All events will take place in the Sanctuary of The Brick Presbyterian Church, which is on the corner of Park Avenue and 91st Street.
For further information, contact Minister of Music Keith S. Tóth at 212-289-4400, ext. 231 or email.
Sunday, December 15, 2019 – 4:00 PM
The Candlelight Carol Service
Each Advent Season, candlelit elegance envelopes The Brick Church’s sanctuary for our Service of Nine Lessons and Carols featuring the professional voices of The Brick Church Choir under the direction of Keith S. Tóth. Organists Meg Cutting and Daniel Kirk-Foster will accompany the choir on our acclaimed Coignet-Casavant Frères pipe organ. This service of traditional Advent and Christmas sacred music is a cherished Brick Church tradition and one that brings beauty, peace, and joy amidst the busy holiday season.
Sunday, December 22, 2019 – 4:00 PM
British Concert Organist Alistair Reid performs Olivier Messiaen’s La Nativité
On Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, British concert organist Alistair Reid performed Olivier Messiaen’s extraordinary organ work, La Nativité du Seigneur on the French Symphonic Coignet-Casavant Frères at The Brick Church. Mr. Reid, formerly Director of Music and Organist at Coventry Cathedral in England, is currently the Organist and Director of Music at St. Joseph’s Church, Yorkville. La Nativité is in nine movements, each depicting an image or concept from the birth of Jesus. The entire work is 60 minutes in length. You can learn more about Mr. Reid here.
La Nativité was written by the Messiaen at the age of 27 during the summer of 1935 while the composer was in residence at Grenoble near the French Alps. Messiaen wrote that in addition to theology, the movements were inspired by the mountains, as well as the stained glass windows in medieval cathedrals. The work is one of the earliest to feature elements that were to become key to Messiaen’s later compositions, such as the extensive use of the composer’s own modes of limited transposition, as well as the influence of birdsong, and the meters and rhythms of Ancient Greek and traditional Indian music. Brick Church’s Anderson organ is particularly suited to the mystical music of Messiaen as Messiaen music was inspired and premiered on the Cavaillé-Coll organ of La Trinité in Paris. Cavaillé-Coll’s instruments were the models for the Brick Church Casavant organ.
Maundy Thursday, April 9, 2020 – 7:30 P.M.
Service of Holy Communion and Tenebrae
On Maundy Thursday, a service of worship is held in the sanctuary at 7:30 pm to mark Jesus Christ’s Last Supper with his disciples and to remember his betrayal, suffering and impending death. The service includes a sermon by one of the Brick Church pastors, the celebration of the Sacrament of Holy Communion, and the traditional service of Tenebrae, which uses the symbol of progressive darkness to mark the betrayal, passion and death of Jesus Christ. After each reading during the Tenebrae service, the Chancel Choir presents a choral meditation on the reading. After each choral meditation, lights are progressively extinguished in the Sanctuary. The final reading ends with complete darkness in the Sanctuary and the tolling of the bell 33 times to represent Christ’s death. Our most somber service of the year at Brick Church, this profoundly moving and beautifully service is the Holy Week equivalent to our Advent Lessons and Carols service.
Good Friday, April 10, 2020 – 12:15 P.M.
“The Crucifixion” by Sir John Stainer
A Good Friday tradition at Brick Church for almost a century, Sir John Stainer’s Lenten choral meditation, “The Crucifixion”, will be performed by the professional choir of the Brick Church including soloists tenor Eric Finbarr Carey and baritone Nathaniel Sullivan on Friday, April 10, at 12:15 pm. Keith S. Tóth will conduct and British concert organist Alistair Reid will provide the accompaniment on Brick Church’s acclaimed Anderson organ. Premiered in 1887, “The Crucifixion” is a fixture of the English choral scene. Musicians today still enjoy performing choruses such as “Fling Wide the Gates” and careers have been founded on The Crucifixion’s baritone and tenor solos. The chorus “God so loved the World” enjoys an independent existence as an anthem in parish choirs across the globe; a minor classic in its own right and a beautifully expressive piece of choral writing. Please join us for this 75-minute service of sacred music. A free-will offering will be received. Childcare will be available upon request. For further information, call 212-289-4400, ext. 231 or email.
(Concerts can be viewed in our Livestream archives at www.brickchurch.org/livestreaming).