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Mid-Manhattan Performing Arts Foundation brings Great Music between Fall and Spring every year. Check out our 2016-2017 season brochure or peruse the concerts and events page, and please consider becoming a member of the Great Friends of Music Guild.

2016- 2017 Season Press Release

NEXT EVENT: JOHN ZORN: CANDLEMAS EVE AND THE HERMETIC ORGAN
MMPAF Concert John Zorn Candlemas Eve and Hermetic Organ
Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at 8:30 pm

Modern music icon John Zorn returns to St. Bartís with a performance of The Hermetic Organ Office Nr. 15 (2017), a new chapter in his epic organ improvisation, praised by Lou Reed as one of ďculmination and conquest.Ē His Candlemas Eve for two flutes and vibraharp will be offered on the eve of the churchís feast day of Candlemas.

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UPCOMING EVENT: JASON ROBERTS ACCOMPANIES THE SILENT FILM
MMPAF Concert Jason Roberts Accompanies The Silent Film
Friday, February 17, 2017 at 7:30 pm

For the last several years, Jason Roberts has performed an improvised live interpretation to many great silent films on the mammoth Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ at St. Bart's.

This year Jason accompanies one of Buster Keaton's great silent classics, "The General." The film is inspired by the Great Locomotive Chase of 1862, and is an action-packed comedy adventure.

Over the past two years, Jason Roberts has improvised the organ accompaniment to St. Bartís screenings of The Wind starring Lillian Gish and the Buster Keaton classic Steamboat Bill, Jr. St. Bart's Associate Director of Music, Organist, and the Director of the Boy and Girl Choristers since 2014, Jason is a sought-after recitalist in the U.S. and an avid improviser.

Experience what the film would have been like for its first audiences in 1927!

MMPAF Concert Jason Roberts Accompanies The Silent Film

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UPCOMING EVENT: THE APPLE HILL STRING QUARTET
MMPAF Concerts The Apple Hill String Quartet
Sunday, March 5, 2017 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 and for new and commissioned works by outstanding composers as well. Apple Hillís 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.

Apple Hillís program will include the premiere of Presences, a new work by John Harbison for cello, string quartet and string bass commissioned in memory of David Anderson, a young student cellist who studied at Apple Hill.

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GEN Concert Series

Now in its seventeenth season, Midtown Concerts sponsors lunchtime performances of music of the 18th century and earlier for anyone seeking a respite from the midtown hustle and bustle. Ensembles are chosen by a jury of early-music specialists from the metropolitan area. Each free concert is 30 to 40 minutes in length; no tickets or reservations are necessary. Admission is free.

Click here for the full schedule of concerts.

 
MMPAF Bach Tour 2017

The music of Johann Sebastian Bach has inspired generations of music lovers for its unparalleled genius in craftsmanship and its deeply spiritual affect. Bach's great art was practiced in both quaint towns and major urban centers in Germany.

Director of Music and Organist, William K. Trafka along with St. Bart’s parishioner, William Fulton will lead a tour of the German cities and churches where J. S. Bach lived and worked as a church musician.

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