About Great Music at St. Bart's and the Mid-Manhattan Performing Arts Foundation
Great Music in a Great Place. St. Bart's has a long history of providing a range of musical expression and experience - secular and sacred, ancient to contemporary - in a stunningly beautiful space. Its Romanesque architecture and Byzantine ornamentation makes St. Bart's one of the city's rare architectural gems.
Since 2010, the Great Music at St. Bart's has been presented by the Mid-Manhattan Performing Arts Foundation, an independent 510(c) (3) corporation established to cultivate, promote, sponsor and develop an understanding and love of great music as presented at St. Bartholomew's Church. Currently, MMPAF - Great Music produces an average 9 concerts per season. The renewed mission is to broaden the scope of performing arts presented at St. Bart's, one of the city's Great Places.
Originally founded in 1972 to preserve the time honored tradition of offering major oratorios on Sunday afternoons, Great Music at St. Bart's expanded its range of concerts and repertoire in 1986 in response to a demand from the community for high-quality concerts in the magnificent setting of St. Bartholomew's Church.
Great Music at St. Bart's is under the direction of current Artistic Director Paolo Bordignon.
Paolo Bordignon is Organist & Choirmaster of St. Bartholomewís Church and harpsichordist of the New York Philharmonic. The 2019-20 season includes concerts with Camerata Pacifica, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Boston Symphony Chamber Players, the All-Star Orchestra, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, Lincoln Centerís Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, ECCO (East Coast Chamber Orchestra), and the Florida Orchestra, among others.
Festival appearances include Aspen, Bard, Bay Chamber, Bridgehampton, Jackson Hole, Palm Beach, and Vail. He has appeared on NBC, CBS, PBS, CNN, NPR, the CBC, and on Korean and Japanese national television.
Born in Toronto of Italian heritage, Paolo attended St. Michaelís Cathedral Choir School before attending the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. He is an Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Music, a Fellow of the Royal Canadian College of Organists, and he earned Masterís and Doctoral degrees from the Juilliard School.
Mid-Manhattan Performing Arts Foundation is an independent 510(c) (3) corporation.
The mission of The Mid-Manhattan Performing Arts Foundation is to cultivate, promote, sponsor and develop the understanding and love of the performing arts of the highest artistic standards as presented at St. Bart's and other midtown Manhattan venues.
Board of Directors:
Kathryn McKenzie, Chair
Paolo Bordignon, Artistic Director
Brian H. Burnett
William K. Trafka, Emeritus Artistic Director
Katharine Leech, Emeritus Member (In Memoriam)
Robin Henry, Emeritus Member (In Memoriam)
Alice Yurke-Davis, Honorary Chair
Shelly Wolfe and Barry Phillips, Honorary Members