The Cathedral of St. John the Divine continues its 2017–2018 season of Great Music in a Great Space on Tuesday, March 6 at 7:30 pm with Musica Sacra: Light of Light – Music of Lassus and Lauridsen, with Gregorian Chant, conducted by Kent Tritle, Director of Cathedral Music at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Avenue (at 112th Street), Manhattan.
This musical tour through the Renaissance extends back to the earliest roots of polyphony, with performances of the great Flemish composer Orlando di Lassus’s Missa super Osculetur me and Surgens Jesus and Josquin Des Prez’s extraordinary Ave Maria. The program also includes the vibrant American voices of Morten Lauridsen and Kevin Oldham, adding a contemporary element to the evening’s performance.
Since its founding in 1964 by conductor Richard Westenburg, the mission of Musica Sacra has been to create definitive, professional, choral performances of the highest caliber for the widest possible audience. Musica Sacra is the longest continuously performing professional chorus in New York City and stands alone in its ability to positively change one’s perception of choral singing forever.
A pre-concert recital by the Concert Chorus of the Newark Boys Chorus School will begin at 7 pm.
Tickets start at $25. To purchase tickets and for more information on future concerts, please visit: http://www.stjohndivine.org/visit/calendar/events/music/17899/musica-sacra-light-of-light-music-of-lassus-and-lauridsen-with-gregorian-chant.
Orlando di Lassus
Missa super Osculetur me
Josquin Des Prez
O nata lux
My Lord, thou art in every breath I take