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Musica Sacra Professional Choral Music At Its Finest

2010–2011 Season

The 46th Season

Music that stirs the heart, moves the soul, ignites the spirit.


Dear Music Lovers:

We are expanding our season! Four glorious concerts—five performances in all—from October to May feature the stunning choral artistry of the Musica Sacra Chorus and Orchestra. Two concerts are held in the contemporary setting of Alice Tully Hall, while Carnegie Hall remains our home for! "#$$%&' and Handel’s most choral of oratorios,!($)&#*!%+!,-./0. Subscribe to the whole season and you will hear music spanning 400 years, from the imaginative 1&+%0&$!1&+%0&023 by the “Father of Oratorio”, Giacomo Carissimi, to a concert featuring five premieres by New York City composers in May. And we have a sensational group of soloists. From the Metropolitan Opera comes Jennifer Zetlan. Joseph Mikolaj, winner of the Oratorio Society’s 2010 Solo Competition, makes his Lincoln Center debut. From the international concert and opera stages come Colin Balzer, Matthew Shaw, Tyler Duncan, and Musica Sacra favorites Leslie Fagan and Kevin Deas. This is a spectacular season of magnificent music—subscribe now for your preferred seats! With great anticipation,

Kent Tritle Music Director


2010-2011 Season

Season at a glance Saturday, October 23, 2010 at 8 pm

Baroque Gems: Carissimi, Charpentier and Bach Monday, November 8, 2010 at 6:30 pm - Bach Soirée Tuesday and Wednesday, December 21 and 22, 2010 at 8 pm

Handel’s Messiah – A New York Holiday Tradition Tuesday, January 18, 2011 at 6:30 pm - Handel Soirée Wednesday, February 23, 2011 at 8 pm

Handel’s Israel in Egypt Monday, March 21, 2011 at 6:30 pm - Spring Festival Gala Friday, May 13, 2011 at 8 pm

Messages to Myself June 2011 – International Tour of Prague and Vienna


“excellent, well-rehearsed and self-effacing musicians…the chorus and orchestra played with articulate clarity.” — The New York Times

Bach Soirée

Monday, November 8, 2010 at 6:30 pm Treat yourself to an elegant evening salon as we hear tales of Bach’s life and a selection of his stunning arias with soprano Leslie Fagan, hosted by Susan Dramm at the historic Alwyn Court. Cocktails begin at 6:30 pm and the program begins at 7:30 pm. Advance

JOSEPH MIKOLAJ

STEVEN FOX

STEVEN HRYCELAK

DAMIAN SAVARINO

reservations are required and space is limited.


Saturday, October 23, 2010, 8 pm

Baroque Gems Johann Sebastian Bach: Jesu, meine Freude, BWV 227 (Jesus, My Joy) Marc-Antoine Charpentier: Filius Prodigus (The Prodigal Son) Giacomo Carissimi: Vanitas Vanitatum (Vanity of Vanities)

Three nations and three different perspectives of the Baroque era: Carissimi used techniques from Baroque opera to dramatize Biblical texts in his seldom performed oratorio Vanitas Vanitatum. Charpentier, a pupil of Carissimi, further develops the technique in his dramatic portrayal of the Prodigal Son story. Bach is considered to stand at the summit of the Baroque era, and his synthesis of aria and polyphony is at its best in his beloved motet, Jesu, meine Freude.

Musica Sacra Chorus and Chamber Orchestra Kent Tritle, Conductor Saturday, October 23, 2010, 8 pm Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center

Broadway at 65th Street Kathryn Lewek and Jamet Pittman, Sopranos Kirsten Sollek, Mezzo-Soprano Ryland Angel, Countertenor Joseph Mikolaj* and Steven Fox, Tenors Steven Hrycelak and Damian Savarino, Basses

KATHRYN LEWEK

JAMET PITTMAN

KIRSTEN SOLLEK

RYLAND ANGEL

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Oratorio Society 2010 Solo Competition Winner


A NewYork Holiday Tradition Order your tickets early! These performances tend to sell out quickly. Order today to be assured of your choice of seats.

“Mr. Tritle conducted an impressively transparent and vibrant ‘Messiah’... the music-making was beguilingly natural.” — The New York Times


Tuesday, December 21, 2010, 8 pm Wednesday, December 22, 2010, 8 pm

Messiah George Frideric Handel: Messiah

Come hear why audiences return year after year to experience the elegance of Handel’s most famous masterpiece performed by the professional musicians of Musica Sacra. Kent Tritle leads the chorus and orchestra on an exhilarating journey through this timeless holiday classic with a cast of Baroque specialists: soprano Jennifer Zetlan from the Metropolitan Opera, and from international concert and opera stages, countertenor Matthew Shaw, tenor Colin Balzer and baritone Tyler Duncan.

Musica Sacra Chorus and Orchestra Kent Tritle, Conductor Tuesday, December 21, 2010, 8 pm Wednesday, December 22, 2010, 8 pm

Carnegie Hall, 57th Street at 7th Avenue Jennifer Zetlan, Soprano Matthew Shaw, Countertenor Colin Balzer, Tenor Tyler Duncan, Baritone

“I doubt if the city offers a better version of Messiah.” — New York Magazine

JENNIFER ZETLAN

MATTHEW SHAW

COLIN BALZER

TYLER DUNCAN


KENT TRITLE

“His Musica Sacra singers are outstanding, every word not only understood but crafted.” —The Star-Ledger

Handel Soirée Tuesday, January 18, 2011 at 6:30 pm Join us for the second soirée of the season as we revel in the exquisite music and writings of Handel with WQXR radio personality Jeff Spurgeon in the intimate setting of Susan Burden’s Fifth Avenue home. Cocktails begin at 6:30 pm and the musical program begins at 7:30 pm. Advance reservations are required and space is limited.


Wednesday, February 23, 2011, 8 pm

Handel: Israel in Egypt Handel’s stunning portrayal of the Israelites’ flight from Egypt is the most choral of his oratorios. With music for double choir it is a tour-de-force for the professional singers of Musica Sacra, and the orchestral writing contains some of his most vivid depictions, from the Plague of Flies, the hopping of Frogs, the Thick Darkness and more! Don’t miss this rarely-performed masterpiece. Soloists are sopranos Leslie Fagan and Jamet Pittman, mezzo-soprano Charlotte Paulsen, tenor Oliver Mercer in his Carnegie Hall debut, and baritone Tyler Duncan with bass Kevin Deas in one of Handel’s most famous duets.

Musica Sacra Chorus and Orchestra Kent Tritle, Conductor Wednesday, February 23, 2011, 8 pm

Carnegie Hall, 57th Street at 7th Avenue Leslie Fagan and Jamet Pittman, Sopranos Charlotte Daw Paulsen, Mezzo-Soprano Oliver Mercer, Tenor Tyler Duncan, Baritone Kevin Deas, Bass

LESLIE FAGAN

JAMET PITTMAN

CHARLOTTE DAW PAULSON

OLIVER MERCER

TYLER DUNCAN

KEVIN DEAS


KENT TRITLE

“This chorus is easily the best in this city if not in the country.” —The New York Daily News


Friday, May 13, 2011, 8 pm

Messages to Myself Christopher Theofanidis: Messages to Myself (New York Premiere) Daniel Brewbaker: Mother, Father (World Premiere) Michael Gilbertson: Three Madrigals after Dowland (World Premiere) Zachary Patten: Magnificat (New York Premiere) Behzad Ranjbaran: We Are One (New York Premiere) Christina Whitten: Choral de BĂŞtes

A perfect union of space and music - Musica Sacra celebrates New York composers in the contemporary setting of the newly renovated Alice Tully Hall. This ambitious a cappella concert includes two world premieres and three New York premieres, and will be recorded for commercial release. The music is both sensuous and transcendental, appealing to the ear as lush choral sound animates texts of fascinating poets new and old.

Musica Sacra Chorus Kent Tritle, Conductor Friday, May 13, 2011, 8 pm Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center

Broadway at 65th Street

This program is made possible with generous support from The Sorel Organization. A recording of this program will be produced by MSR Classics for release in fall 2011. The recording is made possible by underwriting from the Richard Westenburg Memorial Fund.


International Tour

Music and Art Nouveau in Old World Europe Early June 2011 Travel through the historic streets of two of Europe’s most beloved cultural capitals. In Prague, enjoy a private guided tour of the “city of a hundred spires” and exceptional performances at the Prague Spring Festival. Then travel on to Vienna, the “Imperial City”. Embrace both its history and contemporary flair through the grand architecture, magnificent museums and worldclass performing arts. For additional information on dates, fees and itinerary, please contact us at info@ MusicaSacraNY.com or 212-330-7684.


Spring Festival Gala Save The Date! March 21, 2011: Enjoy a delightful evening of music as

Kent Tritle and the musicians of Musica Sacra perform a stunning, special performance in support of the concert season. Additional details will be made available this fall.

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Income from concert ticket sales covers less than 50% of what is required for Musica Sacra to operate on a day-to-day basis. It is the generous contributions from classical music lovers like you that allow Musica Sacra to continue presenting the world’s finest choral music in New York City’s most prestigious concert halls. Please help us continue this wonderful tradition and join the Friends of Musica Sacra with a tax-deductible contribution. Please indicate your contribution on the order form. If you prefer, you may also make a contribution online through our website at www.MusicaSacraNY.com or by calling 212-330-7684. Thank you for your support!


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“Mr. Tritle gave the excellent Musica Sacra Chorus full and exciting scope...the group has obviously landed in expert hands.” — The New York Times

2010 –2011 Season

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