The Keys to Heaven: Music of Palestrina


Church of Saint Luke in the Fields
487 Hudson Street New York
United States
Thursday, January 25, 2018

The Choir of St. Luke in the Fields, under the direction of David Shuler, presents The Keys to Heaven: Music of Palestrina on Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 8 p.m. at the Church of Saint Luke in the Fields, 487 Hudson Street. There will be a lecture by Dr. Raymond Erickson at 7 p.m.                                                                                                 

“Palestrina’s historical reputation resembles that of no other composer in the history of music (Grove’s Dictionary of Music and Musicians).”  Palestrina is the best-known 16th-century representative of the Roman School of musical composition. He had a lasting influence on the development of church music, and his work is often seen as the culmination of Renaissance polyphony. The concert will feature G. P. da Palestrina’s mighty Missa Tu es Petrus along with the motet on which it is based. The concert will also include well-known motets such as Sicut cervus, in addition some of his lesser-known jewels: the motets Caro meaImproperium expectavit and Ego sum panis vivus, and the hymn setting Veni creator spiritus.

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.  

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.



Choir of Saint Luke in the Fields, directed by David Shuler
Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 8 p.m. (lecture at 7 p.m.)
“The Keys to Heaven: Music of Palestrina”

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]



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