Along with one of his beloved organ works

New York (February 2017) – The Cathedral of St. John the Divine presents Duruflé’s Requiem, Four Motets and Prelude and Fugue on Alain, Op. 7. This Great Music in a Great Space concert takes place on Tuesday, February 21, at 7:30 p.m. at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Avenue (at 112th Street), Manhattan.

Duruflé’s Requiem has firmly obtained its place in the choral canon after that of Gabriel Fauré, which was presented as part of this series in 2013. Director of Cathedral Music Kent Tritle conducts the Cathedral Choir and Manhattan School of Music Chamber Choir along with the Manhattan School of Music Chamber Orchestra for this performance. Soloists include Kirsten Sollek, mezzo-soprano, Scott Dispensa, baritone, and Arthur Fiacco, cello. Mr. Tritle performs Duruflé’s organ work, Prelude and Fugue on Alain, Op.7.

Duruflé’s work, based on the Gregorian chants for the Mass of the Dead, is truly a quintessential reflection of early 20th century Parisian liturgical musical culture: consoling and transcendent, the textures of organ and orchestra support the singing of these two choirs within the context of the Cathedral’s Great Choir, which is a superior acoustic space for this music.

Relaunched in 2011, Great Music in a Great Space resumes the legendary Cathedral concert and recital series from the 1980s, showcasing the most exciting composers and performers in the world of choral and instrumental music.

Tickets start at $25. For more information on this and future 2016–2017 series performances or to purchase tickets, please click here.

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, Tritle is in his sixth season as Director of Cathedral Music and organist at New York’s Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine. He is also Music Director of the Oratorio Society of New York and of Musica Sacra. He is Director of Choral Activities and Chair of the Organ Department at the Manhattan School of Music and on the graduate faculty of the Juilliard School. He is organist of the New York Philharmonic and the American Symphony Orchestra. Tritle holds graduate and undergraduate degrees from the Juilliard School in organ performance and choral conducting. He has been featured on ABC World News Tonight, National Public Radio, and Minnesota Public Radio, as well as in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.

About Kirsten Sollek

Called “…a true contralto” by the New York Times and a singer with “elemental tone quality” by the Philadelphia Inquirer, Kirsten Sollek is known for her unique voice and artistry. Recent highlights include the role of The Cow in Lisa Bielawa’s Vireo, Handel’s Resurrezione with the Helicon Ensemble, Mahler’s Third Symphony with Michigan State University Symphony, Brahms’ Alto Rhapsody with the String Orchestra of Brooklyn, and Handel’s Messiah with San Antonio Symphony. In 2011 Ms. Sollek covered the title role in Handel’s Rinaldo for the Glyndebourne Opera Festival. Other opera credits include Rosmira in Boston Baroque’s production of Handel’s Partenope; Bradamante in Handel’s Alcina; and Lucretia in Britten’s Rape of Lucretia. She works extensively with composers John Zorn and Steve Reich, and will be performing for Reich’s 80th birthday celebrations this year at Lincoln Center and Miller Theatre.

About Scott Dispensa

Baritone Scott Dispensa is proud to sing with the Choir of St. John the Divine under Kent Tritle. He has been seen recently on the Metropolitan Opera stage, where he is in his seventh year in the Chorus. Prior to his appointment at the Metropolitan Opera, he was a founding member of the Grammy-nominated male vocal quartet New York Polyphony. With them, he recorded I Sing the Birth and Tudor City for Avie Records. Equally comfortable on the musical theatre stage, he has been seen across the country in a variety of leading roles and is a member of Actor’s Equity. He has been seen as a member of many of the finest professional choral ensembles in New York, including the Clarion Music Society, Musica Sacra, Vox Vocal Ensemble, Early Music New York, and as a member of the St. Thomas Choir of Men and Boys. While at St. Thomas, he was honored to sing Messiah solos under the baton of the late John Scott. Mr. Dispensa is a graduate of Westminster Choir College and the Juilliard School.

About Arthur Fiacco

Arthur Fiacco has maintained a career playing both modern and period cellos. He has toured Europe with Merideth Monk’s opera Atlas, and with the New York City Opera National Company’s production of Carmen; performed with the New Jersey Symphony, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, and the New York City Ballet Orchestra; and serves as principal cellist for the Sacred Music in a Sacred Space series at New York City's St. Ignatius Loyola. Period instrument performances have included Concert Royal, the Four Nations Ensemble, the Grande Bande, and the Connecticut Early Music Festival. He studied with Harvey Shapiro at The Julliard School, Evangeline Benedetti at the Manhattan School of Music, George Ricci at Sarah Lawrence College, and with the Associate Principal Cellist of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Peter Stumpf. Arthur Fiacco has recorded for EMI, MGM, Columbia, Sony, and Newport Classics.

About The Cathedral

The Cathedral of St. John the Divine is the Cathedral of the Episcopal Diocese of New York. It is chartered as a house of prayer for all people and a unifying center of intellectual light and leadership. People from many faiths and communities worship together in services held more than 30 times a week; the soup kitchen serves roughly 25,000 meals annually; social service outreach has an increasingly varied roster of programs; the distinguished Cathedral School prepares young students to be future leaders; Adults and Children in Trust, the renowned preschool, afterschool and summer program, offers diverse educational and nurturing experiences; the outstanding Textile Conservation Lab preserves world treasures; concerts, exhibitions, performances and civic gatherings allow conversation, celebration, reflection and remembrance—such is the joyfully busy life of this beloved and venerated Cathedral.

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