Tue., Feb 25, 2020

8:00pm  |  95min.

Italy “Unplugged”

 Choral ClassicsWe celebrate and explore the deep friendship and musical relationship between two pillars of Italian classical music: Gioachino Rossini and Giuseppe Verdi.

Inspired by Verdi’s efforts 150 years ago to commemorate the death of his friend Rossini, Choral Classics offers three programs of masterpieces and lesser-known creations that illuminate the close bond between the two great maestri.
|   Main Sanctuary

Choir of St. Ignatius Loyola
K. Scott Warren, conductor
Robert Reuter, conductor
Michael Sheetz, conductor

Italian music excels at the grand and the intimate alike. Amidst a rich tapestry of musical styles and textures, we find the maestri Rossini and Verdi, masters of opera and other large forms, returning to the unaccompanied choir. Anchored by one of the great masses of Palestrina, the first half of this concert explores a seldom-encountered side of Rossini and Verdi with two sumptuous motets by each composer. We complete the evening with Ildebrando Pizzetti’s luminous Requiem, composed in the early 1920’s.


Rossini: Cantemus Domino
Rossini: O salutaris hostia
Palestrina: Missa Sine Nomine a 6
Verdi: Ave Maria & Lauda alla Vergine Maria (from Quattro pezzi sacri)


Pizzetti: Requiem


Hailed by the New York Times as “broad, wide-ranging and powerful” and “a finely polished, stylistically nimble ensemble,” the Choir of St. Ignatius Loyola is comprised of New York’s finest professional choral singers. The core group sings a demanding schedule of weekly parish worship services in a wide range of repertoire, with emphasis on Gregorian chant and works of the Baroque and Romantic eras. Each member is a soloist in his or her own right in a variety of genres including early music, opera, oratorio and contemporary repertoire.

A central feature of Concerts at St. Ignatius, the “wondrous ensemble” (Opera News) expands as required to deliver concert performances with “tremendous expressive and dynamic range” and “remarkable vocal discipline and finesse” (the New York Times). The Choir may be heard on recordings for the MSR Classics and AMDG labels.

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General concert and ticket information

Doors open at 7:15pm.

Late seating is at the discretion of the House Management. Latecomers may be asked to remain in the back of the church until there is a break in the program, so as not to disturb the performance or other audience members.

Will call is available when the doors open at 7:15pm.

Children seated on an adult’s lap do not need a ticket. Children seated in a chair or pew do need a ticket.

We no longer offer tickets for sale or any ticket pickup at the Parish House Reception desk.

Audio and/or video recording and flash photography are not permitted during performances.

Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. All artists and programs are subject to change.


The Church of St. Ignatius Loyola is wheelchair/walker accessible via the ramp entrance on 84th Street (between Park and Madison Avenues).

An accessible restroom is located just inside the Parish House on the ground floor. The Parish House is located closer to 83rd Street on Park Avenue. PLEASE NOTE the Parish House accessible restroom is not in the same building as the main church where the concert is located.

For reserved seating concerts, there is available seating for wheelchairs and companions. Please look for the Wheelchair and Wheelchair Companion tickets when purchasing. For general seating concerts, follow the directions of the ushers. Please call ahead (212-288-2520) to discuss any special seating requirements.


Street parking can be difficult to find, but there are a number of parking garages nearby. There are garages on 83rd Street (between Park and Lexington Avenues) and 84th Street (between Park and Lexington Avenues), as well as near the Metropolitan Museum of Art.


There are a number of fine and casual eating establishments located nearby on Madison Avenue (one block west of the church), Lexington Avenue (one block east of the church), Third Avenue (two blocks east of the church) and Second Avenue (three blocks east of the church).


The Church of St. Ignatius Loyola is easily reached via the 4, 5, and 6 subway lines (86th Street station), or buses on Madison, Lexington and Fifth Avenues, and on 86th Street. View a map with interactive driving and transit directions.