With the buds of spring come stirrings of life in the concert world! In the first week of March at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Kent was able to gather for the first time with a sizeable group: the Cathedral Choir, Ensemble 1047, and soloists Andrew Fuchs, Joseph Beutel, Amy Justman, Kirsten Sollek, Lawrence Jones, and Peter Stewart – to record a performance of Bach’s St. John Passion, which will premiere on Monday, March 29, at 7 PM. You can purchase tickets – and support the Cathedral’s Great Music in a Great Space series – and the stream will be available through April 28.

And join the virtual services at St. John the Divine this Easter season and hear performances by the Cathedral Choir, Chorale, and Choristers with strings, brass, and organ – recorded in the Cathedral’s Synod Hall with remote contributions layered in – including two chant Passion settings arranged by Kent, along with favorite hymns, anthems and a cappella motets.

Plans are in the works for more spring events: Musica Sacra and Rose of the Compass are collaborating to record a concert in April for release as a stream later in the spring, to include Immigrant Songs by Robert and the Reverend Victoria Sirota. And the Oratorio Society of New York will perform an outdoor mini-concert on June 5 at 2 PM at the Pulpit Green of St. John the Divine: music of Heinrich Schütz, Anton Bruckner, and Sergei Rachmaninoff, plus William Dawson’s setting of “Balm in Gilead,” Jean Ritchie’s “Cool of the Day,” and Stephen Paulus’s “The Road Home.” 

As always, keep an eye on Kent’s website and Facebook page for details!
Online premiere
Great Music in a Great Space at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine presents
Kent Tritle, conductor
Andrew Fuchs, tenor Evangelist
Joseph Beutel, bass-baritone Jesus
Amy Justman, soprano
Kirsten Sollek, contralto
Lawrence Jones, tenor
Peter Stewart, bass
Ensemble 1047

J. S. BACH St. John Passion

Tickets available to purchase for on-demand streaming through April 28 | buy now
Easter Season services at the

Palm Sunday March 28, with prelude at 10:50 AM
Maundy Thursday April 1 at 7 PM, with prelude at 6:50 PM
Good Friday – April 2 at 12 Noon
Holy Saturday Vigil April 3 at 7 PM
Easter Sunday April 4, with prelude at 10:50 AM
Saturday, June 5, 2021, 2 PM
Pulpit Green at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine – 1047 Amsterdam Avenue at 112th Street
Kent Tritle, conductor

Program subject to change
HEINRICH SCHÜTZ “Jauchzet dem Herren”
TRADITIONAL “Balm in Gilead,” arr. Dawson
JEAN RITCHIE “Cool of the Day”
About Kent Tritle
Kent Tritle is one of America's leading choral conductors. Called "the brightest star in New York's choral music world" by The New York Times, he is Director of Cathedral Music and Organist at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City; Music Director of the Oratorio Society of New York, the acclaimed 200-voice volunteer chorus; and Music Director of Musica Sacra, the longest continuously performing professional chorus in New York City. In addition, Kent is Director of Choral Activities at the Manhattan School of Music and is a member of the graduate faculty of The Juilliard School. An acclaimed organ virtuoso, he is also the organist of the New York Philharmonic.

Photo: Jennifer Taylor