To mark the inaugural season of the Miller-Scott Organ, Concerts at Saint Thomas will present the Grand Organ Series. 5 Saturdays throughout the year will feature some of the country’s most outstanding organists playing the new instrument. No tickets are required for these recitals. A donation, however, is requested.
- Tickets are now on sale for the 2018-2019 concert season.
- This season marks the inauguration of the Irene D. and William R. Miller Chancel Organ in memory of John Scott. For more information about the Grand Organ Series, click here.
"The Choir of Saint Thomas Church produces a polished, powerful and balanced sound that for sacred music is about the best that New York has to offer."-The New York Times
Concerts / 2018-2019 Season
Saturday, January 19, 20193:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Saint Thomas ChurchIn the third of six Grand Organ recitals, Benjamin Sheen, Associate Organist at Saint Thomas Church, plays the Miller-Scott Organ. One of the UK’s brightest young organists and hailed as ‘brilliant' by the New York Times, he is the 2013 winner of the Pierre S. du Pont First Prize in the inaugural Longwood Gardens Organ Competition and received Second Prize and the Jon Laukvik prize at the St. Alban’s International Organ Competition 2013. No tickets required. Donation requested.
Saturday, February 16, 20193:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Saint Thomas ChurchIn the fourth of six Grand Organ recitals, Katelyn Emerson plays the Miller-Scott Organ. “Emerson … shows every indication that she will become one of her generation’s most prominent organists." - Allan Kozinn, Portland Press Herald. No tickets required. Donation requested.
Saturday, March 23, 20193:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Saint Thomas ChurchIn the fifth of six Grand Organ recitals, Chelsea Chen plays the Miller-Scott Organ. “…Chelsea played with confidence, style, and imagination at a level that many older performers would surely envy…The [organ’s] future is in the hands [of] players such as Chelsea Chen who not only perform exceptionally well but also compose for the organ and encourage other friends of their generation to write for it too.” - Michael Barone. No tickets required. Donation requested.
Monday, April 1, 20197:30 pm – 9:30 pm, Saint Thomas ChurchThe Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, needs no introduction, having performed to audiences at Saint Thomas Church many times in the past. As arguably the most famous choir of its type in the world, and justly known for its annual broadcast of Nine Lessons and Carols on Christmas Eve, the men and boys will be touring the USA for the last time under their current Director of Music, Stephen Cleobury. Concerts at Saint Thomas is honored to have this opportunity to salute Stephen after 37 years of service, and to wish him well in his forthcoming retirement.
Thursday, April 11, 20197:30 pm – 10:30 pm, Saint Thomas ChurchWith such emotional weight, and in a perfect balance of drama and spirituality, Johann Sebastian Bach’s St. John Passion has become synonymous with Passiontide and Easter observances around the world. Daniel Hyde conducts New York Baroque Incorporated with soloists, Dann Coakwell, Sarah Brailey, Jay Carter, Mark Bleeke, and Andrew Padgett.
Monday, April 15, 20197:00 pm, Saint Thomas ChurchOriginally an improvised symphony on liturgical themes, Marcel Dupré’s Symphonie-Passion is a kaleidoscopic representation of the life of Christ in four movements; Advent, Christmas, Crucifixion and Resurrection. The symphony draws heavily on Gregorian chant and promises to show off the full range of color and power of the Miller-Scott Organ. No tickets required, donation requested.
Tuesday, April 16, 20196:45 pm – 7:45 pm, Saint Thomas ChurchPaul de Maleingreau’s Symphonie de la Passion vividly depicts pivotal events from the Passion of Christ. The symphony draws heavily on Gregorian chant and promises to show off the full range of color and power of the Miller Scott organ. No tickets required, donation requested.
Thursday, May 9, 20196:00 pm – 7:30 pm, Saint Thomas ChurchAt an earlier-than-usual start time, New York Baroque Incorporated joins Benjamin Sheen in a program of chamber music celebrating the Martha J. Dodge Continuo Organ and a new harpsichord recently purchased from Willard Martin. Vivaldi’s evergreen depiction of Spring sets the scene for two concerti by Handel and Bach, both of which weave tapestries of musical counterpoint for all the hands of the orchestra. An intimate early evening performance looking towards Memorial Day and the New York summer.
Saturday, May 18, 20193:00 pm – 4:00 pmIn the final of six Grand Organ recitals, Ken Cowan plays the Miller-Scott Organ. “[There is] no doubt as to the player’s extraordinary muscle and aptitude.” - The American Organist. No tickets required. Donation requested.