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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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STRAVINSKY – L’HISTOIRE DU SOLDAT DEVIANT SEPTET

Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 7:30 pm
in the Chapel
MMPAF STRAVINSKY – L’HISTOIRE DU SOLDAT DEVIANT SEPTET 2018

Acclaimed as “exciting” (The New York Times), and “exceedingly fun” (Time Out New York), Deviant Septet will perform Igor Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat (The Soldier’s Tale), a Faustian legend for seven instruments and a signature work for this ensemble.

The evening will also include Histories, a collaborative work intended as a companion piece to L’Histoire, composed by Sleeping Giant, a consortium of six composers, praised by WQXR for “rapidly gaining notice for their daring innovations and acute attention to instrumental nuance.”

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THE APPLE HILL STRING QUARTET

Sunday, March 31, 2019 at 2:30 pm
in the Chapel
MMPAF Apple Hill String Quartet 2018

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. 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.

Their concert will include Franz Schubert’s Quartet in A Minor (“The Rosamunde”) as well as quartets by Pulitzer Prize winning Caroline Shaw and Michael Kropf, collaborator with the Apple Hill String Quartet.

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AMERICAN VOICES OF THE EARLY 20TH CENTURY

Sunday, May 5, 2019 at 2:30 pm
in the Chapel
MMPAF American Voices of the Early 20th Century 2019

This program pays tribute to Scott Joplin, the master of ragtime, and the modernist Charles Ives. Joplin’s Bethena (1904) livens the classical waltz with the spirit of ragtime, paying poignant tribute to his first love, Freddie, who died just ten weeks after their wedding. Ives’s Concord Sonata (1911) weaves together popular music from the Civil War, along with quotes from Beethoven, Wagner, and Debussy.

“There is genuine majesty in the Concord Sonata, and nobody else, in my experience, has brought it out so convincingly as Nonken.” (Washington Post)

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RESPLENDENT: A SILVER ANNIVERSARY CONCERT

Saturday, June 1, 2019 at 5 pm
MMPAF Resplendent A Silver Anniversary Concert 2019

Empire City Men’s Chorus (ECMC) invites you to kick off the summer and World Pride 2019 in New York City by experiencing and celebrating excellence in men’s choral music programming. The Gala Concert will feature superlative men’s choral works by such esteemed composers as David Conte, Gwyneth Walker, George Gershwin, Orlando di Lasso, Ysaye Barnwell, and Elizabeth Alexander. The chorus will also present two world premieres, underscoring its mission to foster and cultivate artistic contributions to men’s choral music repertoire.

To help launch ECMC into its next twenty-five years, join us immediately following the concert for a Gala Reception, or, if you prefer, for a more intimate Gala Dinner. For tickets to ECMC’s Gala Concert, Gala Reception, or Gala Dinner, or for subscriptions and information on other ECMC Silver Season events, please visit www.ecmc.nyc.

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GEMS Concert Series 2019
 
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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