Duruflé Requiem

Thu. Nov 2, 2017 8:00pm - 10:00pm EDT
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Maurice Duruflé (1902-1986)

Mass "cum jubilo," Opus 11
Four Motets on Gregorian Themes, Opus 10
Notre Père (Our Father), Opus 14
Requiem, Opus 9

Choir of St. Ignatius Loyola
K. Scott Warren, conductor
David Enlow, organ
Sara Murphy, mezzo soprano
Steven Eddy, baritone
Sarah Hewitt-Roth, cello

An extremely accomplished pianist and organist, Maurice Duruflé (1902-1986) is a favorite composer of organists, who cherish his additions to their repertoire. Wider musical audiences know his music largely through the Requiem, composed in 1947. His Mass Cum jubilo has become more familiar to audiences in the three decades since his death.

Duruflé's musical training included study at the choir school of the Rouen Cathedral, a magnificent environment, which first introduced the composer to the solemn weaving melodies of Gregorian chant, as he described in his memoirs (Mes souvenirs, 1976): "The extraordinary environment of this cathedral, the presence at all the services of some fifty major seminarians singing the plainsong and alternating with the motets of the maîtrise ... the accompaniment of the orgue de choeur, this splendor that was evoked as the liturgy unfolded, profoundly impressed me."

Gregorian themes permeate the Requiem, but the overall effect is not one of solemnity or calmness. Rather, the composer tells us, in notes prepared for a performance of the work in 1980,

This Requiem is not some ethereal work that sings of the escape from earthly cares. In the immutable style of Christian prayer, it reflects the anguish that man experiences when faced with the mystery of his ultimate end. It is often dramatic or filled with resignation--or of hope, or of horror, much like the words of scripture that are used in the liturgy. It tries to translate human feelings as they face their terrifying, inexplicable, or consoling destiny. 


David Enlow, hailed for his "enormous virtuosity" (Stuttgarter Zeitung), "arresting performances" (The American Organist) and his "nimble accounts full of singing detail” (Choir & Organ), is a concert organist and church musician who performs and teaches across North America and Europe. His recordings include Pater Seraphicus, a three-disc set of the Franck organ works, Piano á l’orgue, an album of piano transcriptions, and Bach on Park Avenue, recorded at New York’s Church of St. Ignatius Loyola. Mr. Enlow is organist and choir master at the Church of the Resurrection in New York, where he directs a professional choir that offers over fifty settings of the mass each season, often works of Mozart and Haydn with orchestra. He is also a member of the organ faculty of the Juilliard School, where he is responsible for the service-playing component of the curriculum. Active in the American Guild of Organists (AGO), Mr. Enlow is dean of the AGO’s New York City Chapter, has served on its national professional certification committee, and continues on its board of examiners. His work in early music includes serving as organist of the Clarion Orchestra and as répétiteur of the Clarion Choir, the highly acclaimed ensembles. Mr. Enlow regularly offers lectures, workshops, and concerts for chapter, regional, and national gatherings of the AGO and the Royal Canadian College of Organists. He holds both bachelor’s and master's degrees from the Juilliard School, where he studied with Paul Jacobs and John Weaver. Mr. Enlow also studied at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, and with John Tuttle in Toronto. Mr. Enlow’s national first prizes for performance include those of the Arthur Poister Competition and the Albert Schweitzer Organ Festival/USA.

Sara Murphy, “a gorgeous, deep, dark mezzo-soprano” (New York Times), is a vocal artist who has been called “absolutely unforgettable for her versatility and ability to conquer any sensitive soul” (El Nacional, Dominican Republic). The fall of 2016 marked her European debut at Opera Theater of Rome as Ulrica in Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera under the baton of Jesús López-Cobos. Her 2016-2017 season concluded at Carnegie Hall in the role of Mary Magdalene in Elgar’s The Apostles with American Symphony Orchestra. Opera News named the recent release of Hindemith’s The Long Christmas Dinner in which Sara portrays Mother Bayard and Ermengarde one of the “Top Ten Opera Recordings of 2015.” Past season highlights include Ligeti’s Requiem, Schnittke’s Nagasaki and Hindemith’s The Long Christmas Dinner with American Symphony Orchestra conducted by Leon Botstein, and Verdi’s Otello, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Mahler Symphony No. 8, Beethoven Symphony No. 9 and Tchaikovsky’s Ode to Joy at Cincinnati May Festival conducted by James Conlon. Her portrayal of Britten’s Phaedra, Barber’s Dover Beach and High Priestess (Aida) at Ravinia with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by James Conlon won acclaim from the Chicago Tribune: “a rich, voluminous mezzo voice, excellent diction and an acute feeling for words and music.” Sara holds degrees from Oberlin College and Catholic University. She is a first-prize winner of the Oratorio Society of New York Solo Vocal Competition, and a grant recipient of Inter-Cities Performing Arts and the Wagner Society of New York.

Praised for his “polished baritone and acting skills” and “sterling musical and physical work," baritone Steven Eddy is a versatile young performer with a broad repertoire spanning opera, oratorio, and art song. An avid concert performer and Baroque music specialist, Mr. Eddy has appeared with Seraphic Fire, American Classical Orchestra, Manhattan Concert Productions, Sacred Music in a Sacred Space, American Symphony Orchestra, Choral Arts Philadelphia, Handel Choir of Baltimore, New York Virtuoso Singers, Bach Vespers at Holy Trinity, The Choralis Foundation, Columbia Pro Cantare, Ensemble VIII, Saginaw Choral Society and Kalamazoo Bach Festival. Equally adept on the opera stage, Mr. Eddy’s roles include Raimbaud (Le comte Ory), Dandini (La Cenerentola), Charlie (Three Decembers), Sid (Albert Herring), Dancaïre (Carmen), Figaro (The Barber of Seville), Aeneas (Dido & Aeneas), Schaunard (La bohème), and John Brooke (Little Women). As a recitalist, he made his New York recital debut as a winner of the 2015 Joy In Singing Music Sessions, and has also performed in recital with the Aspen and Tanglewood Music Festivals, SongFest at Colburn, and the Brooklyn Art Song Society. He holds degrees from Indiana University and University of Michigan. For more information, please visit Mr. Eddy’s website at www.steveneddybaritone.com.

Cellist Sarah Hewitt-Roth, has talents that span a wide musical spectrum. As a chamber musician, Sarah has traveled throughout Europe and the United States, performing as a member of Philharmonia Virtuosi. She has also toured both nationally and internationally with The New York Chamber Soloists. Sarah is currently a member of the New York Pops Orchestra, and is a regular performer at Carnegie Hall as Assistant Principal Cellist of the New York City Chamber Orchestra. A frequent Broadway collaborator, Sarah has held cello chairs in ten shows on Broadway. She most recently held the solo cello chair at "Finding Neverland", and currently holds the cello chair at the hit show "Anastasia". Sarah has appeared on The Today Show, Late Night with David Letterman, and, most recently, the Late Show with Stephen Colbert. She has performed in ‘Live From Lincoln Center’ broadcasts and, among her other recording work, appears on albums with Tony Bennett, K.D.Lang, Antony and the Johnsons, and with jazz legend Ruby Braff. She has been a cellist on two Grammy Award winning albums, 'A Wonderful World' with Tony Bennett and on the original cast album of "Hairspray, the Musical". Comfortable in many different genres, Sarah has performed in concert with artists from Joshua Bell, to Beyoncé, to Joni Mitchell.

Hailed by the New York Times as “a finely polished, stylistically nimble ensemble,” the Choir of St. Ignatius Loyola is comprised of New York’s finest professional choral singers. The Choir’s “tremendous expressive and dynamic range” and “remarkable vocal discipline and finesse” (the New York Times) is featured in the Sacred Music in a Sacred Space concert series, now in its 27th season. Each member is a soloist in his or her own right in a variety of genres including early music, opera, oratorio and contemporary repertoire. The core group of 20 members sings a demanding schedule of weekly parish worship services in a wide range of repertoire, with particular emphasis on new works, the sacred Renaissance repertoire, and Gregorian chant. The Choir may be heard on recordings for the MSR Classics and AMDG labels. In March 2006, the Choir was invited as the headline chorus at the Southwestern American Choral Directors Association convention in St. Louis, Missourri. In April 2009, the Choir performed in the opening festival of radio station WNYC’s new Jerome L. Greene Performance Space, on a concert bill with René Pape, John Zorn, Ute Lemper, and Nico Muhly. The Orchestra of St. Ignatius Loyola, lauded by the New York Times for their “lean, taut and fiery playing,” participates in the Sacred Music in a Sacred Space concert series and enhances a number of parish worship services throughout the year. Members are drawn from among New York City’s most talented and stylistically versatile freelance musicians and have often been heard in the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the orchestras of the New York City Opera and New York City Ballet, and various period-instrument orchestras.

Since 2011, St. Ignatius Loyola Director of Music Ministries K. Scott Warren has led a dynamic music team consisting of over 150 individuals, professional and volunteer, in providing music at approximately 400 liturgies annually. He is the principal conductor of the 20-voice professional Choir of St. Ignatius Loyola, which sings a demanding schedule of services throughout the year, with repertoire spanning Gregorian chant to 21st-century masterpieces. The choir, along with the Orchestra of St. Ignatius Loyola, form the backbone of the parish’s critically acclaimed concert series, Sacred Music in a Sacred Space, whose recent performances have been lauded by the New York Times as “stirring...positively thrilling” and “broad, wide-ranging, and powerful.” In addition to the vast choral spectrum presented at St. Ignatius, Mr. Warren presides over the four manual, 91-rank N. P. Mander Organ, the largest mechanical action organ in the New York metro area, and an instrument of international stature.

All performance dates, artists and programs subject to change. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.


  • DOORS OPEN at 7:15 PM for a 8 PM concert start time.

  • LATE SEATING is at the discretion of the House Management. Latecomers may be asked to remain in the back of the church until there is a break in the program, so as not to disturb the performance or other audience members.

  • WILL CALL is available when the doors open at 7:15 PM inside the main doors of the church.

  • CHILDREN seated on an adult's lap do not need a ticket. Children seated in a chair or pew do need a ticket.

  • We no longer offer tickets for sale or any ticket pickup at the Parish House Reception desk.

  • Audio and/or video recording and flash photography are not permitted during performances.


  • The Church of St. Ignatius Loyola is wheelchair/walker accessible via the ramp entrance on 84th Street (between Park and Madison Avenues).

  • The restrooms are NOT easily accessible by wheelchair. The most easily accessible restrooms are in the Parish House (980 Park Avenue). There are two steps down from the street level into the Parish House and there is a restroom on that ground floor.

  • For reserved seating concerts, there is available seating for wheelchairs and companions. Please look for the Wheelchair and Wheelchair Companion tickets when purchasing. For general seating concerts, follow the directions of the ushers. Please call ahead (212-288-2520) to discuss any special seating requirements.


  • Street parking can be difficult to find, but there are a number of parking garages nearby. There are garages on 83rd Street (between Park and Lexington Avenues) and 84th Street (between Park and Lexington Avenues), as well as near the Metropolitan Museum of Art.


  • There are a number of fine and casual eating establishments located nearby on Madison Avenue (one block west of the church), Lexington Avenue (one block east of the church), Third Avenue (two blocks east of the church) and Second Avenue (three blocks east of the church).


  • The Church of St. Ignatius Loyola is easily reached via the 4, 5, and 6 subway lines (86th Street station), or buses on Madison, Lexington and Fifth Avenues, and on 86th Street.

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Church of St. Ignatius Loyola 980 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10028