Music at St. Thomas Church

St. Thomas Episcopal Church on Fifth Avenue (down the block from the Modern)

The Museum of Modern Art, 1939

The Museum of Modern Art, 1939

is famous for its extremely skilled English-style boys’ choir, which regularly sings services as well as concerts. The concert season includes choral pieces featuring the choir (Messiah and Ceremony of Carols in December, Purcell in March, St. Matthew Passion in April, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solenelle in May), and also, sans boys, organ concerts and the Couperin Lecons Tenebres at Easter. They get what looks like good backup for their early music; I’m marking the November 12 concert by the Yale Schola Cantorum (with the Yale Collegium, led by Robert Mealy). The men of New York Polyphony (who were so good at the GEMS concert on September 27), the English Consort, and others will perform on various programs. John Scott, the music director, also programs new music, and the season will close with a premiere. From an ugly website for the church you can link to handsome pages on the music program, formatted for some reason as .pdfs.

[Anyone who can show me an easy way to get correct characters, like the c with cedilla in “lecons,” into posts wins — well, wins my gratitude.]


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