ARTS AT ST. JOHN’S -
The Church has been a patron of the arts for centuries. It is arguable that music, drama, painting, literature, and other arts all owe their development to the ways in which these means of expression have been put to use in the expression of faith: the partnership between faith and the arts is both ancient and living. When St John’s in the Village suffered a catastrophic fire in the 1970s, destroying the previous church building on this site, the decision to build a new church along with diverse performance and exhibition spaces came with a mission statement which committed St John’s “to facilitate a continuing dialogue between the Christian faith and the artistic professions, acknowledging in this encounter that we share in common the enterprise of interpreting life, of advancing the quest for truth, and of reaching a fresh vision of reality.”
In this 40th Anniversary Year we are pleased not only to continue this dialogue, but to deepen, enrich, and expand it with the inclusion of new genres of artistic expression not previously presented here and to encourage the commission of new works of music and drama to be premiered here at St John’s. With over forty events in this Autumn-Winter Arts Series we are glad to play our part in the artistic life of Greenwich Village.
In addition to these special events St John’s professional choir offers, every Sunday at 11am, a wide repertoire of sacred choral music in the liturgical context for which it was written.
Fr Graeme Napier Rect
LECTURE/TALK Thursday, September 20, 2018, 7PM
JAMES POLSHEK IN DISCUSSION
Join us for a conversation between longtime Villager and architect James Stewart Polshek and oral historian Sarah Dziedzic addressing Polshek’s life and work, focusing on his projects in Greenwich Village and ideas and ideals
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CONCERT Friday, September 21, 2018, 7:30PM
LOVE: A REFUGE
James Dargan (baritone) and Amir Farid (piano) take you into a place where we can concentrate on how much we all have in common, and how love has enough room for all who love. Music by Brahms and Mahler, arrangements and originals by Dargan, and maybe a spiritual or two. Wine reception. $20.
Tickets may be booked at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/love-a-refuge-tickets-49402451061
SPECIAL SERVICE WITH LECTURE/TALK
Sunday, September 23, 2018, 11AM
RATTLESTICK THEATER ‘AT HOME’
11am Choral Eucharist ‘Celebrating the Arts’ followed by a catered lunch in St Benedict’s Courtyard.
Then at 2pm we are given a preview of the restructuring work underway in our theater (with personnel from Rattlestick, our resident theater company) with discussion on the arts provision in the Village.
SINGING Monday, September 24, 2018, 7:30PM
CHANT WORKSHOP (PART 1)
Discover the fundamentals of Gregorian chant performance, with Professor Lawrence Harris, by singing the most evocative chant melodies in the repertoire. Ideal for choral conductors and others interested in plainsong. Free. Register by phone or email to: email@example.com
CONCERT Thursday, September 27, 2018, 8:00PM
Singer-songwriters Hannah Reimann, Scott Chasolen, Alan Chappel, and Betsy Hirsch perform gratis to raise funds for sound equipment which will enable St John’s to present this genre of music more professionally. $25 ($35 front row). No senior allocation: standby only.
If you are unable to attend this concert, but would like to donate to the sound equipment project, please do so here: https://www.gofundme.com/ConcertsatStJohnsFundraiserandBenefitConcert
All contributions, no matter how small, are most gratefully received.
CONCERT Friday, September 28, 2018, 8:00PM
40TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT: SPEM IN ALIUM
C4, Voyces, St John’s Choir, Schiller Institute Chorale, Ember, Uptown Polyphony, and other choral ensembles join forces in a concert of English Renaissance music culminating in ‘Spem in Alium’, the 40-part motet by Thomas Tallis. $25. No senior allocation: standby only.
Book at: spem.eventbrite.com
LECTURE/TALK Saturday, September 29, 2018, 11AM
WINDOWS INTO HEAVEN
Art historian Professor Dennis Raverty, using the icons of St John’s as illustration, explains the revival of traditional iconography in the East and its introduction into the West. Includes lunch. Free but booking is essential.Limited to 20 places.
Book at newicons.eventbrite.com or 212 243 6192.
LECTURE/TALK Saturday, September 29, 2018, 7:30PM
EDGAR TAFEL: THE ARCHITECT AND THE MAN
Local architect Edgar Tafel designed St John’s in the Village in the 1970s. As we mark the 40th anniversary of his church we look into his apprenticeship with Frank Lloyd Wright and his work in Manhattan. Includes wine reception. Free but booking is essential.
Presented by local architect Brian Pape.
SPECIAL SERVICE Sunday, September 30, 2018, 11AM
DEDICATION FESTIVAL SERVICE
Music by Mozart: Missa Brevis in D with string ensemble, Laudate Dominum, and Ave Verum Corpus. Followed by lunch. Free but booking is advised for catering purposes.
Each Sunday in October the 11:00 AM Choral Eucharist will be followed by Lunch then a 3:00 PM Concert featuring the same composer (or musical genre) in both Eucharist and concert. The Choral Eucharist, to which those of all faiths and none are welcome, is sung by the professional Choir of St John’s. Eucharist and lunch are free, but booking for lunch advised. Book for the concerts ($10-$20, but free to seniors and children) online or pay on the door.
Sunday, October 7, 2018 MOSTLY MOZART
CHORAL EUCHARIST 11 AM
Missa Brevis in D, Ave Verum Corpus, and hymns by Haydn.
CONCERT Sunday, October 7, 2018, 3 PM
EVERETT SUTTLE, TENOR
DRAMA October 10 - 2 December
Lewiston/Clarkston will be presented on a double bill on the Rattlestick Mainstage. It will be the first time ever that the two plays - written to be in conversation with one another - will play the same space. From $63. No senior allocation or standby.
CONCERT Friday, October 12, 7:30 PM
A Date with Mozart
This concert will be a celebration of the grand musician and masterpiece composer W.A. Mozart. Soprano Katrin Bulke performs famous opera scenes accompanied by pianist Juan Lazero. Colorful effects will be brought by the guest singers Darrell Lauer (tenor) and Keith Milkie (baritone) at this evening full of love. Come and get together with the artists at the wine reception afterwards.
BOOK LAUNCH AND CONCERT
Saturday, October 13, 2018
RECKLESS DAUGHTER: IN WORD AND SONG
Book launch & author signing of the paperback edition of David Yaffe’s ‘Reckless Daughter: A Portrait of Joni Mitchell’ featuring a concert performance of Mitchell’s music by Hannah Reimann.
To book online click here.
Sunday, October 14, 2018 STEAL AWAY
CHORAL EUCHARIST, 11 AM
Wade in the water, Steal away to Jesus (choir); There is a balm in Gilead, Go down Moses, Let us break bread together, and other spirituals (community singing); Were you there when they crucified my Lord (organ).
CONCERT 3 PM
SCHILLER INSTITUTE NYC CHORUS
AN AFTERNOON OF SPIRITUALS
Listen to the music which composer Antonin Dvorak said contained “everything necessary for a great and noble school of American classical composition.” Traditional spiritual arrangements and compositions by William Dawson, and Hall Johnson and pioneering female African-American composer Evelyn Pittman (pictured).
$10 - $20
To book online click here
SINGING Monday, October 15, 2018, 7:30PM
CHANT WORKSHOP (PART 2)
Chanting Like the Monks. Singing in a sublime arc. The lightness and natural flow of the Latin text. Continuation of the chant workshop.
To register, or for more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
CONCERT Saturday, October 20, 2018, 7:30PM
This program explores the music of Thomas Morley, one of the greatest composers of the Elizabethan period in England. Building on the work of his mentor, William Byrd, Morley combined masterful technique and an intimate knowledge of the Italian madrigal style to develop the quintessentially English style on display in such beloved works as “Sing we and chant it”, “My bonny lass she smileth”, and “Fyer, fyer”. But there was more to Morley than this: he also composed sacred works and lute songs, and published important collections of works by his English and Italian contemporaries. Our program samples all of this music. Featured will be canzonets, madrigals, balletts, lute songs, and sacred works by Morley himself, along with music of other composers that was published by Morley, and Italian works that had a particular influence on him. Come join us for an evening of madrigals, merriment, and more!
No advance ticketing: donations (suggestion: $20, $10 student/senior) at the door.
Sunday, October 21, 2018 BACK TO BACH
CHORAL EUCHARIST 11 AM
Suscepit Israel (from Magnificat), So nur den Geist, and Bach chorales.
CONCERT 3 PM
TALI ROTH, GUITAR
Program: Bach Lute Suite, and music by Brahms, Albeniz, and Piazzola.
One of the world’s leading and most charismatic guitarists, Tali Roth has been hailed by Classical Guitar magazine as "an extraordinary solo and chamber musician” and by The New York Times as a “marvelous classical guitarist”. Ms. Roth is a graduate of the Jerusalem Rubin Academy (B.M) and The Juilliard School (M.M.) She has led the NYU Guitar Department from 2008-2011, has presented master classes throughout the world and has been a fellowship-teaching assistant at the Aspen Music Festival.
To book online click here
CONCERT Friday, October 26, 2018, 7:30PM
GREY ROCK BENEFIT CONCERT
Concert with Hannah Reimann, Pablo Aslan & Nick Farago to benefit “Grey Rock” by The Remote Theater Project, a collaboration between Palestinian actors, writer/director Amir Nizar Zuabi, and US designers. Grey Rock premieres in January at La MaMa Theater. Includes video presentation and reception.
Sunday, October 28, 2018 ODE TO JOY
CHORAL EUCHARIST, 11 AM
Music by Beethoven and Mendelsohn.
CONCERT 3 PM
MARYAM KHEIRBEK, PIANO
Foundation for the Revival of Classical Culture presents Maryam Kheirbek in concert playing Beethoven’s Sonata Op. 90, Op. 110, and Chopin’s Ballads No 3&4. $10-$20.
CONCERT Saturday, November 3, 2018, 7:30PM
AMBER PLUS: I
Soprano Amber Evans teams up with different instrumentalist in a mini-series within our concert series. Here with Thomas Feng (piano) she performing Messiaen’s Chants de terre et de ciel, Tippett’s The Heart’s Assurance, and Lachenmann’s Got Lost.
CONCERT Sunday, November 4, 2018, 3PM
Foundation for the Revival of Classical Culture presents Yaegy Park (violin), Brenden Zak (violin), and Jonathan DePeri (piano) in a performance of Bach’s Double Violin Concerto in D minor, the Violin Partita No 2, and Paganini’s Caprice 24. $10-$20.
CONCERT Saturday, November 10, 2018, 7PM
LEST WE FORGET
A concert of choral and other music by Ember (Schola Cantorum on Hudson) marking the Centenary of the Armistice (11 November 1918), the end of the First World War. $20, $15 (seniors), free to veterans and children.
To book online click here
SPECIAL SERVICE Sunday, November 11, 2018, 11AM
REQUIEM: FOR THE FALLEN
A full liturgical performance of Gabriel Fauré’s exquisite Requiem, marking the Centenary of the Armistice (11 November 1918), and honoring those Greenwich Village women and men killed in WWI and subsequent conflicts. Followed by
CONCERT Sunday, November 11, 2018, 3PM
MARGARITA ROVENSKAYA & STRINGS
Foundation for the Revival of Classical Culture presents Margarita Rovenskaya (piano) and string trio in a performance of Beethoven’s Cello Sonata in A major, Schubert’s Nocturne for Piano Trio in E flat, and Tchaikovsky’s Meditation. $10-$20.
Monday Evening, November 12, 6:15 PM
SPECIAL SERVICE AND BOOK LAUNCH
Evensong is sung to plainsong, the music of the medieval West, and followed by the launch of Stephen Morris's new study of the medieval East, “The Early Eastern Orthodox Church: A History, AD 60-1453.” The author will read brief excerpts from the newly-released work—which was a bestselling #1 New Release on Amazon—and engage in conversation as well as Q&A. Books can be purchased and signed by the author; drinks will be served.
To register click here: orthodox.eventbrite.com
JAZZ NIGHT, Friday, November 16, 2018
CHARU SURI TRIO
Enjoy a little evening jazz by the Charu Suri Trio, with J. Brunka on the bass, Jay O'Brien on the drums, and Suri on the piano. The trio performs classic jazz melodies and excerpts from its first original album, Lollipops for Breakfast, debuting on iTunes on 15 November, with South Indian music influences from Suri's hometown in Chennai, India. $20. Wine reception.
For tickets click here: jazztrio.eventbrite.com
CONCERT Saturday, November 17, 2018, 3 PM
PETERSBURG: A VOCAL POEM
Foundation for the Revival of Classical Culture presents Frank Matthis (baritone) and Jonathan DePeri (piano) in a performance of Sviridov’s Petersburg and songs by Rachmaninoff. $10-$20.
CONCERT Saturday, November 17, 2018, 7:30PM
AMBER PLUS: II
Amber Evans (soprano) with Issei Herr (cello) performing Hansen’s Three Minatures, Birtwistle’s 9 Settings of Lorraine Niedecker, Babbitt’s Autobiography of the Eye, Tavener’s Lament for Phaedra, Carter’s Movement 4 from Tempo e Tempi, plus a premier of a work with electronics by Su Jin Kang. $20.
SINGING Monday, November 19, 2018, 7:30PM
CHANT WORKSHOP (PART 3)
Breathing new life into the much-loved Mass of the Angels, and how to correct commonly entrenched habits!
CONCERTS Friday, November 30, 2018
FERRARA INTERNATIONAL PIANO FESTIVAL
AT ST JOHN’S
The Ferrara Piano Festival is a prestigious international musical competition held annually July in Ferrara, in the comune of Emilia-Romagna, Italy. Over and above the annual competition the Festival works to promote international cooperation and understanding between American and European musicians. In 2019 the Festival will present a series of concerts in New York City (here at St John’s in the Village) featuring Italian and other European pianists, singers, and instrumentalists. These two concerts, on 29 and 30 November 2018, are the launch of that series, and details of 2019’s programming will be available at each concert. More details will soon be available.
No advance ticketing: donations (suggestion: $20, $10 student/senior) on the door.
CONCERT Saturday, December 1, 2018, 3PM
Foundation for the Revival of Classical Culture presents Margarita Rovenskaya & Xiao Chen (piano) in a performance of music for four hands: Schubert’s Fantasia in F minor, D 940; Rachmaninoff’s Six Morceaux, Op.11; and works by Chopin.
CONCERT Saturday, December 1, 2018, TBD
C4 presents world premieres of music by Alexander Boostrom, Cem Güven, Tamsin Jones, Jamie Klenetsky Fay, Anselm McDonnell, Artemisz Polonyi, and Harriet Steinke; with a composer talk-back, where the composers can engage with the audience. $15, $20 (at the door), $4 (students).
SPECIAL SERVICE Sunday, December 2, 2018, 4.30PM
CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT
A service of lessons and carols for Advent with St John’s (professional) Choir followed by a mulled wine reception. Free
SPECIAL SERVICE Saturday, December 8, 2018, 5PM
NULLA EST IN TE MACULA
Solemn Evensong for the Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, sung by Voyces (of Staten Island). Music by Britten, Parsons, Purcell, and others. Mulled wine reception. Free but booking is advised for catering purposes.
CONCERT Sunday, December 9, 2018, 3PM
SONGS FOR CHRISTMAS
Foundation for the Revival of Classical Culture persents Everett Suttle (tenor) and Indira Mahajan (soprano) in a festive recital of sesonal song. $10-$20.
CONCERT Friday, December 14, 2018, 8PM
IN GUT WE TRUST
This fall the Mob celebrates feelings, instinct, and, of course, digestion. It’s amazing how many songs seem to be about feelings but are really about food. And why search for truth when you can have a hamburger instead?
CONCERT Saturday, December 15, 2018, 7:30PM
AMBER PLUS: III
Amber Evans (soprano) with Jon Clancy (percussion) perform works by B. Younge, A. Perini, K. Soper, S. Steen-Andersen, and A.L. Scartazzini. $20.
CONCERT Sunday, December 16, 2018, 3PM
BACH’S SOLO CANTATAS
Foundation for the Revival of Classical Culture presents Frank Mathis (baritone) and Jonathan DePeri (piano) performing Bach’s solo cantatas. $10-$20.
CONCERT Friday, December 21, 2018, 7:30PM
AMBER PLUS: IV
Amber Evans (soprano) with Sam Zagnit (double bass) perform several works including Furrer’s Lotofagos I, Zagnit’s Scene 3a from the opera “now/here sea/son,” Deak’s The Ugly Duckling part I and part 2 (joined by guest artists quartet121) and other works.
CONCERT Saturday, December 22, 2018, TBD
A feast of early music for voices and period instruments. $TBD.
SPECIAL SERVICE Sunday, December 23, 2018, TBD
CAROLES BY CANDEL-LĒOHT
Lessons & Carols by candlelight with early music for voices and period instruments, along with ‘new’ mediëval music. Readings in Middle English from John Wycliffe’s 14th century translation of the Bible. A reception of hypocras and sweetmeats follows. Free but booking is advised for catering purposes.
SPECIAL SERVICE Monday, December 24, 2018, TBD
CHRISTMAS EVE CAROLS & MIDNIGHT MASS
Carol-singing in the candle-lit church proceeds traditional Midnight Mass of Christmas, with professional choir of children and adults. Free.
SPECIAL SERVICE Tuesday, December 25, 2018, TBD
CHRISTMAS DAY MASS BY CANDLELIGHT
The ‘Christ-mass’ is sung to the timeless music of plainsong in the candle-lit church. Free.
SPECIAL SERVICE AND DINNER Thursday, December 27, 2018, TBD
Patronal Mass by Candlelight with fully catered Long Table Boar’s Head Dinner with the singing of the Boar’s Head Carol.
Booking, both for free and for charging events, is chiefly via our website. A link within the event description will take you to online ticketing. In some cases online ticketing will not become available until a month or so before the event. Those who cannot access the internet are encouraged to ask friends or family for assistance and to book in that way. Tickets can, however, be purchased in cash on the door (except when an event has sold out).
St John’s is aware that many residents of Greenwich Village, particularly those on fixed incomes, find access to the arts a challenge. That is why St John’s events are typically economically priced or simply free. We offer, however, further access in two ways.
⦁ Unless otherwise stated each event has an allocation of free seniors’ places which can be booked in advance. Bookings open, by email or phone, one week prior to the event and close at noon on the day before the event.
⦁ In our ‘Senior Standby’ scheme seats unsold at the time of the event can be given to seniors at the door free on a first-come first-served basis. This would typically be a few minutes before the event begins. There is no guarantee of admission.
Phone: 212 243 6192