral repertoire, Musica Sacra dedicates its final concert of the season to world premières, including The Wisdom of the Wise Old Man by Juraj Filas and Lux Aeterna by Robert Paterson. The performance is made possible with generous support from The Sorel Organization and Joanne Spellun.

The Sorel Foundation

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