The Choir of St. Luke in the Fields, under the direction of David Shuler, with Baroque in the Fields, an ensemble of period instruments, presents Joseph Haydn’s Stabat Mater on Thursday, April 4, 2019 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.
In 1767, for the Feast of the Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Haydn composed his monumental Stabat Mater, the first church work he wrote after entering the service of Prince Esterházy at Eisenstadt in 1761. It is a work of similar length, gravity and meditative concentration to the Seven Last Words composed some 20 years later. The Stabat Mater was praised by his contemporaries and frequently performed during his lifetime, and it was published on such a large scale that it became his most well-known sacred work. Today the piece is seldom performed and even more rarely recorded, even though it contains some of the composer's most rich and deeply felt writing.
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.
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/stlukeconcertix. 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, April 4, 2019 at 8 p.m. (lecture at 7 p.m.)
Joseph Haydn – Stabat Mater
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]