Music

Past Concerts

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    "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, May 18, 2019

    3:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Saint Thomas Church
    In 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.

    Thursday, May 9, 2019

    6:00 pm – 7:30 pm, Saint Thomas Church
    At 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. Online ticket sales have closed. Limited tickets will be available for purchase beginning at 5:15pm at the Fifth Avenue Box Office.

    Tuesday, April 16, 2019

    6:45 pm – 7:45 pm, Saint Thomas Church
    In Tuesday of Holy Week, Daniel Hyde presents a meditation of organ music reflecting on the Passion and in anticipation of Easter. No tickets required, donation requested.

    Monday, April 15, 2019

    6:45 pm – 7:45 pm, Saint Thomas Church
    Originally 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.

    Thursday, April 11, 2019

    7:30 pm – 10:30 pm, Saint Thomas Church
    With 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. Online sales for tonight's concert have concluded. Tickets will be sold at the Fifth Avenue box office beginning at 6:45pm.

    Monday, April 1, 2019

    7:30 pm – 9:30 pm, Saint Thomas Church
    The 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.

    Saturday, March 23, 2019

    3:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Saint Thomas Church
    In 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.

    Saturday, February 16, 2019

    3:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Saint Thomas Church
    In 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, January 19, 2019

    3:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Saint Thomas Church
    In 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, December 22, 2018

    3:00 pm – 4:30 pm, Saint Thomas Church
    Daniel Hyde plays the second of six Grand Organ recitals on the Miller-Scott Organ. Arguably the most distinctive and progressive voice in twentieth century French music, and certainly the most significant organist-composer of any nationality since Bach, Olivier Messiaen is best known for his cycle of nine pieces entitled La Nativité du Seigneur. Written in 1935, the music speaks directly of the joy, peace and wonder of Christmas. Why not take a break from your Christmas shopping and slip into this synesthetic world of color and sound, showcasing some of the most hidden and delicate sounds of the Miller-Scott Organ? No tickets required, donation requested.

    Thursday, December 13, 2018

    5:30 pm – 6:45 pm, Saint Thomas Church
    Performances of Benjamin Britten’s haunting work for boys’ choir and harp at Saint Thomas go back to the nineteen-seventies. Join us this holiday season to experience the spirit of Christmas with this dramatic sequence of carols and other holiday works.

    Thursday, December 6, 2018

    7:30 pm – 10:30 pm, Saint Thomas Church
    The Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys combines forces with the period instrumentalists of New York Baroque Incorporated, soprano Molly Quinn, mezzo-soprano Meg Bragle, tenor Thomas Cooley and bass Alexander Dobson to celebrate Christmas with the much anticipated annual performances of Handel’s Messiah. Daniel Hyde conducts.

    Tuesday, December 4, 2018

    7:30 pm – 10:30 pm, Saint Thomas Church
    The Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys combines forces with the period instrumentalists of New York Baroque Incorporated, soprano Molly Quinn, mezzo-soprano Meg Bragle, tenor Thomas Cooley and bass Alexander Dobson to celebrate Christmas with the much anticipated annual performances of Handel’s Messiah. Daniel Hyde conducts. Advanced tickets for this evening's performance of Handel's Messiah have closed. Tickets will be available for sale at the Fifth Avenue entrance beginning at 6:30pm.

    Thursday, October 18, 2018

    7:30 pm – 10:00 pm, Saint Thomas Church
    Daniel Hyde conducts the Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys with Orchestra of St. Luke's in a concert featuring Benjamin Sheen playing The Irene D. and William R. Miller Chancel Organ in memory of John Scott. Together with Sara Cutler, harp, and Hyesang Park, soprano, the choir will sing works of Parry, Janáček, and Bernstein.

    Friday, October 5, 2018

    7:00 pm – 8:30 pm, Saint Thomas Church
    Much anticipated, and as a result of over ten years of visionary planning and painstaking hard work on the part of many, The Irene D. and William R. Miller Chancel Organ in memory of John Scott has gradually taken shape visually and aurally over the past year. With 102 stops, this magisterial instrument now presides over both sides of the Chancel, and is designed for liturgical and concert use. In this dedicatory recital, Daniel Hyde will demonstrate the many colors and sounds of the new instrument, from the softest strings to the iconic ‘blazing Saint Thomas sound’ known to many familiar with the previous instrument. An occasion not to be missed.

    Concerts / 2017-2018 Season

    Wednesday, May 9, 2018

    7:30 pm – 9:30 pm, Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue
    Online ticket sales for tonight's concert have closed. The doors will open and ticket sales will resume at 6:30pm. The Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys, the period instrumentalists of St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble and soloists Eric S. Brenner, Lawrence Jones, Mark Bleeke and Daniel Moore perform J.S. Bach's Cantata, BWV 37 and 'Lutheran' Mass, and Vivaldi's Introduzione e Gloria, RV 588. Daniel Hyde conducts.

    Friday, April 6, 2018

    7:30 pm – 9:30 pm, Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue
    As part of his farewell tour, conductor Stephen Darlington brings The Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford to Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue for an evening of British choral anthems.

    Tuesday, March 27, 2018

    7:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue
    Organist Daniel Hyde surveys the spiritual and theological influences of the music of J.S. Bach on three of the nineteenth century's greatest composers - Mendelssohn, Brahms and Schumann. No tickets required, donation requested

    Monday, March 26, 2018

    7:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue
    Organist Benjamin Sheen surveys the spiritual and theological influences of the music of J.S. Bach on three of the nineteenth century's greatest composers - Mendelssohn, Brahms and Schumann. No tickets required, donation requested

    Thursday, March 22, 2018

    7:30 pm – 9:15 pm, Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue
    Daniel Hyde conducts The Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys, soloists Hyesang Park and John Brancy, and pianists Michał Biel and Katelan Terrell in Brahms’s up-close and intimate arrangement for two pianos of his German Requiem.