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 has been under the direction of current Artistic Director William K. Trafka since 1995.
An accomplished organist, conductor and composer, Bill is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music. In addition to MMPAF, he serves as Director of Music and Organist at St. Bartholomew's Church. Bill has appeared in concert throughout the U.S. and Germany, as well as locally with the New York Philharmonic, the American Symphony Orchestra and the Fairfield Academy of Period Instruments. He brings his rich background and in-depth knowledge of the stunning nave and chapel spaces, as well as the rare Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ, to the programming of Great Music at St. Bart's.
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)
Alice Yurke-Davis, Honorary Chair
Shelly Wolfe and Barry Phillips, Honorary Members