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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: HOTEL ELEFANT: GREAT MUSIC DEBUT
MMPAF Hotel Elefant Great Music Debut
Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 7:30 pm

The Great Music at St. Bart’s Series debut of the contemporary music ensemble Hotel Elefant, lauded by Time Out New York as “megatalented” and “one of New York’s fastest rising new-music outfits.” Named for the scene of a chance meeting in Austria between Strauss, Mahler, Puccini, and Schoenberg in 1906, Hotel Elefant has achieved renown for celebrating the dynamism and diversity of the contemporary music landscape, and has appeared at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Guggenheim Museum, and the Bang on a Can Marathon.

Hotel Elefant’s Great Music program juxtaposes music by Kaija Saariaho (Nocturne, Oi kuu) with the New York City premières of new works by Hotel Elefant composers Hannis Brown, Patrick Castillo, Jascha Narveson, Leaha Maria Villarreal, and Kirsten Volness.

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UPCOMING 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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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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