Choir of St. Luke in the Fields, under the direction of David Shuler, with Baroque in the Fields, an orchestra of period instruments, presents A Baroque Christmas in Rome on Thursday, December 6, 2018 at 8 p.m. at the Church of Saint Luke in the Fields, 487 Hudson Street. There will be a lecture by Dr. Sarah Davies at 7 p.m.
Rome is a city of magnificent churches, and of those, one of the most beautiful is the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore. This concert will offer music that might have been heard on Christmas Eve in the basilica in the early years of the 18th century. The centerpiece will be Alessandro Scarlatti’s Messa per il Santissimo Natale, a Christmas mass in the Roman polychoral style composed for Santa Maria Maggiore in 1707. The mass, a masterful fusion of Renaissance stile antico and the Baroque stile concertato, is set for nine choral voices and strings. The music perfectly captures the essence of the Christmas narrative, from the joyously dancing violin ritornelli to the quiet reverence of the Nativity scene. The program will also include festive motets by Scarlatti and Giacomo Carissimi, and organ works by Bernardo Pasquini.
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 bit.ly/stluketix. 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.
The Choir of Saint Luke in the Fields, directed by David Shuler
Thursday, December 6, 2018 at 8 p.m. (lecture at 7 p.m.)
A Baroque Christmas in Rome
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]