The Stars Come Out To Shine In ET IN TERRA PAX: A CONCERT FOR HOPE
The 2018-2019 'Great Music at St. Bart's' concert series will present ET IN TERRA PAX: A CONCERT FOR HOPE on Sunday October 28 at 7pm. Led by noted American conductor Jason C. Tramm, the concert will feature the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Chamber Orchestra, the Seton Hall University Chorus and guest soloists Ashley Bell, soprano, Augusta Caso, mezzo-soprano, Victor Starsky, tenor and Jeremy Galyon, bass in works by Joseph Haydn, Ola Gjeilo, Arvo Pärt and John Tavener.
The evening's repertoire includes Haydn's "Missa in Angustiis" (Mass for Troubled Times). From the work's gripping and intense Kyrie, to the life affirming Dona Nobis Pacem, this work, written in 1798 during great instability and turbulence in Europe, transcends its time and offers hope to us in our own time.
Ola Gjeilo's composition "Song of the Universal" is a setting of verses from Whitman's great work. According to the composer, "I love the unabashed optimism, exuberance and his unwavering confidence in our deeper humanity." Arvo Pärt's "Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten" and John Tavener's "The Lamb" complete the evening of powerful music.
ET IN TERRA PAX: A CONCERT FOR HOPE continues the concert tradition represented by the 2015 and 2017 "A Prayer for Peace" concerts underscoring the universal power of music to influence change. which Tramm conducted at Carnegie Hall and at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.
ABOUT GREAT MUSIC AT ST. BART'S AND THE MID-MANHATTAN PERFORMING ARTS FOUNDATION
Great Music in a Great Place. St. Bart's has a long history of providing a range of musical expression and experience - secular and sacred, ancient to contemporary - in a stunningly beautiful space. Its Romanesque architecture and Byzantine ornamentation makes St. Bart's one of the city's rare architectural gems.
Since 2010, the Great Music at St. Bart's has been presented by the Mid-Manhattan Performing Arts Foundation, an independent 510(c) (3) corporation established to cultivate, promote, sponsor and develop an understanding and love of great music as presented at St. Bartholomew's Church. Currently, MMPAF - Great Music produces an average 9 concerts per season. The renewed mission is to broaden the scope of performing arts presented at St. Bart's, one of the city's Great Places.
Originally founded in 1972 to preserve the time honored tradition of offering major oratorios on Sunday afternoons, Great Music at St. Bart's expanded its range of concerts and repertoire in 1986 in response to a demand from the community for high-quality concerts in the magnificent setting of St. Bartholomew's Church. Great Music at St. Bart's has been under the direction of current Artistic Director William K. Trafka since 1995.