CONCERT PROGRAM, Handel Messiah
MONDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2017, 8:00 PM
Kent Tritle, Conductor
Kent Tritle is one of the leading choral conductors in the United States. During his tenure with the Oratorio Society of New York, he has led it in the standard repertory, rarely performed works, and premieres such as the world premiere of Juraj Filas’s Song of Solomon and the New York premieres of Paul Moravec’s Blizzard Voices and Marjorie Merryman’s Jonah. Under his direction members of the chorus have also performed in Europe and South America and in concerts presented by the New York Philharmonic.
Mr. Tritle is Director of Cathedral Music and organist at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine and is Music Director of Great Music in a Great Space, the cathedral’s concert series he reinstated in 2011. Kent Tritle is also Music Director of Musica Sacra.
Kent Tritle has made more than 20 recordings on the Telarc, AMDG, Epiphany, Gothic, VAI, MSR Classics, and Pro Organo labels. Among his most recent are Music from a Higher Sphere, an arrangement of Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 for chorus, soloists, and organ by organist David Briggs, performed by Briggs, the Oratorio Society of New York, and choruses and orchestra of the Manhattan School of Music; and two with Musica Sacra, Eternal Reflections: Choral Music of Robert Paterson, and Messages to Myself, recent works by Daniel Brewbaker, Michael Gilbertson, Zachary Patten, Behzad Ranjbaran, and Christopher Theofanidis. In 2013 he led a recording of Juraj Filas’s Requiem: oratio spei, dedicated to the victims of 9/11, with the Prague Symphony Orchestra.
An acclaimed organ virtuoso, Mr. Tritle is the organist of the New York Philharmonic and the American Symphony Orchestra. He performs regularly in Europe and throughout the United States. Recital venues have included the Leipzig Gewandhaus, the Zurich Tonhalle, the Church of St. Sulpice, Dresden’s Hofkirche, King’s College at Cambridge, and Westminster Abbey.
Mr. Tritle holds graduate and undergraduate degrees from the Juilliard School and serves on the faculty there, as well as at the Manhattan School of Music where he is Director of Choral Activities, has established a doctoral program in choral conducting, and serves as chair of the organ department. Kent Tritle is renowned as a master clinician, giving workshops on conducting and repertory; in 2017 he made his fourth appearance as a featured conductor at Berkshire Choral International, leading Mahler’s Symphony No. 8, and led his third summer workshop at the Amherst Early Music Festival. In recent years he has also led workshops at Summer@Eastman and at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki.