Concert Series

Transfiguration is home to The Arnold Schwartz Memorial Concert Series, which was founded by Marie Schwartz in 2004 in memory of her late husband. Since then over fifty concerts, operas, and music dramas have been performed, using some of the finest singers and musicians in New York City. In addition, the church presents outstanding musical groups from September through June, as well as a Summer Concert Series.

Examples of Our Concerts can be seen on YouTube.

Upcoming Events

  • September 17, 2018

    7:30 pm

    Cramer Quartet (Jessica Park)
    A Haydn Retrospective
    Tickets: $25, $15 for students and seniors

    This program follows the evolution of the string quartet through Haydn’s life by featuring works from the composer’s most beloved and influential quartet collections. Quartet in F minor, Op. 20. No. 5 introduces a new dynamic to the quartet by showcasing four independent voices. Nicknamed “The Joke,” Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 33, No. 2 belongs to the opus that the composer himself described as being “written in a completely new and special style."

  • October 21, 2018

    3:00 pm

    The New York Classical Quartet
    Franz Joseph Haydn: Quartets from Op. 64
    Tickets:$30, $15 for students

    String quartets in the 18th century were almost entirely performed in private, by and for connoisseurs. This capstone of Haydn's quartet development before his London sojourns exhibits a new accessibility and tunefulness as well as a remarkable balance of humor, pathos, and compositional mastery.

  • November 02, 2018

    7:00 pm

    The Transfiguration Camerata and Chamber Orchestra
    An All Soul’s Day Mass Featuring Fauré’s Requiem
    Tickets: Suggested Donation

    Featuring the performance of Gabriel Faure’s sublime masterpiece Requiem.

  • November 30, 2018

    7:30 pm

    Empire Viols
    Channel Surfing
    Tickets: $15 at the door

    Renaissance and baroque music of France & England, with guest Lucine Musaelian, viol and voice. The group focuses on the rich repertoire for two viols and harpsichord, while also indulging in daring and adventurous transcriptions of music originally composed for other instruments.

  • December 14, 2018

    7:30 pm

    Christmas Candlelight Concert
    Vivaldi’s Gloria
    Voci from Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 plus traditional carols.
    Tickets: $40, $25 for students and seniors

    Vivaldi, a priest, music teacher and virtuoso violinist, composed this Gloria for the choir of the Ospedale della Pietà, an orphanage for girls, where he spent most of his career. This, his most famous choral piece, presents the traditional Gloria from the Latin Mass in twelve varied cantata-like sections.To purchase tickets online, please visit https://www.artful.ly/the-church-of-the-transfiguration

  • January 05, 2019

    3:00 pm

    Amahl and the Night Visitors
    Tickets: $25/$15 students and seniors

    This beloved opera was commissioned and first performed by the NBC Opera Theatre on December 24, 1951 in New York City at NBC studio 8H in Rockefeller Center, where it was broadcast live on television from that venue as the

  • January 15, 2019

    7:30 pm

    New York Composers Circle
    Klang String Quartet
    Tickets: $20 at the door, Free for students

    Violinist Gregor Kitzis and his Klang String Quartet have been wowing New York Composers Circle audiences for years at venues around Manhattan. And now NYCC is proud to bring their wonderful talents to Transfiguration! New works by NYCC members will be performed, including winners of the twelfth annual NYCC Composers' Competition.

  • January 18, 2019

    7:30 pm

    Friday, January 18, 7:30 P.M.
    Talisman: David Yardley and Christopher Preston Thompson Winter Concert
    Tickets: $15 at the door, concessions $10

    Join us for this unique concert by Talisman Medieval, presented by David Yardley (countertenor, harp) and Christopher Preston Thompson (tenor, harp). Be transported to a different time and place by evocative works of the Middle Ages as well as original compositions and transcriptions from medieval manuscripts created by the performers.

  • January 27, 2019

    3:00 pm

    The New York Classical Quartet
    Mozart: dedicated to Haydn
    Luigi Boccherini
    Tickets:$30, $15 for students

    Boccherini may not equal Haydn in abstract formal purity or ingenuity of motivic development, but he arguably surpasses Haydn in colorful textures, soloistic treatment of instruments, and extremes of mood, from exhausted languor to ecstatic exuberance, as shown in this selection of masterpieces deserving of wider hearing.

  • February 12, 2019

    7:30 pm

    New York Composers Circle
    Featuring New Organ Music Performed by Claudia Dumschat
    Tickets:$20, Free for students

    Transfiguration's Organist and Choirmaster Claudia Dumschat performs an eclectic range of new works by Frank Retzel, Raoul Pleskow, Chris Sahar, David Picton and more.

  • April 05, 2019

    7:30 pm

    Empire Viols
    Spring Forward
    Tickets: $15 at the door

    Treasured favorites from the varied repertoire of Empire Viols: Martha McGaughey, Carlene Stober, viols; Arthur Haas, harpsichord.

  • April 23, 2019

    7:30 pm

    New York Composers Circle: Wind Quintet
    Tickets: $20 at the door, Free for students

    The Manhattan premiere of a group from Sunderman Conservatory at Gettysburg College. With fine musicianship, a new CD release, and dedication to new composers, this promises to be an excellent concert. New works by NYCC members will be performed.

  • April 28, 2019

    3:00 pm

    The New York Classical Quartet
    Tickets: $30, $15 for students

    Each opus of Haydn's quartets signals in turn a new approach of some kind. Op. 50, from 1787, while continuing these startling innovations and clear advances, is furthermore a synthesis and focusing of ideas and issues. These are works of a broad classical maturity, exhibiting virtuosity in composition and performance.

  • May 23, 2019

    7:30 pm

    The Cramer Quartet
    Schubertiade: Immortal Mozart
    Tickets: $25, $15 for students and seniors

    Franz Schubert once wrote, “O Mozart, immortal Mozart, how many, oh how endlessly many such comforting perceptions of a brighter and better life hast thou brought to our souls!” By pairing both composers' music together in concert, the Cramer Quartet pays homage to Schubert and his admiration of Mozart.

  • June 07, 2019

    7:30 pm

    Händel’s Saul
    Tickets:$40, $25 for students and seniors

    Händel composed Saul with librettist Charles Jennens, with whom he also collaborated on the Messiah, and it was first performed in 1739. Tonight this oratorio is fully staged and performed as an opera. The dress is contemporary in order to clarify the characters' relationships and stress their timelessness. The Transfiguration Choirs, Soloists, and Chamber Orchestra, Claudia Dumschat, conductor.

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