Orchestra of St. Luke's to Perform Concert on New Miller-Scott Organ at Saint Thomas Church
Orchestra of St. Luke's joins the Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys for At a Solemn Musick, an October 18 program led by Daniel Hyde with soloists Benjamin Sheen, organ, Sara Cutler, harp and Hyesang Park, soprano in which two classics of the organ concerto repertoire,Poulenc's Concerto en Sol mineur and Barber's Toccata Festiva, will showcase Saint Thomas Church's new Irene D. and William R. Miller Chancel Organ in memory of John Scott.
The concert also celebrates the centenaries of two musical giants: Parry's iconic setting of Milton's sonnet Blest Pair of Sirens marks the centenary of the death of one of England's greatest composers, and Bernstein's Chichester Psalms celebrates the centenary of the birth of an American musical hero, one who did so much to nurture the musical landscape and musicians in the USA. Janá?ek's Ot?enáš, his non-devotional setting of the Our Father for four-part choir, tenor soloist, organ and harp, written for a fundraiser for a women's shelter in Brno in the Czech Republic, rounds out the evening.
Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys
Orchestra of St. Luke's
Benjamin Sheen, organ
Sara Cutler, harp
Hyesang Park, soprano
Daniel Hyde, conductor
C.H.H. PARRY Blest Pair of Sirens
LEOS JANA?EK Ot?enáš
Francis Poulenc Concerto en Sol mineur
Leonard Bernstein Chichester Psalms
Samuel Barber Toccata Festiva
About Orchestra of St. Luke's and St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble
Orchestra of St. Luke's (OSL) began in 1974 as a group of virtuoso musicians performing chamber music concerts at Greenwich Village's Church of St. Luke in the Fields. Now in its 44th season, the Orchestra performs diverse musical genres at New York's major concert venues and has collaborated with artists ranging from Renée Fleming and Joshua Bell to Bono and Metallica. In fall 2018, celebrated expert in 18th- century music Bernard Labadie will begin his tenure as the Orchestra's fifth Principal Conductor. OSL's signature programming includes a subscription series presented by Carnegie Hall, now in its 32nd season; an annual multi-week collaboration with Paul Taylor American Modern Dance at Lincoln Center; an annual summer residency at Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts; and a chamber music festival featuring appearances at The Morgan Library & Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, and Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Music Center. The Orchestra has participated in 118 recordings, four of which have won Grammy Awards, has commissioned more than 50 new works, and has given more than 175 world, U.S., and New York City premieres. Nearly half of OSL's performances each year are presented free of charge through its education and community programs, reaching over 10,000 New York City public school students. Additionally, OSL provides free instrumental coaching and presents student performances through its Youth Orchestra of St. Luke's and its Mentorship Program for Pre-Professional Musicians. OSL built and operates The DiMenna Center for Classical Music in Hell's Kitchen, New York City's only rehearsal, recording, education, and performance space expressly dedicated to classical music. The Center serves more than 500 ensembles and more than 30,000 musicians each year.
In 2019, Orchestra of St. Luke's launches two major initiatives: the inaugural OSL Bach Festival in New York City and the opening of the DeGaetano Composition Institute. The three-week Bach Festival at Carnegie Hall, Manhattan School of Music's Neidorff-Karpati Hall, and at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music will feature 15 performances, including orchestral concerts conducted by Bernard Labadie, keyboard recitals, and Paul Taylor Dance Company performing its complete set of works choreographed to Bach scores.
For more information, visit OSLmusic.org