Liturgical Music at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine
The services at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine are open to all:
Choral Eucharist with the Cathedral Choir – Sundays at 11 AM
The professional Cathedral Choir sings for this service 52 weeks a year, and throughout the school year the Choir is joined frequently by the Cathedral Choristers (grades 4-8) and volunteer Cathedral Chorale.
Evensong – Sundays at 4 PM
The traditional Anglican service of Evensong is offered every Sunday at 4 PM through Trinity Sunday on June 7.
- Click here for the Liturgical Music Schedule through June 2020
- Click here for more info on music at the Cathedral
The Cathedral of St. John the Divine is located at:
1047 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025
Photo: Isadora Wilkenfeld
Tuesday, October 20, 2020, 7:30 PM
Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York, NY
Kent Tritle, conductor
J. S. BACH Komm, Jesu, Komm, BWV 229
JOHANNES BRAHMS Schaffe in mir, Gott
ANTON BRUCKNER Os Justi
JOSEF GABRIEL RHEINBERGER Mass in E‐Flat Major, Op. 109
7 PM―Pre-concert recital by the Newark Boys Chorus School
4 days ago
For today's gift of Bach: "This is the glorious Fugue in F, BWV 540 by J.S. Bach.(Actually it's in F minor, after the fantastic first part of BWV 540, which is the Toccata in F Major). The character is noble yet profound." Here he is again at the organ of Christ the King Episcopal Church in Stone Ridge, NY. ... See MoreSee Less
2 weeks ago
Kent's gift of Bach today: Prelude and Fugue in G Minor, BWV 535.
And, please read!
Dear Friends, I want to share with you a paraphrase of a letter I shared this week with my wonderful chorus, the Oratorio Society of New York:
I recently had someone ask if my optimism for the future in light of this pandemic was misplaced. I have a personal story to share.
One month after I graduated high school I was on my way to lead the marching band (I was first trombone) as they marched for the town centennial (think The Music Man). A van pulled in front of me; I hit it, crashed into the windshield of my car, and made it to the high school in time to march the parade (trombones were in the front and responsible for pacing and linear formation). I then went to Royal, a town 40 minutes away to play for the wedding of our rock band guitarist, and returned to Spirit Lake to play with a country band at the local golf club from 8 pm to midnight.
The next morning I couldn’t get out of bed. Whiplash. I went to the hospital. Short story, a muscle tear eventually created scar tissue which pressed on the brachial nerve, in turn creating a muscle spasm that was debilitating. I ended up at the Mayo Clinic and their advice was to get out of music. I bottomed out personally; friends and family bolstered me, and I’ve gone on to an unimaginable career for which I am eternally grateful. It took over 10 years, all the while in college/conservatory, to work through that spasm and the challenges it presented. Today I’m whole, thanks to an opportune discovery of the Alexander Technique.
All of which is to say that we have to live in hope. This period we are living in is like no other. There is no playbook made for us. We must gather ourselves and make choices right now, and in the days to come. For my part, I know it was my friends and family who made my journey out of a life of pain possible. We, together, are friends and family. It is better for us to come through this together than alone. And it is better to realize that yes, a worst-case scenario may happen, and we may not have a chance to be in a room together for some time. On the other hand, will we atrophy musically as an ensemble, and also as a community, or will we nurture this moment, find our way, even if clumsily, through it?
We will find our way through this. We will remember how we got through this, and others will, too. What choices did we make along the way, collectively and individually? This is an historic moment. I am confident that we will be at the ready to make music when the storm breaks. We need to do this, and society needs for us to do this! For when the light breaks, humanity will need the beauty that choral music provides more than ever.
Spirit and connectedness will triumph. Stay the course!
And about the Bach: "I love this piece- the prelude is very stylus fantasticus (fantastic style)- reminiscent of Buxtehude with a Victor Borge element thrown in (when will that fast finger work stop moving down the keyboard!). The Fugue is a wonderful tune." ... See MoreSee Less
3 weeks ago
Today's gift of Bach: Fantasia and Fugue in C Minor, BWV 537, recorded Friday in Stone Ridge, NY. Kent says, "I love this piece - the Fantasia starts over a low pedal note and is very expressive and ruminative. The fugue is joyous for its minor key, and one of my favorite subjects!"
And - ! "Hey friends, you may notice my pandemic haircut! I couldn’t take it - got out the clippers, and kept going until it was gone!" ... See MoreSee Less