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
History of the Concert Series:
The Church of St. Veronica, a 130 year-old Catholic church on Christopher Street, closed in July of 2017. 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 7th such concert and we look forward to seeing our neighbors there, young, old and everyone in-between.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Church of St. Veronica’s, 149 Christopher Street