Make Music Winter: December 21, 2016

Pilgrimage | Malcolm J. Merriweather

Early Music singers led by conductor Malcolm J. Merriweather walk from Symphony Space to the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, carrying lanterns up the West Side 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. Of course you can trek right up or sign up here in case we have any updates for you! On the program: From the Cantigas de Santa Maria of Alfonso X El Sabio (1221–1284) “Santa Maria, strela do dia” (100) [pdf]Quen a omagen da Virgen” (353) [pdf] From the Llibre Vermell de Montserrat (14th century) “Stella Splendens[pdf]Laudemus Virginem[pdf]Splendens Ceptigera[pdf] The Coventry Carol (16th century) [pdf] Presented in association with Symphony Space and the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine.
2537 Broadway (Bar Thalia, Symphony Space), 6:00pm. Symphony Space will hold the studio (which is downstairs on the Thalia level) for the singers. Ask the lobby attendant!

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

How to Join
Bring a headlamp and print out the sheet music. We will have music and headlamps for the first 25!

Conductor and baritone Malcolm J. Merriweather is the ninth Music Director of The Dessoff Choirs. He is also Assistant Professor and Director of Choirs at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, Artist-in-Residence at Union Theological Seminary, and Music Director of the “Voices of Haiti,” a 60-member children’s choir in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Conducting highlights of the 2016-17 season include his critically-acclaimed Lincoln Center debut with Dessoff last month; Handel’s Messiah at Brooklyn College and the Harvard Club of New York; and Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms at Brooklyn College. This season’s solo engagements include Rautavaara’s Vigilia as part of the Great Music in a Great Space series at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine; the music of William Byrd with the consort of viols Parthenia; and stepping off the podium to perform Barber’s Dover Beach with Dessoff.

Merriweather has been a featured soloist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, The Dessoff Choirs, the New York Choral Society, Great Music in a Great Space at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, and the Bach Vespers Choir at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in New York City. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Conducting from the Manhattan School of Music; Master of Music degrees in Choral Conducting and in Vocal Performance from the Eastman School of Music; and a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from Syracuse University. Please visit for more information, and follow him on Instagram and Twitter@maestroweather.

Make Music Winter illustrations by Adam McCauley