The Summer Festival of Sacred Music at St. Bart's continues on Sunday, August 19 at 11 am with a service featuring Lassus's Missa Bell' Amphitrit' altera.
Flemish by birth, Italian by training, and Bavarian by choice, Orlandus Lassus (c.1532-1594) was a prolific composer of immense vitality. Although he spent most of his career at the Bavarian ducal chapel in Munich, his fame covered the continent. One of the most versatile composers of the Renaissance - and one of the most prolific of all time - Lassus wrote over 2,000 works in all the Latin, French, Italian and German vocal genres of his time. He is considered to be the chief representative of the mature polyphonic style of the Franco-Flemish school. St. Bartholomew's Choir will offer his Missa Bell' Amphitrit' altera, an extraordinarily rich work in 8 voices, for double choir.
This event is the third in a series of four Summer Festival services in August featuring music of the greatest masters of the Renaissance including works by Josquin, Taverner, Lassus and Palestrina.
St. Bartholomew's Choir will be conducted by Paolo Bordignon.
The Summer Festival of Sacred Music takes place each Sunday morning at 11 am at St. Bartholomew's Church during the summer months. At a time when most churches reduce their musical offerings, St. Bartholomew's Church provides outstanding sacred music sung by St. Bartholomew's Choir and Boy and Girl Choristers, two of New York City's most renowned choirs. Works include an array of mass settings from the 15th century to the present embracing a diversity of cultures from around the world. The music is sung as part of the 11 am service, the liturgical context for which it was composed. All Summer Festival events are free and open to the public.
The Summer Festival of Sacred Music takes place at St. Bart's, located at the corner of Park Avenue and 51st Street. Subway: 6 to 51st Street. For more information, call (212) 378-0222 or