Our hearts are heavy to learn of the passing of Stephen Paulus, a wonderful American composer. A long-time friend of Cantori New York and member of our Advisory Board, Stephen was also an enthusiastic supporter of contemporary music whose presence will be sorely missed.

Plaque decorated with a quatrain from the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

Plaque decorated with a quatrain from the
Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam



Saturday, November 8, 2014, 8:00 p.m.
Park Avenue Christian Church
1010 Park Avenue, New York City

Sunday, November 9, 2014, 3:00 p.m.
Church of St. Luke in the Fields
487 Hudson Street, New York City

A new composition by Dutch composer Jacques Bank that explores the complicated relationship between American jazz titan Charlie "Bird" Parker and his wife, Chan, interwoven with texts from the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. For chamber choir, instruments and narrator.

Maryann Plunkett returns for a third collaboration with Cantori New York. The Tony Award-winning performer brings Chan Parker's voice and experiences to life as the Narrator of Bank's masterful new work.

Instrumentalists to be announced.

The concert will also feature:

Mediterranean Trilogy by Tom Nazziola (U.S. premiere) - texts by Khalil Gibran, Pablo Neruda and William Shakespeare

Five Part Songs, opus 12 by Gustav Holst

Canticum Canticorum Salomonis (Song of Songs) by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (excerpts)

Season at a glance

A Cantori Holiday

Our annual celebration of the holiday season, with traditional carols, new arrangements and plenty of winter cheer.

December 6th & December 7th, 2014

Messiahs False and True

Featuring a new composition for chamber choir, clarinet, cello and narrator by Rex Isenberg. Plus, Thomas Tallis's Lamentations of Jeremiah and Siegfried Thiele's Prophezeiungen.

March 7th, 2015


Pedro Páramo

Music from tales and verse chronicling love, estrangement, destruction and loneliness, including a new commission by Colombian-American composer, Alba Potes, based on one of Juan Rulfo's most famous novels.

May 9th & May 16th, 2015