Great Music in a Great Space

The Great Music in a Great Space (GMGS) series presents choral, orchestral, and instrumental music in the magnificent, deeply spiritual setting of the world’s largest Gothic cathedral.

Choral Concert Series

We’re excited to present our ninth season of Great Music in a Great Space! The season opens with a performance by Musica Sacra featuring works by Guillaume de Machaut and Josquin des Prez. Later in the season, the Cathedral Choir performs the U.S. premiere of Patrick Zimmerli’s Instrument of Destiny, an oratorio on poetry by Alan Seeger. We’re excited to welcome the Oratorio Society of New York to our series with a performance of works by Rachmaninoff and Duruflé, as well as world music group Rose of the Compass for a celebration of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Musica Sacra presents a sumptuous program of Germanic music, including J.S. Bach’s beloved motet, Komm, Jesu, Komm. Finally, the combined Cathedral Choir, Orchestra and soloists present Bach’s monumental St John Passion.

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Great Organ Series

The Great Organ series features two virtuoso recitals from Artist in Residence David Briggs, who will give the world premiere of his Variations on “Take the A Train” in October. Director of Cathedral Music Kent Tritle, organist of the New York Philharmonic, will perform a concert of works by Bach, Bruhns, and Vierne, and Associate Music Director and Organist Raymond Nagem closes the season with a recital of organ music by women composers, including Clara Schumann, Florence Price, and Nadia Boulanger.

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Sunday Recital Series

While the Great Organ is on hiatus, due to last April’s fire, we are pleased to present our organ recitals in the magnificent acoustic of the Cathedral by way of a fine digitally sampled instrument by Walker Technical Company. This cutting-edge sampling and audio system represents the sounds of a very highly acclaimed pipe organ by Aeolian Skinner, the company that built our own Great Organ. These recitals are free to the public.

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GMGS in the News

November 5, 2019 - Goings on About Town, The New Yorker

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