Memorial concert streamed live from our home at Saint Ignatius of Antioch in the City of New York, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, September 11, 2021
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is a chamber music ensemble in residence at Saint Ignatius of Antioch Episcopal Church on Manhattan's Upper West Side. The House Band's mission is to make great music, to share that music with the community, and to reward our contributing artists.
The House Band made its concert premiere with a free program at St Ignatius on September 11, 2021 marking the 20th anniversary of the September 2001 attacks on our city and dedicated to those we have lost to the Covid pandemic. A French Baroque Requiem features a chorus of ten vocal soloists and an orchestra of period instruments. The hour-long concert features the 1705 Messe des Morts (Mass of the Dead) by Jean Gilles, and the 1689 De profundis ("Out of the depths") of Michel Delalande. Both pieces are well known in France, where they were for many years standard repertoire at funerals for royalty and the artists who served them, but are rarely performed on this side of the Atlantic. This premiere concert in the beautiful sanctuary of Saint Ignatius was our gift to the people of New York City, which had honored us with grants from its City Artist Corps initiative.
Richard Porterfield is Organist & Choirmaster at Saint Ignatius of Antioch Episcopal Church in the City of New York, where at Solemn Mass throughout the nine-month choir season he leads a professional ensemble in settings of the Mass Ordinary and motets of every period from the Middle Ages to the present day, along with the Gregorian propers in Latin. He plays works of Bach, Hailstork, Messiaen, and Clara Schumann (among others) on the church's three-manual Casavant organ, and plays early keyboard repertoire on a single-manual chamber organ by Dutch builder Klop.
Rick has toured and recorded widely, notably as a member of the vocal ensemble Lionheart (1993-2017), and earned his PhD from the City University of New York in 2014 with a dissertation on the voice-leading structure of Gregorian melody. He has served on the faculties of SUNY Albany, Columbia University, NYU, and the Mannes College of Music.
The House Band performs at Saint Ignatius of Antioch Episcopal Church in the City of New York, located at 87 St and West End Avenue in Manhattan. Known for its visual and acoustic beauty, this sanctuary space is the site of great performances by many of New York's finest ensembles. For more about the church and its programs, visit saintignatiusnyc.org
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