The Cathedral of St. John the Divine continues its 2017–2018 season of Great Music in a Great Space on Monday, April 9 at 7:30 pm with Immigrants – A Celebration of What Makes New York Great, conducted by Kent Tritle, Director of Cathedral Music at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Avenue (at 112th Street), Manhattan.
This performance reunites the Cathedral Choir with acclaimed world music ensemble Rose of the Compass, led by recorder virtuoso Nina Stern. Inspired by the Cathedral’s historic Chapels of the Tongues, which honored immigrants to New York City at the turn of the 20th century, the concert presents music from many of these diverse cultures and reaffirms the Cathedral’s mission as a house of prayer for all people. Composers will include Vincent Persichetti, whose parents came from Italy and Germany; F. Melius Christiansen, the great founder of the St. Olaf Choir; Rebecca Clarke and Tarik O’Regan, who both emigrated from the British Isles; Jean Berger from Germany; and Igor Stravinsky from Russia.
The concert will culminate with a world premiere of Robert Sirota’s Immigrant Songs, on a libretto by the Reverend Canon Victoria Sirota, celebrating New York’s identity as a melting pot of humanity.
A pre-concert tour of the Cathedral’s seven groundbreaking Chapels of the Tongues introduces this program, celebrating the immigrant communities that have made New York City one of the greatest cities in the world.
Tickets start at $25. To purchase tickets and for more information on future concerts, please visit: https://www.stjohndivine.org/visit/calendar/events/music/17901/great-choir-immigrants-a-celebration-of-what-makes-new-york-great. Spaces on the chapel tour may be reserved by emailing Stephen Biegner at firstname.lastname@example.org.