Great Music at St. Bart's


Great Music at St. Bart's


Great Music at St. Bart’s presents two vastly different musical interpretations of the Passion according to St. John this Lenten season: Bach’s St. John Passion performed by The Choir of New College, Oxford, and The English Concert Players directed by Robert Quinney on Tuesday, March 28, and Arvo Pärt’s Passio performed by St. Bartholomew’s Choir led by St. Bart’s Music Director William Trafka on Tuesday, April 4.

Concert: J.S. Bach’s “St. John Passion”
Tuesday. March 28, at 7:30 pm
Pre-concert talk on Bach’s “St. John” Passion and Pärt’s “Passio” given by Michael Marissen, the Daniel Underhill Professor Emeritus of Music, Swarthmore College at 6:45 pm in the chapel.

The Choir of New College, Oxford, comes to the United States for the first time since the appointment of its new director, Robert Quinney. With renowned period-instrument ensemble, The English Concert Players, New College Choir performs J. S. Bach’s timeless setting of the Passion according to St. John. Purchase advance tickets here or by calling 212.378.0248. 

Concert Arvo Pärt: Passio
Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 7:30 pm
The music of extraordinary Estonian composer, Arvo Pärt, has been described as mystical, hypnotic and transcendent.  His Passio (1982), a setting of St. John’s Passion in Latin, was inspired by the austerity of medieval monophonic settings of the Passion. 

St. Bartholomew’s Choir; Jeff Morrissey (Jesus), baritone; Ryland Angel (Pilate) tenor; Jason Roberts, organ; Instrumental Ensemble; William K. Trafka, conductor. Purchase advance tickets here or by calling 212.378.0248. 

View the Great Music 2016-17 Concert Listings

The 2016-17 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 (MMPAF), 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 genre. Welcome to St. Bart’s and our 2016-2017 season of great music! 

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.

Supporter $50
Friend $100
Donor $250
Patron $500
Benefactor $1,000
Sponsor $1,500
Guarantor $2,500

Mail your payment (made out to the Mid-Manhattan Performing Arts Foundation) to: The Box Office St. Bartholomew’s Church, 325 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10022. You may also call the Box Office at 212-378-0248 or go online to to begin your membership.

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

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