Year of Moses

The Academy of Sacred Drama’s astonishingly ambitious Year of Moses features the modern American premieres of three Italian-Baroque oratorios by Modenese librettist Giovanni Battista Giardini. The music of Vincenzo de Grandis, Giovanni Antonio Gianettini, and Bernardo Pasquini will be paired with contextual lectures and community receptions. French-Baroque Moses cantatas will also be featured in an intimate musical evening.

Oratorio  de Grandis’s Il Nascimento di Mose

A tyrannical Pharaoh fears the growing power of the Hebrews and orders that all male new-borns are to be thrown into the river Nile.

Fri, Sept 14   7:15 PM at St. Mary’s, Norwalk, CT
Sat, Sept 15   7:15 PM at Calvary Church, NYC

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Salon  Parting of the Re(e)d Sea

An intimate musical evening featuring Moses cantatas of the French Baroque by de Bousset and Jacquet de La Guerre.

Sat, Nov 10   7:15 PM at The Chapel at St. George’s, NYC

Oratorio  Gianettini’s La Creatione de’ Magistrati

In this modern premiere, the prophet Moses learns to delegate and restores balance to his household and government.

Sun, Jan 13   4 PM at Corpus Christi, NYC; presented by Music Before 1800

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Academy Players  England My England

The Academy Players perform English instrumental music from Queen Elizabeth’s Golden Age through the Restoration.

Fri, Feb 1   8 PM at Fairchild Theatre, Michigan State University, MI

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Oratorio  Pasquini’s I fatti di Mosè nel deserto

Male singer with music stand and back of violinist in foreground.In an oratorio based on Exodus 18, Moses, his brother Aaron, and a narrator vividly recall the challenges and successes in the wilderness.

Sat, April 6   7:15 PM at Calvary Church, NYC
Sun, April 7  3 PM at St. Joseph’s, Bronxville, NY

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Partner Concert  Linley Jr’s Song of Moses

The Israelites’ rejoice after the Red Sea closes over the Egyptian army in Linley Jr’s masterpiece. Presented by Big Apple Baroque.

Sat, May 25   7:15 PM at Calvary Church, NYC

Revitalizing culture through the exploration of sacred dramatic music

Male singer with music stand and back of violinist in foreground.

The Academy of Sacred Drama is an artistic and intellectual community that is revitalizing culture through the exploration of sacred dramatic music. Oratorio performances and salon concerts feature the music and libretti of works rarely or never heard in modern times accompanied by lectures and refreshments. Editions and translations are created for Academy performances, and the open-license publication of these works makes them accessible to ensembles and audiences. The Academy Journal is an open-license publication about culture, music, and religion designed around the Academy’s yearly themes. Academy activities enable encounters with the stories of Christianity and other Abrahamic religions and offer a path toward inter-religious dialogue and Christian unity.

The Academy is a not-for-profit corporation in the State of New York and is federally recognized as a tax exempt public charity under IRC Section 501 (c) (3). Donations are tax deductible.

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Explore the world of sacred dramatic music as a member of the Academy of Sacred Drama! All memberships come with a print subscription to the Academy Journal of Sacred Drama, $10 discounts to oratorios and salons for up to two friends, and invitations to potluck dinners for you and your invited friends.

Oratorio Membership
$150 Individual  $65 tax deductible
$250 Dual  $90 tax deductible
Membership includes general admission to 9/15, 11/10, and 4/6 performances.

Patron Membership
$300 Individual  $155 tax deductible
$450 Dual  $170 tax deductible
Membership includes premium admission to 9/15, 11/10, and 4/6 performances and invitations to open rehearsals.

Benefactor Membership
$500 Individual  $350 tax deductible
$650 Dual  $365 tax deductible
Membership includes an invitation to an exclusive private reception with the musicians on Friday, April 5th, a signed poster with the season’s musicians, and all the perks of a Patron Membership.

Student Membership
$15 Individual  not tax deductible
Membership includes access to $10 student tickets to 9/15, 11/10, and 4/6 performances and invitations to open rehearsals.