new year’s eve at st. bart’s

Vaulted ceiling (l), and pipe organ console (r) of St. Bartholomew's Church.
Vaulted ceiling (l), and pipe organ console (r) of St. Bartholomew’s Church.

It was the evening of December 31st and I was contemplating my plans – go to some random event or stay home? Luckily, I read about the annual concert at St. Bart’s in midtown Manhattan to usher in the new year. Performed by the church’s organist and music director, William Trafka, we were treated to a beautiful program which included pieces by Edward Elgar, Herbert Howells, Johann Sebastian Bach, Claude Debussy, Jean Langlais, Dan Locklair, and closed with Aaron Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man”, accompanied by percussionists, Chris Nappi and Sam Lazzara. The encompassing sound of New York City’s largest Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ was chilling, and coupled by the church’s grand neoclassical architecture, made for a mesmerizing and meditative experience.

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