Park Avenue Christian Church

Todays Date: 06/29/22
Last Update: 05/06/12 04:56:42 PM
Address: 1010 Park Avenue
New York, NY    10028

History of Productions View Current and Upcoming

International Choirs Concert  | Open: 06/25/12 Close: 06/25/12
The Crossing - Hesperus Is Phosphorus  | Open: 06/05/12 Close: 06/05/12
Network for New Music
Linda Reichert, artistic director

The Crossing
Donald Nally, conductor

Hesperus is Phosphorus - Lewis Spratlan

When composers and musicians are inspired by words — by poems or stories or simple everyday talk between friends — they find new and expressive ways to make those words part of the music itself. In this collaborative program, the Philadelphia-based Network for New Music joins the dazzling singers of The Crossing, directed by Donald Nally, in the world premiere of a major new chamber work by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Lewis Spratlan, described by the New York Times as “a master of timbres and how to blend them.” Hesperus is Phosphorus takes the form of a secular Vespers service; drawing on the words of American poets, playwrights, and physicists, Spratlan’s beautiful new work explores growth and loss in our ever-expanding world of discovery.


This Is My Story, This Is My Song: A Musical Mélange  | Open: 05/26/12 Close: 05/26/12
Jacquelyne Familant, soprano
Ryan Stoudt, bass
Susan Morton, piano

Vier ernste gesange - Johannes Brahms
Schwanengesang (selections) - Franz Schubert
Ausgewählte Lieder - Felix Mendelssohn
Tel jour, telle nuit - Francis Poulenc
I Hate Music! - Leonard Bernstein
Selected Songs - Francesco Paolo Tosti

Talented members of The Park's music staff present the final recital in a series curated around our season's theme. The program will explore a wide range of topics and moods - from Brahm's serious, contemplative Vier ernste gesange to a playful set of children's songs by Leonard Berstein. Works of Poulenc and Schubert plumb the mysteries of life and love, and speak to experiences and feelings that are deeply personal, but also part of our shared human story.


Recital: Three Tenors  | Open: 05/20/12 Close: 05/20/12
Joseph Hudson, tenor
Jose Ruiz, tenor
LaVell Thompson,tenor

Present a joint recital ranging from Neapolitan art songs to Broadway. Including works by Schubert, Schumann, R. Strauss, Liszt, Hahn, Poulenc and Bernstein.


Little Mary Sunshine  | Open: 05/17/12 Close: 05/19/12
 The show is an affectionate parody of American and Viennese operetta as well as Broadway musicals of the first half of the 20th century. The show tells the story of Mary Potts, also known as Little Mary Sunshine, proprietress of the Colorado Inn in the early 20th century, and her romance without Captain "Big Jim" Warrington, the Captain of the Forest Rangers. Mary's maid, Nancy Twinkle, has an on-again, off-again relationship with Corporal Billy Jester.

Music Of Peteris Vasks  | Open: 05/08/12 Close: 05/08/12
The Afiara String Quartet
Yuri Cho, violin
Valerie Li, violin
David Samuel, viola
Adrian Fun, violoncello

Paul Vasile, organ

Viatore (2005) - Peteris Vasks
Canto di forza (2002) - Peteris Vasks
String Quartet No. 4 (1999) - Peteris Vasks

We celebrate the work of acclaimed Latvian composer, Peteris Vasks, with the first New York City program dedicated entirely to his music. Known for deeply spiritual works which often incorporate elements from Latvian music and place them within a dynamic and challenging relationship with the language of contemporary music, the program will feature two monolithic works for organ and Vasks' alternatingly dramatic and tender String Quartet No. 4.

Organist Paul Vasile, the artistic director of Arts at The Park, will perform alongside the all-Canadian Afiara String Quartet, which is widely noted for its engaging, authentic presence and performances balancing “intensity and commitment” with “frequent moments of tenderness.” [The Montreal Gazette]. Winner of the 2008 Concert Artists Guild International Competition, the 2010 Young Canadian Musicians Award, top prizes at the Munich ARD International Music Competition and the Banff International String Quartet Competition, where they also took the Szekely Prize for best Beethoven interpretation, the Afiara String Quartet has lively interest in new works and fresh insight into core classical repertoire.


A Requiem For Extinct Birds And Music For Earth Day  | Open: 04/22/12 Close: 04/22/12
Premier performance of Hannah Lash's "Requiem..." featuring
Kirsten Sollek, mezzo-soprano
Eric Brenner, countertenor
with the Park Avenue Christian Church Sanctuary Choir conducted by Paul Vasile

New Music"

Recital: The Italian Polish Connection  | Open: 03/25/12 Close: 03/25/12
Michelle Trovato, soprano
Susan Morton, piano
Paul Vasile, piano

Songs and piano works by Ottorino Respighi, Karol Szymanowski, Francis Poulenc, Reynaldo Hahn, Frederic Chopin and Paul Vasile

Featuring members and friends of The Park's talented music staff, this unique program explores the idea of heritage and how it shapes us. The artists performing share both Polish and Italian roots and have programmed music by composers from those countries, as well as music by composers who have been inspired by Italian and Polish music and culture.


The Manhattan String Quartet
Curtis Macomber, violin
Calvin Wiersma, violin
John Dexter, viola
Chris Finkel, cello

with John Manasse, clarinet

String Quartet No. 18 in A Major, K. 464 - W.A. Mozart
Quintet for Clarinet and Strings, K. 581 - Mozart

Critically acclaimed as one of America's leading ensembles, The Manhattan String Quartet is celebrating its 41st season. Hailed by Michael Steinberg of the Boston Globe as “a national treasure”, the ensemble has appeared throughout the United States, Europe, Japan, Canada, Mexico and South America. Well known for their performances of 20th-century “classics”, the Manhattan String Quartet has established a significant international reputation as today’s pre-eminent interpreter of the fifteen string quartets of Dmitri Shostakovich.

The MSQ's second appearance on our Spring series features John Manasse, an internationally-recognized soloist and chamber musican whose performances are characterized by a uniquely glorious sound and charismatic performing style. The program contrasts the contrapuntal sophistication of Mozart's Quartet in A Major with the sublime and lyrical Clarinet Quintet.