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The Musical Legacy of Andrew Carnegie: A Transatlantic Celebration

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On Wednesday, Nov. 20, the 19th-century Cathedral of St. John the Divine hosted Most Elevating of Voices, the second in a two-part, transatlantic series created in collaboration with the Carnegie UK Trust.

The series showcases a program of choral and organ music paired with a similar concert at the 12th-century Dunfermline Abbey, which was held on Oct. 12, 2013. The two concerts constitute a bi-continental remembrance of Andrew Carnegie’s support of organ and choral music on the occasion of his 178th birthday.

WQXR recorded the program and it can be heard above on this page.

The Carnegie UK Trust, which is celebrating its centennial this year, was closely associated with many of the composers featured in this program, as well as with the Tudor music.

Program details:

J.S. Bach: Prelude and Fugue in E-flat, “St Anne”, BWV 552
— Kent Tritle, organ.

Mendelssohn: “Thanks be to God” from Elijah, Op. 70
— The Cathedral Choir, Chorale, and Choristers; The Oratorio Society of New York; The Manhattan School of Music Chamber Chorus; Malcolm Merriweather, conductor.

Mendelssohn: Sonata in F Minor, Op. 65, No. 4
— Kent Tritle, organ.

Herbert Howells: Magnificat and NuncDimittis, "Collegium Regale"
— The Cathedral Choir and Choristers; Kent Tritle, conductor.

Herbert Howells: Rhapsody in D-flat, Op. 17, No. 1
— Raymond Nagem, organ.

Tudor Anthems
Thomas Weelkes: Hosanna to the Son of David
Thomas Tallis: If ye love me
William Byrd: Sing joyfully
William Byrd: Ave verum corpus
Peter Phillips: Ascendit Deus
— Cathedral Choir; Kent Tritle, conductor.

Edgar Bainton: And I saw a new heaven
— Cathedral Choir and Choristers; Kent Tritle, conductor.

Handel: But thanks be to God
Worthy is the Lamb
from Messiah
— The Cathedral Choir, Chorale, and Choristers; The Oratorio Society of New York; The Manhattan School of Music Chamber Chorus; Kent Tritle, conductor.