WestView News Presents: Music at St. Veronica's

Tuesday, September 11, 2018
149 Christopher Street

7:00 PM

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By attending events at St. Veronica’s, you and only you can transform this 120 year-old gothic cathedral into your neighborhood concert venue.

Father Santiago Rubio has given his “enthusiastic support” to reopen the doors of St. Veronica’s and to turn it into a concert hall. Success depends on the attendance at the Saturday, November 25th and subsequent December holiday concerts.

The first concert will be held on Saturday, November 25 at 7:30pm

By attending events at St. Veronica’s, you and only you can transform this 120 year-old gothic cathedral into your neighborhood concert venue.

Father Santiago Rubio has given his “enthusiastic support” to reopen the doors of St. Veronica’s and to turn it into a concert hall. Continued success depends on the attendance at the Saturday, December 23rd holiday concert.

New York Baroque Incorporated will perform a holiday concert at
St. Veronicas on Saturday, December 23 at 7:30pm

The Program

This concert marks a new series: “Sounds of the Great Religions”!

Interspersed with our concerts from the masters of classical music (next month is Vivaldi!), we will also bring to you the musical inspirations that have elevated mankind for thousands of years across several cultures. Music has an ineffable quality to it. It’s power is mystical and leaves us humbled by its influence. Throughout this new concert series, we will explore the litany of masterpieces inspired by the spiritual. 

The first concert will feature hymns from the Greek Orthodox Tradition and performed by Archdiocesan Byzantine Choir.

1. O Theotokos, I, your city.

2. What shall we offer you, O Christ.

3. 9th Ode of the Canon for the Feast Entrance of the Lord Into the Temple.

3. As many of you as were baptized.

4. The Great Prokeimenon of the Great Forty-Day Fast.

5. Great Friday- They stripped me of my garments.

6. Canon of Pascha.

8. Heavenly King.

9. The Great Doxology.

 

 

History of the Concert Series:

The Church of St. Veronica, a 130 year-old Catholic church on Christopher Street, closed in July of 2017 due to low-attendance at Sunday masses. When WestView News publisher George Capsis received a letter from one of his readers informing him of the fact, he knew something had to be done.

Rather than see the church closing as another casualty of the rapidly “disappearing Village”, Capsis believed that this was an opportunity to bring the community together. The West Village is a highly desirable area in New York city because of its small-town neighborhood feel (hence “The Village”) in one of the biggest metropoles in the world. That neighborhood feel, however, is at risk as property values skyrocket and condominiums come to replace the iconic brownstones. Most troubling to Capsis, a nonagenarian himself, was seeing his fellow senior citizens (who have remained in the West Village thanks to rent-stabilized apartments) excluded from enjoying the community they built. For that reason, WestView News has been hosting classical music concerts at the Church of St. Veronica since November of 2017. This next concert will the 5th such concert and we look forward to seeing our neighbors there, young, old and everyone in-between.

The Program

Haydn: Symphony No. 39 in G minor, Hob I/39

Mozart: Concerto in C major for Flute and Harp, KV 299/297Mélanie Genin harp, Catherine Gregory flute

Mozart: Bella mia fiamma, addio—Resta, oh cara, KV 528

Haydn: Se la mia stella, from the comic opera Mondo della luna Hob. 28/7Ariadne Greif, soprano

Schubert: Symphony No. 5 in Bb Major, D.485 (3 October, 1816)

The Program – February 2018

Bach: Suite (Overture) No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068
Bach: Concerto for two violins in D minor, BWV 1043
Mozart: Motet for soprano and orchestra, Exsultate, jubilate, K. 165
Mozart: Symphony No. 36 in C major, “The Linz Symphony,” K. 425

The Orchestra at Saint Veronica: Michael S Feldman, Music Director;
Mitsuru Tsubota, Concertmaster; Catherine Gregory, flute;
Mélanie Genin, harp; Ariadne Greif, soprano

Here is some background information on the talented artists who will be performing at the February concert:

Soprano Christine Lyons has been described as a “sparkling soprano” by the Broad Street Review. During the 2017-2018 season, she sings the title role in Puccini’s Suor Angelica (with New York Lyric Opera), Giulietta in Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi (with Saltworks Opera), and Micaëla in Carmen (with Opera Ithaca). Lyons is a 2017 Second Prize Winner in the New York Lyric Opera Theatre National Vocal Competition.

Conductor Michael Feldman founded the St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble (now the Orchestra of St. Luke’s) in 1974 and led them to Caramoor, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and BAM. He has completed more than 75 recordings, made numerous television appearances on PBS, and toured the U.S., Europe, Japan, and Canada. Feldman was the Music Director of The Washington Ballet and, presently, is a guest scholar at the Barry S. Brook Center for Music Research and Documentation.

Violinist Eriko Sato is a member and frequent concertmaster of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. She made her solo debut at age 13, and has performed as a soloist with orchestras in Louisville, San Francisco, and Tokyo. Sato is currently a faculty member at the Hoff-Barthelson Music School and the Mannes School of Music (Preparatory Division), where she teaches violin and chamber music.

Violinist Mitsuru Tsubota has been a member of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s since 1989. She began her studies at the age of five and was a soloist with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra at 10. Since 1982, Tsubota has performed regularly with the New England Bach Festival. She is a co-founder and principal violinist of the Strathmere Ensemble, and has served as concertmaster for all of Westchester Oratorio Society’s choral-orchestral performances.

Hailed as “truly excellent” and “studded with stars in the making” (New York Times), New York Baroque Incorporated (NYBI) is a conductorless orchestra of period instruments in New York City, bringing vital, informed, and fresh performances of a wide range of 17th and 18th-century repertoire, as well as creating a vibrant landscape for collaborations between historical performance and living composers. NYBI has collaborated with renowned soloists including Richard Egarr, Vivica Genaux, Monica Huggett, and has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Spoleto Festival USA. Striving to make period instruments a living art form, NYBI has premiered works by Nico Muhly, Hollis Taylor, and Huang Ruo. The orchestra also dedicates itself to bring to life unknown works of the Baroque, and has revived and presented modern-day premieres of Cavalli’s Veremonda (1652), Aliotti’s Santa Rosalia (1687) and Seckendorff’s Proserpina (1777).

In 2017, NYBI launched a partnership with the Trinity Wall Street Choir and presented the popular free weekly concert series “Bach At One”. Fall 2017 will see a new collaboration with The Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys as NYBI teams up with the group as their house baroque orchestra.

NYBI’s 2017-18 season highlights include Handel’s Messiah with The Saint Thomas Choir, a program of French dance music with baroque violist Robert Mealy at the Met Museum, and an American premiere of “M Stabat Mater” with Inbal Oshman Dance Group presented by Peak Performances.

December 23rd New York Baroque Incorporated Program
Antonio Vivaldi
Georg Philipp Telemann
Arcangelo Corelli
Arcangelo Corelli Concerto grosso “Fatto per la notte di Natale”
Antonio Vivaldi “Il Riposo” per il Santo Natale – Concerto for muted violin, RV 270
Edson Scheid, Soloist
Vivaldi Concerto in D Minor, RV 565
intermission
Georg Philipp Telemann Overture in F Major, TWV 55:F7 “A la pastorelle”
Vivaldi Concerto in B minor for 4 violins and cello, RV 580
Wen Yang, Artistic Director
Bach: Weichet nur, betrubte Schatten, BWV 102, Wedding Cantata
Mozart: Serenade in D major (Serenata notturna) K. 239
Haydn: Symphony No.47 in G major, Hob I:47
This inaugural concert is part of a grassroots effort now underway in the hopes of creating a multi-purpose spiritual space to further enrich community life here in the village.

Your attendance at this first concert will demonstrate that the West Village and all of the adjacent neighborhoods want, will support, and fund a permanent home for music and arts.

This concert series is part of a grassroots effort now underway in the hopes of creating a multi-purpose spiritual space to further enrich community life here in the village.

Your attendance at this concert will demonstrate that the West Village and all of the adjacent neighborhoods want, will support, and fund a permanent home for music and arts.

Donations welcomed

The Church of St. Veronica’s, 149 Christopher Street