The Cathedral of St. John the Divine in Harlem invites you to ring in the New Year with the New Year’s Eve Concert for Peace: Hearts, Hands, and Forgotten Voices.
Date and Time: Sunday, December 31, 2023, at 7 PM Location: The Cathedral of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Avenue (at 112th Street), in Harlem, NY.
Established by Leonard Bernstein in 1984, the Concert for Peace has become a cherished tradition, bringing together generations of New Yorkers to celebrate the season with music that promotes social uplift, justice, and peace. This year’s performance, under the direction of Kent Tritle, the Director of Cathedral Music and Organist, along with Bryan Zaros, Associate Director of Music and Choirmaster, will be hosted by renowned journalist Harry Smith.
The concert will feature the world premiere of “Voices of Afghanistan” by Stanley Grill. Special guests Rose of the Compass will present a musical montage from Jewish, Muslim, and Christian traditions, focusing on the shared desire for peace. The program, framed by the compositions of George Friedrich Handel and J.S. Bach, culminates in a collective rendition of “This Little Light of Mine” by the choirs and audience.
The Cathedral’s Great Music in a Great Space concert series extends into 2024, promising performances that captivate the senses and soothe the soul. Choral and orchestra performances will continue throughout the spring in the Cathedral’s magnificent acoustic space, featuring a repertoire that spans history and cultures. The Great Organ, recently restored, will once again fill the space with its awe-inspiring melodies.
For tickets and more information about the New Year’s Eve Concert for Peace and other upcoming concerts at the Cathedral, please visit the Cathedral’s website.
Kent Tritle, recognized as one of America’s leading choral conductors, serves as the Director of Cathedral Music and Organist at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City. He is also the Music Director of the Oratorio Society of New York and Musica Sacra, New York’s longest continuously performing professional chorus. Kent is acclaimed for his virtuosity on the organ and serves as the organist of the New York Philharmonic.
Kent Tritle’s contributions extend to the academic sphere, where he is the Director of Choral Activities at the Manhattan School of Music and a member of the graduate faculty at The Juilliard School. He founded the Sacred Music in a Sacred Space concert series at New York’s Church of St. Ignatius Loyola and led it from 1989 to 2011. Kent has a rich discography, and his 2021 Grammy-nominated recording of the oratorio “Sanctuary Road” with the Oratorio Society of New York attests to his musical excellence.
For more about Kent Tritle, visit kenttritle.com.
Over a century ago, the trustees of the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine envisioned its mission as a house of prayer for all people, a unifying force for the church, and a center of intellectual enlightenment in the spirit of Jesus Christ. Today, as the mother church of the Episcopal Diocese of New York and the bishop’s seat, the Cathedral serves a diverse community through worship, pastoral and educational outreach, cultural and civic events, international ecumenical initiatives, and the preservation of its historic architectural legacy.
To learn more about the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine, its mission, and events, visit the Cathedral’s website.
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