Great Music at St. Bart's


Great Music at St. Bart's

The 2017-18 Great Music at St. Bart’s season offers a survey of centuries of great music from the world over, from traditional carols and Baroque fare to the spirited new creations of today’s most inventive composers. In addition to featuring a stunning array of world-class performers, the series showcases two of New York’s most inspiring concert venues: St. Bart’s intimate and acoustically brilliant 150-seat chapel; and the majestic 1000-seat sanctuary, an architectural marvel whose Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ is the largest in New York City.   

Great Music is produced by the Mid-Manhattan Performing Arts Foundation, an independent 501(c)(3) corporation established to cultivate, promote, sponsor and develop the understanding and love of the performing arts as presented at St. Bartholomew's Church, a treasured masterpiece of architecture on the east side of Manhattan's midtown, now elegantly outfitted with comfortable cathedral chairs enabling the utmost variety in flexible seating. The corporation sponsors performances of music, dance, drama and other performing arts as well as the exhibition of works in the film and fine arts genres. Welcome to St. Bart's and our 2017-2018 season of great music! Please let us know if you have photos or recordings that we could share: .

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Coming up 

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 7:30 pm

St. Bartholomew’s Choir, Boy and Girl Choristers, New York City’s largest pipe organ and a chamber orchestra join forces for this concert of Christmas favorites. Works include the Christmas portion of Handel’s Messiah, Vaughan Williams’ radiant Fantasia on Christmas Carols and carol settings of Ešenvalds, Chilcott, Willcocks and others. Experi­ence the joy and warmth of the holidays with great choral works, sacred and secular, and the chance to sing the beloved carols of the season with organ and orchestra in the candlelit splendor of St. Bartholomew’s Church. 

St. Bartholomew’s Choir, Boy and Girl Choristers, Chamber Orchestra; Jason Roberts, organist and conductor; William K. Trafka, conductor

Angel Club seating: $100
includes a tax-deductible contribution of $60  to Great Music at St. Bart’s

Preferred seating: $40
Preferred seating for students and seniors: $30

General seating: $25
General seating for students and seniors: $15

Purchase advance tickets here or by calling 212.378.0248.

Friday, December 15, 2017 at 7:30 pm in the Chapel

Jeff Morrissey, Baritone, and William Trafka, Pianist, return to St. Bartholomew’s intimate Chapel this season with their popular Christmas program inspired by the elegant paintings found in the South Chapel of St. Bartholomew’s.

In 1919 Ethel Parsons Paullin and her husband Telford created the beautiful Adoration of the Magi and the 13 medallions surrounding it depicting subjects connected with the Nativity of Christ.

Morrissey, whose voice The New York Times calls “a ringing baritone and first rate,” will highlight the artwork weaving passages from the Bible with Polish carols, spirituals and ballads from his own Southern Appalachian Mountains to present a visual and musical telling of the Christmas story.

Jeff Morrissey, baritone; William K. Trafka, piano

$25 general admission
$15 students/seniors

Purchase advance tickets here or by calling 212.378.0248.

Sunday, December 31, 2017 at 11 pm

Hear St. Bartholomew’s grand Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ with its newly restored Celestial division in the dome, one of New York’s greatest musical treasures.

William K. Trafka, St. Bartholomew’s Director of Music and Organist, will play festive works for this New Year’s celebration.

The program will include organ works of Bach, Guilmant, and Mendelssohn. Trafka’s own transcription of Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man will be played at the stroke of midnight.

William K. Trafka, organ

Free Event

A free champagne reception will follow the concert.

See the entire 2017-2018 concert and event season


The Mid-Manhattan Performing Arts Foundation (MMPAF) is a non-profit organization and can only continue to produce great music and other arts ventures with your help. Concerts are primarily funded through the generous contributions of individuals like you. Additional limited support comes from corporations, foundations and ticket sales.

Great Friends of Music Guild

We invite you to become a member of the Great Friends of Music Guild, which plays a critical role in sustaining Great Music at St. Bart's. These concerts are funded through ticket sales, by your generous contributions, and by corporations and foundations through the Mid-Manhattan Performing Arts Foundation, Inc.

Annual Fund/Individual Giving

Supporter – $60
Friend – $100
Donor – $250
Patron – $500
Benefactor – $1,000
Sponsor – $1,500
Guarantor – $2,500

All donations are tax-deductible. All members of the Great Friends of Music Guild are listed in concert programs and are invited to special events throughout the year.

Be an Angel...

Look for special events with “Angel Club” seating. This ticket price category underwrites a portion of the cost of Great Music concerts and keeps ticket prices low. So, be an angel and help bring great music to all.

The Cornell Family Foundation Endowment

Through the generosity of the Cornell Family Foundation, we have successfully begun an endowment fund for Great Music at St. Bart’s. Please consider a gift to this fund to help us continue the heritage of Great Music, so that future generations of music lovers will also hear the finest music and programming in the splendor of St. Bartholomew’s Church.


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Mail your contribution to:

Mid-Manhattan Performing Arts Foundation

MMPAF at St. Bart's

325 Park Avenue

New York, NY 10022


Call the Box Office 212-378-0248


The Mid-Manhattan Performing Arts Foundation is a non-profit organization. Your charitable donation to MMPAF is tax deductible to the fullest extent allowable by law.