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FIVE GLORIOUS EXPERIENCES 

Samuel Carabetta,  Artistic Director

Dorothy Papadakos with Silent Film – Nosferatu

Sunday, October 20, 2019 at 5:00 pm

Dare to enter! Haunted-house lighting and décor set the stage for an early Halloween with the organist and composer Dorothy Papadakos. Showcasing her bold improvisational skills on St. John’s magnificent pipe organ, she will set your spine tingling as you view the cult classic masterpiece Nosferatu.Turner Classic Movies calls it “one of the most foreboding and influential horror films in the history of cinema.”

Ms. Papadakos came to international attention in 1990 when she became the first woman named cathedral organist of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City, a position she held until 2003. She is celebrated for her imaginative improvisations and scores for theater, film, television, and ballet. In her popular sold-out silent-film programs, she specializes in the movies of Charlie Chaplin and Lon Chaney.

Come in costume as your favorite vampire, grab some popcorn, and watch the silver screen’s frightening 1922 German Expressionist masterpiece come alive! Co-sponsored by the American Film Institute.

“She is so creative and improvisational and daring with the organ, it’s bordering on the illegal,” says the high-wire artist Philippe Petit. —New York Times

Buy Tickets – $20

 

The King’s Singers

Sunday, November 3, 2019 at 5:00 pm

In their third appearance here, The King’s Singers bring a diverse repertoire from the Renaissance to the Beatles. The world may have changed in the fifty years since the original lineup of two countertenors, a tenor, two baritones, and a bass came together, but today’s lineup is still the same, charged by the same lifeblood—to radiate the joy that singing brings every day, and to give life to audiences with their virtuosity and vision for an exciting musical future. The group, always in demand, is notable for its seamless harmonies, purity of tone, and wide repertoire. Among their many accolades are two Grammy awards, an Emmy, and a place in Gramophone magazine’s inaugural Hall of Fame.

“The superlative vocal sextet.” —The Times, London

Buy Tickets – $40

 

VOCES8 – HOLIDAY CANDLELIGHT CONCERT

Thursday, December 5, 2019 at 7:00 pm

 

The sensational British vocal ensemble Voces8 starts your holidays with their very welcome third appearance at St. John’s. The group tours throughout Europe, North America, and Asia, inspiring people through music and sharing the joy of singing. Their program here will include music from their Winter and Christmas albums, selected for versatility and the diverse musical expression central to the ensemble’s performance ethos. Join us for their stunning performance by candlelight—an evening not to be missed!
 
“The singing of VOCES8 is impeccable in its quality of tone and balance. They bring a new dimension to the word ‘ensemble’ with meticulous timing and tuning.” –Gramophone

Buy Tickets – $40

 

Chanticleer

Sunday, February 23, 2020 at 5:00 pm

Marking their 42nd season, Chanticleer presents “Trade Winds,” a program celebrating ocean voyaging and exotic climes, for their fourth appearance at St. Johns. Called “the world’s reigning male chorus” by the New Yorker, and named the 2008 Ensemble of the Year by Musical America, the Grammy-winning ensemble is based in San Francisco, where the Chronicle praises their “tonal luxuriance and crisply etched clarity.” Known around the world as “an orchestra of voices,” the group seamlessly blends twelve voices ranging from soprano to bass, in original interpretations of vocal literature from Renaissance to jazz, gospel, and adventurous new music.

“The singing of Chanticleer is breathtaking in its accuracy of intonation, purity of blend, variety of color and swagger of style.” –The Boston Globe
 

Buy Tickets – $40

 

Imani Winds

Sunday, April 19, 2020 at 5:00 pm

During their career of more than two decades, this Grammy-nominated quintet has discovered what audiences value most—a sense of connection, with the music, the performers, and the artistry. This is “what triumph sounds like,” extols the Philadelphia Inquirer. As they seamlessly navigate classical, jazz, and world music idioms, Imani Winds creates a distinct presence through their dynamic playing, culturally relevant programming, virtuosic collaborations, and inspirational outreach programs. In 2016 they received their greatest accolade yet, joining a permanent display on classical music in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.

“The Imani Winds project the rich sound one associates with classical players while also displaying the spontaneous feel of a swinging jazz combo.”  —Times-Picayune, New Orleans

Buy Tickets – $40