Summer Festival of Sacred Music to Feature Choral Works of Contemporary Composer Jonathan Dove, 7/27

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Summer Festival of Sacred Music to Feature Choral Works of Contemporary Composer Jonathan Dove, 7/27

The 20th annual Summer Festival continues on Sunday, July 27 at 11 am with a service of sacred choral works of Jonathan Dove. The service will feature Dove's anthem Seek him that maketh the seven stars and Orion and his Missa Brevis. Jason Roberts will conduct St. Bartholomew's Choir. Paolo Bordignon will be the organist.

The contemporary composer, Jonathan Dove has developed a distinctive reputation as an operatic composer with commissions from Glyndebourne and other British opera companies. He is also well known as a choral composer with important works premiered by King's College Choir in Cambridge and Wells Cathedral Choir. Both Seek him that maketh the seven stars and Orion and his Missa Brevis are filled with signature elements of Dove's appealing style: sparkling ostinato patterns, fresh asymmetrical meters, harmonic interest achieved through key shifts rather than traditional key changes, and a sense of rhythmic momentum that is both exciting and beguiling.

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The Summer Festival of Sacred Music takes place each Sunday morning at 11 am at St. Bartholomew's Church during the summer months. At a time when most churches reduce their musical offerings, St. Bartholomew's Church provides outstanding sacred music sung by St. Bartholomew's Choir and Boy and Girl Choristers, two of New York City's most renowned choirs. Works include an array of mass settings from the 15th century to the present embracing a diversity of cultures from around the world. The music is sung as part of the Eucharist or Mass, the liturgical context for which it was composed. All Summer Festival events are free and open to the public.

The Summer Festival of Sacred Music takes place at St. Bartholomew's Church at the corner of Park Avenue and 51st Street. Subway: 6 to 51st Street. For more information, call (212) 378-0222 or visit our website for the complete schedule.

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