Dates are announced for the twenty-first season of concerts of early music featuring the Choir of St. Luke in the Fields, under the direction of David Shuler. The dates are October 24, 2019; December 5, 2019; February 6, 2020; March 12, 2020 and May 7, 2020. The location is the Church of St. Luke in the Fields, 487 Hudson Street in Greenwich Village. Before each concert, there will be a lecture, included in the price of admission, by a noted expert in the field. Season tickets are $145 and will be available at the church office, by mail, or at bit.ly/stlukeconcertix. Individual tickets are $35 per concert ($25 for students and seniors). For further information, please call 212-414-7440.
On October 24, 2019, the Choir of St. Luke in the Fields will present William Byrd’s monumental Great Service, often described as the “crown jewel” of Anglican sacred music.
On December 5, 2019, the Choir of St. Luke in the Fields will be joined by Baroque in the Fields, an orchestra of period instruments, for “A French Baroque Christmas”, featuring feature Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s delightful Messe de Minuit (‘Midnight Mass’).
On February 6, 2020, the Choir of St. Luke in the Fields will sing music from the court of Charles V, including the sublime Missa Caro mea by Clemens non Papa, based on a motet by Pierre de Manchicourt, and motets by Manchicourt, Gombert, Crequillon and Clemens non Papa.
On March 12, 2020, the Choir of St. Luke in the Fields sings two virtuosic double choir motets by Johann Sebastian Bach: Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied and Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf.
The final program of the season is “Pergolesi Rediscovered” on May 7, 2020. The Choir of St. Luke in the Fields, joined by Baroque in the Fields, offers the Mass in D major and the motet Dignas Laudes
by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi lost for almost 300 years, in their first modern editions.
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. 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 November 2018, they released a recording of Palestrina’s Missa Tu es Petrus and motets, also on the MSR label.
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.
2019-2020 Season, Choir of Saint Luke in the Fields, directed by David Shuler
Thursdays at 8 pm: Oct. 24, 2019; Dec. 5, 2019; Feb. 6, 2020; March 12, 2020; May 7, 2020
Church of Saint Luke in the Fields, 487 Hudson Street, NYC
Season tickets: $145; Individual tickets: $35 ($25 for students, seniors).
Information and reservations, (212) 414-7440 or http://bit.ly/stlukeconcertix