The Tower and the Garden

Charles Villiers Stanford: Three Motets

Gerard Victory: Seven Songs of Experience

Gregory Spears: The Tower and the Garden
(New York premiere)

In a nationwide collaboration with The Crossing, Volti, and Notre Dame Vocale, Cantori New York gives the New York premiere of a joint commission from Gregory Spears. Exploring the search for truth amidst the uncertainty of the modern world, Spears's three-movement work sets poems by Denise Levertov, Thomas Merton, and Keith Garabian. Garabian does homage to gay rights activist and filmmaker Derek Jarman, whose cottage (and garden) hung precariously between a nuclear power plant and the sea. With string quartet. Opulent choral settings by Irish composers Stanford and Victory open the program.

May 11th, 2019, at 8:00pm, and May 12th, 2019, at 3:00pm
Church of St. Luke in the Fields
487 Hudson Street, New York City

Next for Cantori New York


On April 8th, Cantori will perform passages from Vittorio Rieti’s score—unheard in public for over seventy years—to Corrado Cagli and George Balanchine’s ballet The Triumph of Bacchus and Ariadne, as part of a multimedia display of Cagli’s work. The free event is a joint effort by Centro Primo Levi and the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, as part of Carnegie Hall’s city-wide festival “Migrations: The Making of America.” Reserve a seat here.


On April 11th and 12th, Cantori will perform as part of Esther Apituley’s Bach & Bleach at La Mama. This “ode to the power of the imagination” aims to make the music of Bach accessible to all audiences, and features performances by both New York and Dutch musicians. Purchase tickets here.