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The Future – 2021

We look forward to continuing the Great Music at St. Bart’s legacy of presenting a compelling survey of centuries of great music from the world over, from one of the most compelling weekly series of early music in the US to cutting-edge new works from today’s highly innovative composers.

Great Music at St. Bart’s has truly established its place in the rich cultural tapestry of New York City. Great Music is produced by the Mid-Manhattan Performing Arts Foundation, an independent 501(c)(3) corporation established to cultivate, promote, sponsor and develop the understanding and love of the performing arts as presented at St. Bartholomew’s Church, a treasured masterpiece of architecture on the east side of Manhattan’s midtown.

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MMPAF Online Events 2020 - 2021

New York City Chapter of The American Guild of Organists 2021 Presidents' Day Conference: French Music in America

Monday, February 15th – 7 PM – Recital from Saint Bartholomew’s Church
MMPAF Adoration of the Magi

Renowned performer and recording artist Christopher Houlihan, known for his vivid interpretation of French repertoire, will give a recital on the largest instrument in Manhattan, the famous five-manual, 225-rank Aeolian-Skinner organ at Saint Bart’s Church on Park Avenue.

This year's Presidents' Day Conference will be offered exclusively online and may be viewed via our NYCAGO Facebook Page or YouTube Channel. Each of the three sessions will last no longer than one hour. They will be archived on our YouTube Channel for later viewing.

Subscribe to The New York City Chapter of the American Guild of Organists here to stay current on the diverse concerts and recitals offered throughout the year.

Christopher Houlihan, organist


Premiered Monday, December 14th at 7pm
MMPAF Adoration of the Magi

A much beloved and popular Christmas program, normally filled to capacity, Adoration of the Magi returns. Jeff Morrissey and Bill Trafka perform in St. Bartholomew’s Church recounting the story of the Nativity.

The program is inspired by the elegant paintings that adorn the 1919 Ethel Parsons Paullin and Telford Paullin mural in St. Bartholomew’s Children's’ Chapel. The beautiful Adoration of the Magi and the 13 medallions surrounding it depict subjects connected with the Nativity of Christ. Enjoy traditional carols, carols from around the world, spirituals, and popular Christmas favorites.

Jeff Morrissey, baritone
William Trafka, pianist

Keith Chapman's “Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella”
Performed by Paolo Bordingnon, organist
MMPAF Adoration of the Magi

Keith Chapman's “Bring a Torch Jeanette Isabella” is performed by Paolo Bordignon on St. Bartholomew’s Church spectacular Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ. The instrument is the largest in New York City and one of the largest in the world. Brighten your Boxing Day with this jaunty festive tune!

Paolo has been a regular recitalist on the Metropolitan Museum of Art's 1830 Thomas Appleton Organ for many years, including playing a 10-recital residency, a festive fanfare for the opening of the Musical Instruments Galleries in 2018, and many concerts in between and after. Because the instrument is inaccessible this year, the Met's Department of Musical instruments invited a few organists to record on, and say a few words about, their "home" instruments.

Paolo chose to play “Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella,” arranged by Keith Chapman, who was the long-time organist of the Grand Court Organ at Wanamaker's department store in Philadelphia - the world's largest fully-operational musical instrument (Fun fact: while an undergraduate, Paolo was on the roster of organists offering twice-daily concerts at Wanamaker's.)

As Organist and Choirmaster of St. Bartholomew’s Church, New York, he directs the choirs, serves as principal organist, and oversees one of the nation’s preeminent church music programs. He did his undergraduate studies at Curtis and earned his Master’s and Doctorate at Juilliard. Bordignon is also harpsichordist for the New York Philharmonic and plays as a solo harpsichordist and chamber musician all over the world.



Free Weekly Series of Concerts of Early Music Every Thursday at 1:15 Online
GEMS Midtown Concerts

Gotham Early Music Scene (GEMS) in conjunction with The Mid-Manhattan Performing Arts Foundation has presented weekly Midtown Concerts, a live series of early music concerts in midtown Manhattan featuring soloists and ensembles from the U.S. and abroad. GEMS is a non-profit corporation that presents and supports the artists and organizations in New York devoted to early music— the music of the Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, and early Classical periods.



Grand Teton Music Festival

A 5-concert digital chamber music series featuring small ensembles, recorded and produced remotely in the home cities of Festival Orchestra musicians across the country. The series creates opportunities for more intimate artistic access to GTMF musicians who comprise some of the best musicians from the best orchestras across the United States.

MMPAF listen to past concerts
Did you know? The MMPAF site features a number of recordings from past concert performances.
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. Enjoy an online behind-the-scenes tour of St. Bart's pipe organ guided by the two people who know the instrument best: William K. Trafka, Director of Music and Organist at St. Bart's (1995-2018) and Douglass Hunt Organ Curator (1980-2014).