Messiah 2020 virtual concert

Premieres Monday, Dec. 21, 8 PM EST

MESSIAH 2020

The Oratorio Society of New York presents Handel’s Messiah, a holiday tradition since 1874.

Kent Tritle conducts chorus, orchestra, and soloists Susanna Phillips, Heather Petrie, Joshua Blue, and Sidney Outlaw, in the Christmas portion of Handel’s Messiah.

In October of this year, the Soloists, Chorus, and Orchestra of the Society recorded selections from Messiah under the direction of Kent Tritle, in a socially distanced environment with masks and COVID tests, in upstate NY. Additional members of the Society joined virtually for a triumphant finale singing the Hallelujah chorus.

sanctuary road

SOLOISTS: Laquita Mitchell, Raehann Bryce- Davis, Joshua Blue, Malcolm J. Merriweather, Dashon Burton

Oratorio Society of New York Chorus and Orchestra, Kent Tritle, Conductor

Paul Moravec, Composer
Mark Campbell, Librettist

2021 GRAMMY® Nominated

Best Choral Performance

“A powerful new work”
BBC Magazine

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The Oratorio Society of New York is honored to announce that our 2020 NAXOS recording of Sanctuary Road by composer Paul Moravec and librettist Mark Campbell has received a 2021 GRAMMY® Award nomination for Best Choral Performance.

This brilliant and ground-breaking new oratorio, commissioned by OSNY with the generous support of Joanne Spellun, premiered at Carnegie Hall in 2018. It features soloists Laquita Mitchell, Raehann Bryce-Davis, Joshua Blue, Malcolm J. Merriweather, and Dashon Burton, plus the 200-voice Chorus and Orchestra of the Society conducted by Kent Tritle. Click here to purchase CD or stream on a variety of services.

Sanctuary Road is inspired by the writings of William Still, conductor for the Underground Railroad, and chronicles the courage and tenacity of slaves escaping to freedom in the mid-1800s through Philadelphia. In a country still grappling with the evil legacy of slavery—brought to a head this summer with the Black Lives Matter movement—we echo Gramophone magazine’s sentiments when it said, “The relevance of Sanctuary Road in our present century cannot be overstated.” We also know this is one reason for the work’s popular success; before the pandemic hit, Sanctuary Road was well on its way to becoming the most produced oratorio in the contemporary repertoire.

We hope that you will join us in celebrating this important new masterpiece.

“A powerful new work” BBC Magazine

”A profound and still timely message.” The Classic Review

“A riveting, pulsating wall of sound and stellar soloists.” Broadway World

2021 GRAMMY® Nominated

Best Choral Performance

“A powerful new work”
BBC Magazine

more information

The Oratorio Society of New York is honored to announce that our 2020 NAXOS recording of Sanctuary Road by composer Paul Moravec and librettist Mark Campbell has received a 2021 GRAMMY® Award nomination for Best Choral Performance.

This brilliant and ground-breaking new oratorio, commissioned by OSNY with the generous support of Joanne Spellun, premiered at Carnegie Hall in 2018. It features soloists Laquita Mitchell, Raehann Bryce-Davis, Joshua Blue, Malcolm J. Merriweather, and Dashon Burton, plus the 200-voice Chorus and Orchestra of the Society conducted by Kent Tritle. Click here to purchase CD or stream on a variety of services.

Sanctuary Road is inspired by the writings of William Still, conductor for the Underground Railroad, and chronicles the courage and tenacity of slaves escaping to freedom in the mid-1800s through Philadelphia. In a country still grappling with the evil legacy of slavery—brought to a head this summer with the Black Lives Matter movement—we echo Gramophone magazine’s sentiments when it said, “The relevance of Sanctuary Road in our present century cannot be overstated.” We also know this is one reason for the work’s popular success; before the pandemic hit, Sanctuary Road was well on its way to becoming the most produced oratorio in the contemporary repertoire.

 

We hope that you will join us in celebrating this important new masterpiece.

“A powerful new work” BBC Magazine

”A profound and still timely message.” The Classic Review

“A riveting, pulsating wall of sound and stellar soloists.” Broadway World

sanctuary road

SOLOISTS: Laquita Mitchell, Raehann Bryce- Davis, Joshua Blue, Malcolm J. Merriweather, Dashon Burton

Oratorio Society of New York Chorus and Orchestra, Kent Tritle, Conductor

Paul Moravec, Composer
Mark Campbell, Librettist

“Most important, with Mr. Tritle at the helm, quality and quantity are equal.”

“…a visceral performance”

“The first chorus, climaxing with the phrase ‘Let there be light’ was simply thrilling, with the singers of the Oratorio Society rising over the orchestra in a powerful surge of sound.”

“The star of the show, the Oratorio Society’s chorus, rang out gloriously—pitch-perfect—the singers radiantly persevering the masterpiece that is Handel’s Messiah.”

“It was a pleasure to hear the Oratorio Society’s splendid performance of Mozart’s beguiling arrangement under Mr. Tritle.”

“What mattered most, of course, was the fine music-making.”

“The chorus of nearly 200 voices sounded rich and full-bodied but never forced, and won the biggest, and deserved, ovation.”

“a beautifully blended,
thoroughly unified sound”

“the sheer energy of the society’s sound had an enveloping fervor”

“As I have learned to expect from the acclaimed OSNY, choral blend was outstanding.”