past performances

pop-up concert at Cathedral of St. John the Divine, NYC

June 5, 2021

Kent Tritle, Music Director
Lianne Coble-Dispensa, Soprano
David Ralph, accompanist

PROGRAM

Haec est Dies Gallus (Handl) 1550-1591
Locus Iste Bruckner 1824-1896
Os Justi Bruckner
Bogoroditse Dyevo Rachmaninoff 1873-1943
Balm in Gilead, Trad Spiritual arr. Dawson 1899-1990
Cool of the Day Ritchie, arr. Erb 1922-2015
The Road Home Paulus 1949-2014

2021 GRAMMY® Nominated

Best Choral Performance

“A powerful new work”  –BBC Magazine

sanctuary road

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® 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.

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 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.

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

MESSIAH 2020

a holiday tradition since 1874
the OSNY chorus and orchestra present the Christmas portion of Messiah

In October 2020, 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.

Soloists

Susanna Phillips, Heather Petrie, Joshua Blue, Sidney Outlaw