This year we’re singing at a church in Times Square. Times Square isn’t what it used to be, but happily, for me, this block has the feel of the old Times Square without the sad porn-shops or the crime. This guy wearing the old-fashioned sign was across the street. So! The details …
WHEN: Thursday, December 1 at 8:00 PM, Friday, December 2 at 8:00 PM, and Saturday, December 3 at 3:00 PM.
Tickets are $20 if you get them from me, or $25 at the door or if you buy them online here. We usually sell out and this is a smaller venue, so if you want to go you should buy your tickets as soon as possible.
WHERE: Church of St Mary the Virgin, 145 West 46th Street (between 6th and 7th). According to our conductor, this church has one of the best organs in New York City.
Giovanni Gabrieli: Jubilate Deo
Leonard Bernstein: Missa Brevis
Arvo Part: Magnificat
William Billings: Shiloh (The Shepherd’s Carol)
Amer. traditional: I Wonder as I Wander (arr. John Rutter)
Randall Thompson: The Peaceable Kingdom
Carols with audience, chorus and organ
Our conductor just sent this in email.
TESTIMONIAL FROM A SATISFIED CUSTOMER:
If you haven’t seen this already, please see the email flyer from XXXX. XXXX has invited me for 47 years and last year I finally attended. I have been kicking myself ever since and will never miss another one as long as I’m breathing. Truly one of the most exceptionally moving experiences I’ve had in my life and a must for the holiday season. If you’ve never experienced a performance by the Choral Society (OK I know you haven’t) you are in for a treat. Sit back, close your eyes and soak in the sound. And no, skeptics, I don’t get a cut of the sale. You all know that for me to highly recommend going to a church to hear a choir, it HAS to be good. XXXX is still educating me after all these years. Let XXXX know soon as the tickets go fast.”
None of my pictures of the inside of the church came out well, but the ceiling is this wonderful blue with gold painted stars, it’s gorgeous. There was also so much beautiful artwork inside it made me wonder about the history of Times Square. I must admit I don’t know it. Bottom line, a lot of love and money went into this church. I wonder if they miss the old Times Square days. Saving souls is their business. Ah, here’s a short history of the church.