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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

MMPAF Bach Tour 2017
NEXT EVENT: "ST. JOHN" PASSION, BWV 245 – The Choir of New College
ST JOHN PASSION, BWV 245, The Choir of New College
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 7:30 pm

The Choir of New College, Oxford, comes to the United States for the first time since the appointment of its new director, Robert Quinney. With renowned period-instrument ensemble, The English Concert Players, New College Choir performs J. S. Bach’s timeless setting of the Passion according to St. John, first heard in Leipzig in 1724, and now an established masterwork of the choral repertoire. With sixteen boy choristers and fourteen adult clerks, the Choir of New College, Oxford, established in 1379, is one the most celebrated and acclaimed choral ensembles in the UK. The English Concert Players enjoys an unsurpassed reputation for inspiring performances of Baroque and Classical repertoire.

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ST JOHN PASSION, BWV 245, The Choir of New College
Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 7:30 pm

The music of the extraordinary Estonian composer, Arvo Pärt, has been described as mystical, hypnotic and transcendent, earning him the label “modern mystic.” For the past five years, he has been the most performed living composer in the world. His Passio (1982), a setting of St. John’s Passion in Latin, was inspired by the austerity of medieval monophonic settings of the Passion, but infused with Pärt's individual, compelling harmonic style.

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ECCO East Coast Chamber Orchestra
Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 7:30 pm in the Chapel

Bringing together principal players of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle, and St. Louis Symphony Orchestras, the magnificent East Coast Chamber Orchestra (ECCO) has been hailed by The Washington Post as “classical music’s future.”

ECCO makes its Great Music at St. Bart’s debut with a captivating program, featuring music by Suk, Lutoslawski, André Caplet (the harrowing Conte fantastique), and the New York premiere of A Thousand Cranes by Christopher Theofanidis.

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The Dalton Chorale Carmina Burana
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 7:30 pm

The Dalton Chorale, under the direction of David Shuler, will celebrate its 25th anniversary with a performance of Carl Orff’s monumental Carmina Burana, in the version with accompaniment by two pianos and percussion. The concert will also include excerpts from The Passing of the Year by Jonathan Dove.

Originally drawn from alumni of the Dalton School on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, members of the Dalton Chorale are now a richly diverse ensemble of serious amateur singers. The chorus specializes in large sacred works of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and music of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The Chorale will be joined by St. Bartholomew’s Boy and Girl Choristers.

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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.

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