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Mid-Manhattan Performing Arts Foundation (MMPAF) brings Great Music between Fall and Spring every year. The Great Music at St. Bart's strives to cultivate, promote, sponsor and develop an understanding and love of great music as presented at St. Bartholomew's Church.

Check out our current 2018-2019 season brochure or peruse the concerts and events page, and as always, please consider becoming a member of the Great Friends of Music Guild.

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Sunday, October 28, 2018 at 7:00 pm
Et in Terra Pax: A Concert for Home MMPAF

Haydn’s Missa in Angustiis (Mass for Troubled Times) was written in 1798, a time of great instability and turbulence in Europe. From the gripping and intense Kyrie, to the life affirming Dona Nobis Pacem, this work transcends its time and offers hope to us in our own time. Ola Gjeilo’s Song of the Universal is a setting of verses from Whitman’s great work. According to the composer, “I love the unabashed optimism, exuberance and his unwavering confidence in our deeper humanity.” Arvo Pärt’s Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten and John Tavener’s The Lamb complete this evening of powerful music. The concert will be conducted by Jason C. Tramm, hailed as a “conductor to watch” by Symphony Magazine.

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Friday, November 2, 2018 at 7:30 pm
Jason Roberts Accompanies A Sailor-Made Man MMPAF

Harold Lloyd, along with Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin, was one of the most popular and influential comedians of the silent film era; and A Sailor-Made Man is his first full-length motion picture. Lloyd plays a wealthy, idle young man who joins the navy to win the hand of a girl. Lloyd was a champion of the organ: he would not allow his films to be accompanied by pianists! Jason Roberts will offer a live, improvised accompaniment to this film on St. Bart’s magnificent Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ: come experience the film as its first audiences might have.

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MMPAF St Barts Organ

Did you know? St. Bartholomew's Church, founded in 1835, is home to the largest pipe organ in New York City, and one of the largest in the country. William Trafka has been the Director of Music and Organist at St. Bart's since 1995. Douglass Hunt served as Organ Curator from 1980-2014.

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