Easter in New York brings many traditions: egg painting, fancy brunches and elaborate hats on Fifth Avenue. it's also a prime opportunity to hear seldom-performed masterworks in some of the city's most glorious spaces. Here are five standouts for every musical taste.
1) A Choral Feast
Fauré's profoundly moving Requiem is performed by the Holy Trinity Choir and Soloists on Good Friday (April 2, Noon to 3:00 pm; Church of the Holy Trinity, 316 E. 88th Street)
2) Blues on Good Friday--Uptown & Downtown
The Theodicy Jazz Sextet starts its day at St. Paul’s Chapel at 12 Noon, offering a selection of spirituals, gospel songs and traditional jazz. The group then migrates uptown to the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, where at 7:00 pm it presents a jazz service that culminates in John Coltrane's A Love Supreme. (April 2 at 12:00 pm, St. Paul’s chapel, 209 Broadway; 7:00 pm: St. John the Divine
3) Brass and Voices in an Iconic Space
In the gothic splendor of St. Patrick’s Cathedral you can hear traditional Easter hymns by Franck, Handel, Noyon and Rheinberger during the context of the church’s regular service. The New York Symphonic Brass performs under music director Jennifer Pascual. (April 4 at 10:15 am, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Fifth Avenue at 50th St.; Tickets Required)
4) Renaissance Fare
The Church of Saint Luke in the Fields features its own professional choir along with the New York Cornet and Sackbut Ensemble in a choral Eucharist. Music centers on the 16th century Spain and Italy, with Victoria’s exquisite Missa Pro Victoria, Guerrero’s Maria Magdalene; and Gabrieli's Canzonas (April 4 at 11:15 a.m. Church Of St. Luke In The Fields, 487 Hudson Street).
3) Bach to Basics
The Bach Vesper's Service, as presented at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, is modeled on Bach's practice from 18th-century Germany. The house choir teams up with a period instrument ensemble to present Bach’s motet, Jauchzet dem Herrn, BWV Anh. 160, 2 & 3; the Cantata No. 4, Christ lag in Todesbanden, and the Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C major, BWV 564 (April 4 at 5:00 pm, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 65th St. & Central Park West)