Passion Music

Thursday, April 03, 2014

The Choir of St. Luke in the Fields, under the direction of David Shuler, with Sonnambula Viol Consort and an ensemble of period instruments led by Leah Gale Nelson, presents Passion Music on Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 8 p.m. at the Church of Saint Luke in the Fields, 487 Hudson Street.   There will be a lecture by Dr. David Schulenberg at 7 p.m.            

This concert of music for the Easter season will feature Dieterich Buxtehude’s most expansive work, Membra Jesu Nostri, a cycle of seven cantatas forming a meditation on the Passion. The work, dating from 1680, is a tour de force assimilating all of Buxtehude’s vocal compositional styles including concerto-motets, chorale settings, varied strophic arias, as well as vocal concertos employing all the textural and tonal developments of the late seventeenth century. The Seven Last Words, SWV 478, and Erbarm dich, SWV 447, by Heinrich Schütz will complete the program.

The Choir of Saint Luke in the Fields is a professional ensemble made up of some of New York City's finest singers, directed by David Shuler.  As part of the liturgy at St. Luke’s Church, the Choir regularly performs masses and motets that date from the fifteenth century to the present.  The Choir is noted for its performances of early music, and in particular for bringing works to New York City audiences that that have not been heard here before.  The Choir has presented the first New York performance of CPE Bach’s recently rediscovered St. Matthew Passion of 1769, the first North American performance of Telemann’s St. Matthew Passion of 1746 and St. Luke Passion of 1748, the first New York performance of Johann Theile’s St. Matthew Passion of 1763, and the first North American performance of Gregorio Allegri’s Missa Christus resurgens.

The most recent recording by Saint Luke's Choir is O Magnum Mysterium: Christmas in Iberia, featuring Tomás Luis de Victoria’s Missa O magnum mysterium. The singing of the Choir of St. Luke in the Fields was featured in an ABC news special, Secrets of the Sistine – Michelangelo’s Mystery, which first aired in May 2008.

The Church of Saint Luke in the Fields is located at 487 Hudson Street in Greenwich Village, one block south of Christopher Street.  Tickets for the concert are $35, and $25 for students and senior citizens.  Tickets will be available at the door or in advance at  For further information, ticket sales or reservations, please call .

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.   

This program is made possible in part with public funds from the Fund for Creative Communities, supported by the New York State Council on the Arts and administered by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.      


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