Thu., Oct 17, 2019
8:00pm  |  130min.
Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle
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
This concert has been made possible through the generous support of the Isaacson-Draper Foundation.
Choir of St. Ignatius Loyola
K. Scott Warren, conductor
Elisa Singer Strom, soprano
Augusta Caso, mezzo-soprano
Douglas Purcell, tenor
Enrico Lagasca, bass
Amir Farid, piano
Michael Sheetz, piano
Artis Wodehouse, harmonium
There is nothing petite about this monumental mass setting, which Rossini wrote following a thirty-year self-imposed retirement from composing opera. It is a tour-de-force for chorus and soloists alike, and is one of the many reasons Rossini earned the respect of his dear friend Giuseppe Verdi. We present the piece in its original—and Rossini’s preferred—form: chamber choir accompanied by two pianos and harmonium, with four vocal soloists.
Gioachino Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle
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.