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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 2017-2018 season brochure or peruse the concerts and events page, and as always, please consider becoming a member of the Great Friends of Music Guild.

NEXT EVENT: THE APPLE HILL STRING QUARTET
MMPAF Apple Hill String Quartet
Sunday, March 4, 2018 at 2:30 pm in the Chapel

Since its founding in 2007, the Apple Hill String Quartet has earned praise around the world for its concerts presenting interpretive mastery of traditional repertoire—including Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, Schumann, Beethoven, and Ravel—as well as for new and commissioned works by outstanding composers. As resident musicians at the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music, the Quartet is featured in the summer concert series held every Tuesday night at the Center in Nelson, N.H. Apple Hill’s innovative outreach program Playing for Peace focuses on social change and conflict resolution through music in areas where there is conflict, particularly the Middle East.

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UPCOMING EVENT: PORTALS TO THE DIVINE RADIANCE FROM THE NORTH
MMPAF PORTALS TO THE DIVINE RADIANCE FROM THE NORTH
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at 7:30 pm

This concert has been made possible by a generous gift from Robin Henry. Join us for choral works by Northern European composers, all of which offer a testament of faith and a glimpse into a transcendent world. Icelandic composer Jón Leifs composed his Requiem in memory of his young daughter’s untimely death in a swimming accident.

Eriks Ešenvalds from Latvia has emerged as a composer of deeply affecting works such as his Stars and Only in Sleep, heard this evening. The concert will also feature works by Edvard Grieg, Ola Gjeilo and Jan Sandström, all performed in the noble Romanesque architecture of St. Bartholomew’s Church.

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UPCOMING EVENT: AN EVENING OF JAZZ – THE DORIAN WIND QUINTET
17_18_Patterns_in_Chromatic_Field Morton Feldman
Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at 7 pm

Lauded by The New York Times for their “extraordinary accuracy and spirit,” the Dorian Wind Quintet is known worldwide as one of chamber music’s pre-eminent and longest continuously active ensembles. The Dorian made history in 1981, as the first wind quintet to appear at Carnegie Hall, and since then have been universally recognized for their polished and passionate performances.

They have been responsible for 40 commissions of 20th and 21st century wind music from major composers such as Luciano Berio, Lukas Foss and Sir Richard Rodney Bennett. Their commission of George Perle’s Wind Quintet No. 4 won the Pulitzer Prize for music in 1986.

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UPCOMING EVENT: PATTERNS IN A CHROMATIC FIELD (1981) – MORTON FELDMAN
Patterns in Chromatic Field Morton Feldman
Sunday, May 13, 2018 at 3 pm

Patterns in a Chromatic Field is a late work by Feldman (1926-1987), a composer associated with the New York School of John Cage and Christian Wolff. This 80-minute odyssey offers an opportunity for contemplation, as cello and piano explore different degrees of stasis and patterns of harmony and color. Patterns in a Chromatic Field reflects his lifelong fascination with the Abstract Expressionist painters. “My compositions are not really ‘compositions’ at all,” Feldman said. “One might call them time canvasses in which I more or less prime the canvass with an overall hue of music.”

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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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