St. Bartholomew's Church, founded in 1835, is located on Park Avenue and 51st Street. It 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.
Broadcast: May 8, 2015
Concert: GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL - JUDAS MACCABEUS - YALE SCHOLA CANTORUM
Concert Date: Sunday, January 25, 2015
Location: St. Bart's Church, NYC
Presented by MMPAF
PBS Episode Description:
We take viewers to New Haven and New York to hear students and instructors speak artistically and spiritually about the power of experiencing sacred music. Many students who devote themselves to studying religious music and theology at the more-than-40-year-old Yale Institute of Sacred Music feel it deepens their spiritual lives and connects them to a tradition they hope to pass along and make relevant for contemporary audiences. Says institute director Martin Jean: “We exist to integrate theological education and musical education with artistic education.” Institute students study music, art history, the Bible, Christian theology, literature, poetry, architecture, and liturgy—all at the same time.
Lyrics By: Robert Hunter
Music By: Jerry Garcia
Concert | "SONGS TO FILL THE AIR"
Friday, August 8, 2014 at 7:30 PM
David Bryan and friends Presented by Mid-Manhattan Performing Arts Foundation (MMPAF) On the eve of the 19th anniversary of Garcia's death, the Mid-Manhattan Performing Arts Foundation will host a celebration of the music of Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter -- the chief lyricist with whom Garcia worked for most of his performing career. This celebration is being spearheaded by David Bryan (St. Bart's Director of Welcome, Inclusion and Incorporation), an eclectic musician with years of performance experience in the New York music scene. With several guest musicians, David will honor the life of this American cultural icon, as audience and musicians come together to explore the power, beauty, and grace of some of the richest recent additions to the American songbook -- such as the timeless tune "Brokedown Palace," from the inimitable 1970 album American Beauty.
Benjamin Britten's "Noye's Fludde" Hear the world's oldest storythe timeless mystical tale of Noah's arktold through magnificent music, puppetry and movement. Professional chamber orchestra and singers are joined by a cast of talented youth in a dynamic multicultural interpretation of Britten's colorful opera. St. Bartholomew's Boy and Girl Choristers and Sunday School will be joined by guest choristers from the metropolitan area.
Video courtesy of Brian Burnett