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Mid-Manhattan Performing Arts Foundation (MMPAF) brings Great Music between Fall and Spring every year. The Great Music at St. Bart's strives to cultivate, promote, sponsor and develop an understanding and love of great music as presented at St. Bartholomew's Church.

Check out our current 2018-2019 season brochure or peruse the concerts and events page, and as always, please consider becoming a member of the Great Friends of Music Guild.

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at 7:30 pm
Joyous Christmas Concert 2018

St. Bartholomew’s Choir, Boy and Girl Choristers, New York City’s largest pipe organ and a chamber orchestra join forces for this concert of Christmas favorites. Works include The Christmas portion of Handel’s Messiah, Gustav Holst’s radiant Christmas Day and carol settings of Lauridsen, Chilcott, Willcocks and others.

Experience the joy and warmth of the holidays with great choral works, sacred and secular, and the chance to sing the beloved carols of the season with organ and orchestra in the candlelit splendor of St. Bartholomew’s Church.

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Friday, December 14, 2018 at 7:30 pm
in the Chapel
MMPAF Adoration of the Magi  2018

Jeff Morrissey, Baritone, and Bill Trafka, pianist return to St. Bartholomew’s intimate chapel this season with his popular Christmas program inspired by the elegant paintings found in the South Chapel of St. Bartholomew’s. In 1919 Ethel Parsons Paullin and her husband Telford created the beautiful Adoration of the Magi and the 13 medallions surrounding it depicting subjects connected with the Nativity of Christ.

Morrissey, whose voice The New York Times calls “a ringing baritone and first rate,” will highlight the artwork weaving passages from the Bible with Polish carols, spirituals and ballads from his own Southern Appalachian Mountains to present a visual and musical telling of the Christmas story.

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Monday, December 31, 2018 at 11 pm
MMPAF Concert to Usher in the New Year 2018

Ring in the new year with a fun & festive concert at 11pm, followed by a champagne reception at midnight. Hear music from Bach & Mozart to Johann Strauss Sr. and see it played with the console out front-and-center. St. Bartholomew’s is known around the world as home to one of the world’s (and NYC’s) largest pipe organs, with its thrilling chorus of 12,422 pipes and the recently-restored Celestial division housed in the dome.

Paolo Bordignon, organist

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MMPAF St Barts Organ

Did you know? St. Bartholomew's Church, founded in 1835, is home to the largest pipe organ in New York City, and one of the largest in the country. William Trafka has been the Director of Music and Organist at St. Bart's since 1995. Douglass Hunt served as Organ Curator from 1980-2014.

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