Renowned organist Kent Tritle will perform at Christ Church on Friday | Entertainment

WESTERLY — Organist Kent Tritle, one of America’s foremost choirmasters, will perform at Christ Church Westerly on Friday in a free concert sponsored by the church’s Arts Commission.

Tritle, director of cathedral music at New York’s famous Cathedral of St. John the Divine, is also musical director of the Grammy-nominated volunteer choir Oratorio Society of New York and Musica Sacra, New York’s elite professional choir. New York.

Tritle, a member of the Juilliard School’s graduate faculty, for several years hosted a weekly show called “The Choral Mix with Kent Tritle” on New York’s WQXR.

Acclaimed organ virtuoso, Tritle, also organist of the New York Philharmonic, has been called by The New York Times “the brightest star in the world of choral music in New York.”

The 2020 recipient of Chorus America’s Michael Korn Founders Award for Developing the Professional Choral Art, Tritle has a reputation for creating high-profile collaborations with other major players in the New York music scene.

Highlights of the 2022-23 season include two world premieres, “A Nation of Others” and a setting of “Stabat Mater” for organ, soloists, choir and orchestra by David Briggs at St. John the Divine Cathedral.

“A Nation of Others” is a new oratorio for six soloists, choir and orchestra by Paul Moravec and Mark Campbell about the arrival of immigrants to Ellis Island in 1921, performed with the Oratorio Society of New York at Carnegie Hall.

Tritle also conducts Robert Paterson’s “Whitman’s America” and Bach’s “Mass in B Minor” with the Oratorio Society; music from 14th century England and France and a program featuring the music of female composers spanning over five centuries with Musica Sacra.

He also conducts “Venice: City of Light”, a collaboration with Rose of the Compass, a number of holiday programs and two organ recitals at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Additionally, he conducts annual performances of Handel’s “Messiah.” with Musica Sacra and the Oratorio Society of New York at Carnegie Hall.

Tritle is recognized as a master clinician and gives workshops on conducting and repertoire. He also conducts annual choral workshops at the Amherst Early Music Festival, and in recent years has included workshops at Berkshire Choral International and the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki.

As director of choral activities at the Manhattan School of Music, Kent established the school’s first doctoral program in choral conducting. A Juilliard School faculty member since 1996, he currently directs a graduate oratorio internship in conjunction with the school’s vocal arts department.

As an organ recitalist, Tritle performs regularly in Europe and across the United States. His discography has more than 20 recordings. Recent releases, including the 2018 Grammy-nominated world premiere of Paul Moravec/Mark Campbell’s “Sanctuary Road” oratorio with the Oratorio Society of New York, have received acclaim from NPR Music, Gramophone and The American Organist.

The Tritle concert on Friday will include works by Bach, Felix Mendelssohn and Stephen Paulus.

—Nancy Burns-Fusaro

Martha J. Finley