Make Music WinterDecember 21, 2012
A world premiere by composer Hiroya Miura reflects on the ideas of “judgment day” and the cyclical nature of time, for a performance on the date believed to be the end of a 5,000-year cycle on the Mayan calendar.
Starting underneath the carillon at Harlem’s St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, two groups of brass musicians will emerge, accompanied by bells, and march through the neighborhood using streets and neighborhood landmarks as musical cues. When the two marching groups cross paths, they will congregate to play Berlioz’s version of Dies Irae before resuming a journey to rejoin the carillon music at the church (played by carilloneur Michael J. Smith).
St. Martin’s Episcopal Church will provide a reception immediately following the concert in the Parish Hall. Refreshments will be served; the suggested donation is $20.00. All proceeds will go directly to the church’s “Raise the Roof” Capital Campaign.
Brass players (confirmed as of 12/18):
Trumpet: Mike Bafundo, Sophia Dolan, Sam Friedman, Brian Groder, Sam Hoyland, Wilmer Wise
Trombone: Jeremy Howard Beck, Arden Brian, Lillian Paulina, Meredith Slopen, Catherine Trossello, Ward Wolff
Horn: Sarah Baird Knight, Yuko Yamamura
Tuba: Alan Gilbert
The NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission named St Martin's Episcopal Church, built from 1887-89, "undoubtedly the handsomest example" of the Romanesque Revival architectural style in Manhattan. In the late 1940's, the members of the church commissioned the manufacture and installation of a 42-bell carillon in the tower. This largest of percussion instruments, manufactured in the Netherlands and installed in 1949, is the second largest in New York City. For more on the history of this carillon, click here [pdf].