Transfiguration is home to The Arnold Schwartz Memorial Concert Series, which was founded by Marie Schwartz in 2004 in memory of her late husband. Since then over fifty concerts, operas, and music dramas have been performed, using some of the finest singers and musicians in New York City. In addition, the church presents outstanding musical groups from September through June, as well as a Summer Concert Series.
Examples of Our Concerts can be seen on YouTube.
December 15, 2017
Amahl and the Night Visitors and John Rutter’s Dancing Day
Transfiguration Boys and Girls Choirs and Camerata
$35 and $25 seniors and students
Join us on Friday, December 15 at 7:30 P.M. for a fully staged and costumed production of Menotti’s beloved opera, with full orchestra, plus John Rutter’s Dancing Day. Luciano Pantano, Amahl; Jodi Karem, The Mother; Ben Thomas, Kaspar, Jake Ingbar, Melchior; Charles Brown, Balthazar. Katie Andrews, harp. “To hear and see the chorus, children and adults is to see a rainbow of nationalities united by music – perhaps the greatest unifying force in the world today!” — The Brooklyn Discovery
Tickets can be purchased online here.
January 11, 2018
Jeremy Gill: Six Pensées” de Pascal
Tickets: $20 / $15 student and industry discount
Variant 6 is a virtuosic vocal sextet that explores and advances the art of chamber music in the twenty-first century. Blaise Pascal, mathematician and theologian, melds the scientific with the religious in his work, Pensées. Boston-based composer Jeremy Gill sets excerpts from these enigmatic texts, highlight the threads of doubt that make up the tapestry of faith. Variant 6 pairs this world premiere with other pensive French music, in an exploration of those moments when uncertainty threatens the eternal.
February 04, 2018
Mozart: dedicated to Haydn
The New York Classical Quartet
Tickets: $30 / $15 for students and seniors
Always a keen student of the works of his contemporaries, Mozart went to extraordinary pains in the composition of the six quartets inspired by Haydn's Op. 33 quartets, and dedicated to his older friend. KV 428 and 464 are arguably the least often performed of the set, but no less masterful and sublime. Both works revel in extraordinary chromaticism; KV 464 is highlighted by a famous set of variations and a fugal finale.
February 09, 2018
The French Romantics: César Franck and Charles Marie Widor
Claudia Dumschat, organ
Tickets: $25 / $15 for students and seniors
Claudia Dumschat has performed throughout the United States and Europe.
“Brilliantly assertive” — The New York Times.
She “played as the composers may very well have intended it: straight from the heart” — The Diapason.
"She misses none of the beauty of any of the works she performs, and her emotional depth and breadth are very impressive. When strength and power are called for, Dumschat fully delivers in resounding fashion”— bach-cantata.com.
March 18, 2018
Franz Joseph Haydn: quartets Op. 71
New York Classical Quartet
Tickets: $30 / $15 for students and seniors
We reverse the “17” of our first program to present the three quartets of Op. 71, from 1793. During Haydn's first sojourn in London he had heard his quartets played in public concerts, rather than the usual intimate gatherings; in preparation for his second trip he composed this new set with an exuberant, public face. These quartets show Haydn in full, effortless mastery of every aspect of composition.
April 06, 2018
Tickets: $15 at the door
Join Empire Viols as we travel across continental Europe, from the court of the Sun King in France, to J.S. Bach’s Leipzig. Our journey will take us down the Rhine with Johannes Schenck and we’ll also pause in sunny Italy.
April 27, 2018
From Passacaglia to Chaconne
Tickets: $25 / $15 students and seniors
Russian violin virtuoso, Natasha Lipkina and organist Claudia Dumschat join forces to present a program of solo and duo music by Bach for their respective instruments. Natasha captivates audiences with her vivacious and charismatic performances throughout the world. Interwoven with great intelligence and sensitivity, her unique approach to programming allows her listeners to be both inspired and challenged.
June 08, 2018
Merry Old England!
Masterpieces of English Choral Music
The Transfiguration Choir of Men and Boys
Tickets: $35 / $15 for students and seniors
The Transfiguration Choirs of Men and Boys, Girls, and Camerata join to perform a concert of music the children will sing at St. Alban's Cathedral in London, England this summer. Gems of English choral literature spanning the Renaissance to modern day.
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December 08, 2017