Handel Dixit Dominus & Haydn Harmoniemesse

Wed. May 22, 2019 8:00pm - 10:00pm EDT
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Choir and Orchestra of St. Ignatius Loyola
Parish Community Choir
K. Scott Warren, conductor

Wendy Baker, soprano
Kate Maroney, mezzo soprano
John Tiranno, tenor
Neil Netherly, bass

Georg Friedrich Händel Dixit Dominus
Joseph Haydn Harmoniemesse


Wendy Baker, soprano, has a Master in Music Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music and she obtained a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Clayton State College.  She has been heard as a soloist in works including Handel’s Messiah, Saint-Saëns Oratorio de Noël, Poulenc Gloria, Vivaldi Gloria, Faure Requiem, Brahms Requiem, Haydn’s Stabat Mater and Theresienmesse, Mozart Requiem, and Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music.  She has sung the roles of Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Mother (Amahl and the Night Visitors), Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi), Giuletta (I Capuleti e i Montecchi), Gilda (Rigoletto), Madame Heartthrob (The Impresario), Countess (Le Nozze di Figaro), and the title roles in Suor Angelica and Lucia di Lammermoor. The recipient of numerous awards, Wendy was a Jensen Foundation National Finalist, Oratorio Society of New York Semi-Finalist, Gerda Lissner National Finalist and Grant Winner, and a Prize Winner in the Met District and Regional competitions. She has had the privilege of traveling to Israel and the Salzburg Music Festival where she sang as the soprano soloist in the Bloch Sacred Service under the baton of Zubin Mehta.  Wendy is grateful to be singing in Handel’s Dixit Dominus and Haydn’s Harmoniemesse with the choirs and orchestra of St. Ignatius. www.wendybakersoprano.com

Recognized by the New York Times for her “vibrant and colorful” singing, mezzo-soprano Kate Maroney is in demand on concert, oratorio and opera stages in works that span from the Renaissance to the 21st century. Kate is a passionate believer in the deeply transformative, fully humanizing power of music and in its ability to foster empathy in the community of performers and listeners alike. She particularly values collaborations with kind and generous colleagues who share this conviction. Kate’s recent and regular soloist appearances over recent seasons include with the Baldwin Wallace Bach Festival, The Chelsea  Symphony, Gare St. Lazare Ireland on a tour throughout Ireland of a Samuel Beckett pastiche, Portland Bach Experience, the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, Master Chorale of South Florida, Indianapolis Symphonic Choir, Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Berkshire Choral Festival, TENET, Acronym, Carmel Bach Festival, Opera Grand Rapids, New  York Baroque Incorporated at Trinity Wall Street, LA Opera, Lincoln Center Festival, Oregon Bach Festival, Musica Sacra, Bach Collegium San Diego, Princeton Pro Musica, Bach Vespers Holy Trinity, Mark Morris Dance Group, Yale Choral Artists, American Opera Projects, Berkshire Bach Society, and Clarion. Kate is sought after by composers and has collaborated with the Philip Glass Ensemble (Einstein on the Beach world tour from 2012—2015), John Corigliano, the John Eaton estate, David Lang, Martin Bresnick, Julia Wolfe, Missy Mazzoli,  Hannah Lash, Nina C. Young, Dominick Argento, Christopher Cerrone, Daron Hagen, Daniel Felsenfeld, Eve Beglarian, Paola Prestini, Ted Hearne, Scott Wheeler and the Experiments in Opera collective including Matthew Welch, Aaron Siegel and Jason Cady. Kate can be heard on multiple Grammy-nominated recordings including Julia Wolfe’s Pulitzer-winning Anthracite Fields (2015) and as a soloist on Maxamilian Steinberg’s Passion Week with Clarion, which was performed in Moscow, St. Petersburg, and London in 2016. Kate holds a D.M.A. from Eastman, degrees from SUNY Purchase and Yale, teaches voice pedagogy at Mannes (The New School), and resides in Brooklyn with musician-husband Red Wierenga, their new beautiful son, Ossian, and two adorable felines, Misha and Ayler. www.katemaroney.com

Tenor John Tiranno has had his singing called “ardent and mellifluous” by The New York Times. Notable past performances include Berlioz's Requiem (La Jolla Symphony & Chorus), Handel’s Messiah with the Santa Fe Symphony, Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 and Paul Moravec’s The Blizzard Voices (Oratorio Society of New York), Saint-Saëns Requiem (Festival Internazionale di Musica e Arte Sacra), creating the role of The Young Man in Gisle Kverndokk’s opera Upon this handful of earth (New York Opera Society & Sacred Music in a Sacred Space), Bach's B minor Mass, Mozart’s Requiem, and the U.S. premiere of Juraj Filas’ Oratio Spei – Requiem (Sacred Music in a Sacred Space), Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle (The Dessoff Choirs), his South American debut in Sao Paulo, Brazil singing Mozart’s Missa in C (Auditorio Ibirapuera), creating the role Trouble in Kverndokk's Max and Moritz (New York Opera Society), Beethoven’s 9th Symphony (Greenwich Village Orchestra), Richard Strauss' Deutsche Motette (Musica Sacra), Frederic in Pirates of Penzance (Opera Roanoke), Lord Tolloller in Iolanthe (Nashville Opera), Il Maestro delle Acque in La Nave (Teatro Grattacielo), Messiah (Dayton Philharmonic), and recitals at King Abdullah University of Science & Technology in Jedda, Saudi Arabia. www.johntiranno.com

Neil Netherly, bass-baritone, has appeared as a soloist in various performance venues around the NYC area and abroad.  Most notable of his solo concert appearances in the NYC area include Christus in Bach’s Saint John Passion, The Durfle Requiem, Saint-Saens Christmas Oratorio and Haydn's Heiligmesse.  Mr. Netherly has also had the honor of performing with the Grammy Award winning ensemble Roomful of Teeth, the two time Grammy Nominated Clarion Music Society and is a former Extra Chorus member of the Metropolitan Opera. A graduate of LSU, Mr. Netherly studied Vocal Performance under the artistic direction of world renowned Soprano Martina Arroyo, and did his post graduate studies at IU under the tutelage of world renowned Bass-Baritone Giorgio Tozzi.  Memorable solo performances with Baton Rouge Opera include The Messenger in Verdi's La Traviata and The Villager in I Pagliacci.  At IU, Mr. Netherly performed the role of Marco in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi and Marcello in La Boheme. 

Hailed by the New York Times as “broad, wide-ranging and powerful” and “a finely polished, stylistically nimble ensemble,” the Choir of St. Ignatius Loyola is comprised of New York’s finest professional choral singers. “A wondrous ensemble” (Opera News), 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 30th 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 emphasis on Gregorian chant and works of the Baroque and Romantic eras. The Choir may be heard on recordings for the MSR Classics and AMDG labels.  In addition to headlining at the Southwestern American Choral Directors Association Convention in St. Louis, the Choir also performed in the opening festival of radio station WNYC’s 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).

  • An accessible restroom is located just inside the Parish House on the ground floor. The Parish House is located closer to 83rd Street on Park Avenue. PLEASE NOTE the Parish House accessible restroom is not in the same building as the main church where the concert is located.

  • 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