The Choir of St. Luke in the Fields, under the direction of David Shuler, presents The Birth of the Oratorio on Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 8 p.m. at the Church of Saint Luke in the Fields, 487 Hudson Street. The choir will be joined by Baroque in the Fields, an ensemble of period instruments. There will be a lecture by Dr. Eric Bianchi at 7 p.m.
Seventeenth-century Italy witnessed the birth of a new dramatic music genre, the oratorio. Giacomo Carissimi was the most significant composer of oratorios at the time, and the influence of his works rapidly spread throughout Europe. A student of Carissimi, Marc-Antoine Charpentier brought the sacred music drama to Paris. The concert will include Carissimi’s best-known oratorio, Jepthe, along with Jonas. Charpentier’s Filius prodigus (‘The Prodigal Son’) and Maria Magdalena stabat by the Benedictine nun Chiara Margarita Cozzolani will complete the program.
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 most recent 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 the fall of 2018, they will release 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.
Choir of Saint Luke in the Fields, directed by David Shuler
Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 8 p.m. (lecture at 7 p.m.)
“The Birth of the Oratorio”
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]