MMPAF Great Music
PAST EVENTS 2017-2018 SEASON
Past events sponsored by the Mid-Manhattan Performing Arts Foundation.
   
 
MMPAF presents Concert to Usher in New Year

HOTEL ELEFANT: GREAT MUSIC DEBUT

Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 7:30 pm

The Great Music at St. Bart’s Series debuted 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 juxtaposed 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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MMPAF presents Concert to Usher in New Year

A CONCERT TO USHER IN THE NEW YEAR

Sunday, December 31, 2017 at 11 pm

At this event, audience heard St. Bartholomew’s grand Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ with its newly restored Celestial division in the dome, one of New York’s greatest musical treasures.

William K. Trafka, St. Bartholomew’s Director of Music and Organist, played festive works for the New Year’s celebration.

The program included organ works of Bach, Guilmant, and Mendelssohn. Trafka’s own transcription of Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man was played at the stroke of midnight.

William K. Trafka, organ

A free champagne reception followed this FREE concert.

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MMPAF presents composer Arvo Part

ADORATION OF THE MAGI

Friday, December 15, 2017 at 7:30 pm in the Chapel

Jeff Morrissey, Baritone, and William Trafka, Pianist, returned to St. Bartholomew’s intimate Chapel this season with their popular Christmas program inspired by the elegant paintings found in the South Chapel of St. Bartholomew’s.

In 1919 Ethel Parsons Paullin and her husband Telford created the beautiful Adoration of the Magi and the 13 medallions surrounding it depicting subjects connected with the Nativity of Christ.

Morrissey, whose voice The New York Times has called “a ringing baritone and first rate,” highlighted the artwork weaving passages from the Bible with Polish carols, spirituals and ballads from his own Southern Appalachian Mountains and presented a visual and musical telling of the Christmas story.

Jeff Morrissey, baritone; William K. Trafka, piano

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MMPAF presents composer Arvo Part

A JOYOUS CHRISTMAS CONCERT

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 7:30 pm

St. Bartholomew’s Choir, Boy and Girl Choristers, New York City’s largest pipe organ and a chamber orchestra joined forces for this concert of Christmas favorites. Works included the Christmas portion of Handel’s Messiah, Vaughan Williams’ radiant Fantasia on Christmas Carols and carol settings of Ešenvalds, Chilcott, Willcocks and others. Audience experienced the joy and warmth of the holidays with great choral works, sacred and secular, and the chance to sing the beloved carols of the season with organ and orchestra in the candlelit splendor of St. Bartholomew’s Church.

St. Bartholomew’s Choir, Boy and Girl Choristers, Chamber Orchestra; Jason Roberts, organist and conductor; William K. Trafka, conductor

Experience the Entire Concert

St. Bartholomew’s Choir, Boy and Girl Choristers, Chamber Orchestra; Jason Roberts, organist and conductor; William K. Trafka, conductor.
Video: Brian H. Burnett

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MMPAF presents composer Arvo Part

JASON ROBERTS ACCOMPANIES
THREE SHORT COMEDIES OF BUSTER KEATON


Friday, November 3, 2017 at 7:30 pm

Jason Roberts Accompanies The GeneralJason Roberts, St. Bartholomew’s Associate Director of Music and Organist, provided live, improvised accompaniment on St. Bart's famous Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ to three short comedies of Buster Keaton.

Convict 13 (1920) featured Keaton as an innocent (and untalented) golfer who is mistaken for a convict. In The Boat (1921), Buster and his family sailed into the Pacific Ocean in a homemade vessel that is barely seaworthy. And in Day Dreams (1922), Buster tried to win the hand of his girl by “making it big” in the city.

The audience experienced these films as their first audiences would have: with live accompaniment, and heard St. Bart’s enormous pipe organ in a surprising context!

Jason Roberts, organ

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MMPAF presents composer Arvo Part

A CITY RECORDER GALA CONCERT

Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 7:30 pm

The Mid-Manhattan Performing Arts Foundation in conjunction with Gotham Early Music Scene and Amherst Early Music’s CityRecorder workshop presented the young recorder phenomenon, Martin Bernstein, in a program of 17th century music and poetry in the intimacy of St. Bartholomew’s Chapel. The program included love songs of Giulio Caccini, shepherd’s laments of Sebastien de Brossard and instrumental works of Nicolas de Grigny and Nicola Matteis.

Martin Bernstein, recorder
Elliott Figg, harpsichord

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