Pilgrimage | Malcolm J. Merriweather

Early Music singers led by conductor Malcolm J. Merriweather walk from the Metropolitan Museum to the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, carrying lanterns through Central Park while singing medieval melodies once sung along the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela.

All singers are invited to join, from absolute beginners to early music specialists — no rehearsal necessary. Scores are available below as PDFs; click here to download them all.

Presented in association with the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine.

On the program:

From the Cantigas de Santa Maria of Alfonso X El Sabio (1221–1284)
Santa Maria, strela do dia” (100) [pdf]
A Santa Maria dadas” (140) [pdf]
Como poden per sas culpas” (166) [pdf]
Quen a omagen da Virgen” (353) [pdf]

From the Llibre Vermell de Montserrat (14th century)
“Mariam, Matrem Virginem, Attolite” [pdf]
“Stella Splendens”
[pdf]
“Laudemus Virginem”
[pdf]
“Splendens Ceptigera”
[pdf]

Start
Metropolitan Museum of Art, 5th Ave at 82nd Street, 6:30pm

End
Cathedral of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Ave, 7:30pm

How to Join
Bring a flashlight and print out the sheet music. A limited number of lights and scores will be distributed for those without.

Malcolm J. Merriweather enjoys a professional career as a baritone, conductor and teacher. He is the Choral Associate at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York City, and a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting at the Manhattan School of Music from the studio of Kent Tritle. Merriweather began his professional musical training as a chorister in the St. Paul's Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys, in Buffalo, New York. He attended Syracuse University where he earned a Bachelor of Music in music education, summa cum laude. Merriweather earned a Master of Music degree in choral conducting at the Eastman School of Music, and a second Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the studio of Rita Shane, dramatic coloratura soprano at the Eastman School of Music. A passionate music educator, Merriweather enjoyed serving as the Artistic Director and Conductor for the Rochester Boys Choir and is currently on the faculty at St. Thomas More Play Group in Manhattan. Merriweather was previously the Bruno Walter Associate Conductor of the New York Choral Society.   He is the New York ACDA Repertoire and Standards Chair for Music and Worship and has conducted festival choirs throughout the Eastern United States. As a baritone, Merriweather has had solo engagements with the Eastman-Rochester Chorus, New York Choral Society, Norfolk Chamber Choir, Gregory Kunde Chorale, Voices, Bach Vespers Choir and Orchestra, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He has been a fellowship recipient with the festivals at Norfolk, CT and the Tanglewood Music Center. A supporter of new music, Merriweather has premiered works by John Liberatore, Ju Ri Seo, Douglas Fisk and James Adler. The baritone is a featured performer on James Adler and Friends, released through PARMA Recordings on their Navona Records label and distributed exclusively through Naxos.

Special thanks to Virginia Kaycoff and Lucy Cross for their assistance.

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