Joyous Christmas Concert at St. Bart’s
Monday, December 11, 2023
325 Park Avenue, between 50th – 51st street
Mark your calendars for the beloved “Joyous Christmas Concert” on Monday, December 11th at 7:30 PM.
This heartwarming performance will feature traditional carols and festive arrangements of sacred and secular Christmas favorites, all brought to life by the renowned musicians of St. Bartholomew’s Choir. These talented performers regularly grace the stages of New York’s most prestigious venues, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Broadway theaters, and renowned jazz clubs.
Accompanying the choir will be the magnificent Aeolian-Skinner organ, one of the world’s largest pipe organs and the largest in New York City. With 12,422 pipes, including the recently restored Celestial division housed in the sanctuary dome, this instrument promises to fill the venue with rich, sonorous sounds that will transport you to the heart of the holiday season.
St. Bartholomew’s Church was founded in January 1835. Its present building, a Byzantine-style structure with an iconic dome, designed by Bertram Goodhue and completed in 1918, has had a vital presence in New York for more than a century. St. Bartholomew’s also became a force in the musical life of the city and the wider church: Legendary musicians such as Leopold Stokowski, who went on to a career as one of the world’s great conductors, Harold Friedell, James Litton, and William Trafka have served the church as Organist and Choirmaster. For many decades, a world-famous weekly series of Evensongs featuring performances of the great oratorios by St. Bartholomew’s Choir was offered free of charge, stressing the parish’s commitment to inclusion by ministering to a wide community. Great Music at St. Bart’s, an outgrowth of these Evensongs, still offers the greater New York City community top-shelf concert performances at very reasonable ticket prices.