The 3 B’s of the North German Baroque


Church of Saint Luke in the Fields
487 Hudson Street New York
United States
Thursday, January 24, 2019

Organist David Shuler and soloists from the Choir of St. Luke in the Fields will be joined by Baroque in the Fields, an ensemble of period instruments, in The 3 B’s of the North German Baroque on Thursday, January 24, 2019 at 8 p.m. at the Church of Saint Luke in the Fields, 487 Hudson Street.  There will be a lecture by Dr. Lynette Bowring at 7 p.m.                                   

Vivid improvisational passagework, the artistic use of counterpoint, and vocal and instrumental virtuosity are hallmarks of the North German Baroque style. Celebrating the innovative brilliance of the North German Baroque, this concert will feature vocal cantatas paired with solo organ works by Nicolaus Bruhns, Dieterich Buxtehude – a great genius whom J.S. Bach famously walked 250 miles to study with – and Johann Sebastian Bach himself. Vocal works will include Bruhns’s Mein Hertz ist bereit, Buxtehude’s Aperite mihi portas justitiae and Singet dem Herrn, and Bach’s Cantatas 54 and 200. Organ works will include Bruhns’s Praeludium in E Minor (the larger), Buxtehude’s Praeludium in G Minor and Bach’s Pièce d'orgue.

David Shuler has been Director of Music and Organist at the Church of Saint Luke in the Fields in New York City since 1988.  He studied organ with David Craighead and Leonard Raver, and composition with Joseph Schwantner, Samuel Adler and Gunther Schuller.  He has received numerous awards, including a BMI-SC award for composition and First Prize in the Mid-Hudson Valley Chapter American Guild of Organists Organ Playing Competition. Mr. Shuler has been featured as an organ soloist on both the East and West coasts in productions of the ballet Voluntaries, Glen Tetley’s choreography of Francis Poulenc’s Concerto for Organ, Strings and Timpani by the American Ballet Theatre and the Dance Theatre of Harlem. Mr. Shuler is well-known for his interpretations of Baroque music, both as an organ soloist and as a conductor.

The Choir of St. Luke in the Fields is the resident vocal ensemble at the Church of St. Luke in the Fields in New York City's historic Greenwich Village. Under the direction of David Shuler since 1988, the Choir regularly performs masses and motets dating from the fifteenth century to the present as part of the church's liturgy. They are known for their historically informed performances of Early Music. The Choir presented the North American premieres of Georg Phillip Telemann's St. Matthew Passion (1746) in 2003 and St. Luke Passion (1748) in 2013. In 2011, the ensemble gave the first New York City performance of C.P.E. Bach's St. Matthew Passion (1769). The 2015 season featured a rare performance of Handel’s Esther – his first English oratorio. Excerpts from their 2009 Music at the Sistine Chapel concert were featured on an ABC news documentary aired in May of that same year, Secrets of the Sistine - Michelangelo's Mystery. In addition, the Choir has presented a number of premieres of new works, including the New York premieres of Arvo Pärt's Berliner Messe and Missa Syllabica and Dan Locklair's Brief Mass. Their recording, Music of Pierre de Manchicourt: Missa Reges Terrae and other works, was released to critical acclaim on the MSR label in September 2016.   In November 2018, they released a recording of Palestrina’s Missa Tu es Petrus and motets, also on the MSR label.

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 212-414-7440 or write to [email protected]

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 by the New York State Council on the Arts

with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.



Organist David Shuler, soloists from the Choir of Saint Luke in the Fields, Baroque in the Fields

Thursday, January 24, 2019 at 8 p.m. (lecture at 7 p.m.)
The Three B’s of the North German Baroque (Bach, Bruhns, Buxtehude)

Church of Saint Luke in the Fields, 487 Hudson Street, NYC

Tickets: $35 ($25 for students, seniors)

Information and reservations, (212) 414-7440, [email protected]


(212) 414-7440

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