Choir of St. Luke in the Fields, under the direction of David Shuler, presents The Splendor of the Spanish Renaissance on Thursday, February 28, 2019 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.
Beginning roughly at the time Columbus voyaged to the New World, and ending around 1659 with the Treaty of the Pyrenees, the Siglo de Oro (Spanish Golden Age), was an inspired flowering of music, art, and literature. It was into this world of opulence, financed in no small part by the empire’s vast holdings in the New World, that Spain’s most celebrated artists made their enduring contributions. Alongside the paintings of El Greco and Diego Valásquez and the prose of Miguel de Cervantes and Lope de Vega were brilliant and intensely spiritual compositions of Francisco Guerrero, Tomás Luis de Victoria, Alonso Lobo, and Cristóbal de Morales, but four of the many composers that defined the Spanish School. The concert will feature Guerrero’s Missa De la batalla escoutez and motets by all four composers.
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, February 28, 2019 at 8 p.m. (lecture at 7 p.m.)
The Splendor of the Spanish Renaissance (Guerrero, Victoria, Lobo, Morales)
Tickets: $35 ($25 for students, seniors)
Information and reservations, (212) 414-7440, [email protected]