New York City’s Orchestra of St. Luke’s takes a trip back to namesake church

Posted on: January 26, 2017

“With eighty concerts a year, a roster of impressive guest artists, a summer residency at Caramoor, and a sparkling new home at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s has come a long way since its founding in 1974,” writes Joanne Sydney Lessner in Monday’s (1/23) Huffington Post. “The twenty-one-member St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble, still the nucleus of the larger Orchestra of St. Luke’s, returns to its namesake church [the Church of St. Luke in the Fields in Greenwich Village] for the first time since 1997, with a two-program Baroque Series…. ‘Bach and Vivaldi’ (January 29-30, 2017) showcases soprano Anna Dennis in Bach’s … ‘Wedding Cantata,’ and the less well-known Vivaldi motet O qui coeli terraeque serenitas.… ‘Bach and Telemann’s Coffeehouse’ (April 2-3, 2017) conjures both a historical moment, when Baroque was still brand new, and a specific venue, the celebrated Café Zimmermann in Leipzig, where Georg Telemann founded his Collegium Musicum…. Bach premiered many of his secular cantatas there.” Says Executive Director James Roe, “We’re excited to reintroduce ourselves to the community of Greenwich Village, who first recognized and loved us. … For the players, it will feel like coming home.”

Posted January 26, 2017