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
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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.”
Gotham Early Music Scene (GEMS)
GEMS presents WWFM radio broadcast (wwfm.org) of the February 6, 2018 Midtown Concerts Series performance by Black Marble: Jörg-Michael Schwarz & Karen Marie Marmer, violins. Their program, “Opera for Two,” included works by Leclair, Shield, Barbella & Mozart. The name ‘Black Marble’ derives from the English translation of their last names: Schwarz (German, for black) and Marmer (Dutch, for marble).
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.
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.