A French Baroque Christmas: Music of Marc-Antoine Charpentier

Thursday, December 05, 2019

The Choir of St. Luke in the Fields, under the direction of David Shuler, presents A French Baroque Christmas: Music of Marc-Antoine Charpentier, on Thursday, December 5, 2019 at 8 p.m. at the Church of St. Luke in the Fields, 487 Hudson Street.  The choir will be joined by Baroque in the Fields, an orchestra of period instruments. There will be a lecture by Albert Bellefeuille at 7 p.m.       

The French noël represents a tradition of popular Christmas celebration and rich source of melodies that became a preoccupation of French composers.  The concert will feature Charpentier’s delightful Messe de Minuit (‘Midnight Mass’), written perhaps for Christmas 1694, based on ten of these popular carol melodies. The program will include Charpentier’s oratorio In Nativitatem Domini, H.414, and the O Antiphons, H.36-43.

The Choir of St. Luke in the Fields is the resident vocal ensemble at the Church of St. Luke in the Fields in New York City's historic Greenwich Village. Under the direction of David Shuler since 1988, the Choir regularly performs masses and motets dating from the fifteenth century to the present as part of the church's liturgy. They are known for their historically informed performances of Early Music. The Choir presented the North American premieres of Georg Phillip Telemann's St. Matthew Passion (1746) in 2003 and St. Luke Passion (1748) in 2013. In 2011, the ensemble gave the first New York City performance of C.P.E. Bach's St. Matthew Passion (1769). The 2015 season featured a rare performance of Handel’s Esther – his first English oratorio. Their most recent recording, Music of Pierre de Manchicourt: Missa Reges Terrae and other works, was released to critical acclaim on the MSR label in September 2016.   In November 2018, they released a recording of Palestrina’s Missa Tu es Petrus and motets, also on the MSR label.

The Church of Saint Luke in the Fields is located at 487 Hudson Street in Greenwich Village, one block south of Christopher Street. Tickets are $35, and $25 for students and senior citizens.  Tickets will be available at the door or in advance at bit.ly/stlukeconcertix.  For further information, ticket sales or reservations, please call 212-414-7440 or write to music@stlukeinthefields.org

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

This program is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

               

PERFORMANCE INFORMATION:

The Choir of Saint Luke in the Fields, directed by David Shuler

Thursday, December 5, 2019 at 8 p.m. (lecture at 7 p.m.)
A French Baroque Christmas: Music of Marc-Antoine Charpentier

The Church of St. Luke in the Fields, 487 Hudson Street, NYC

Tickets: $35 ($25 for students, seniors)

Information and reservations, (212) 414-7440, music@stlukeinthefields.org

Tickets: bit.ly/stlukeconcertix