WESTFIELD – New York Polyphony, the internationally renowned vocal group comprised of four classically trained, but forward-singing voices — two tenors, a countertenor and a bass-baritone, will perform in concert at St. Paul’s Church in Westfield on Sunday, January 21 at 5 p.m. Steeple Concerts at St. Paul’s is delighted to present this highly touted early music ensemble as part of its 2023-2024 concert series. Founded in 2006, the New York-based quartet is praised for their “perfect cohesion that translates into a common breath, unfailing accuracy, shared phrasing [and a] homogeneity of dynamics.” (La Croix) Critically acclaimed for a “rich, natural sound that’s larger and more complex than the sum of its parts” (NPR) and as “singers of superb musicianship and vocal allure” (The New Yorker), New York Polyphony is one of the foremost vocal chamber ensembles active today. Their innovative programming spans everything from Gregorian chant to contemporary, ground-breaking commissions. Their focus on both the familiar and rare works of the 12th-17th centuries artfully marries the mystery and enchantment of early music with the more open musical tastes and sensibilities of modern audiences.
Concert tickets, priced at $30/adults and $15/students, are available on the Steeple Concerts website at www.steepleconcerts.org. Tickets can also be purchased at the door.
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is located at 414 East Broad Street in Westfield. Church and area parking are free. A “meet-and-greet-the-performers” reception will follow the event.
The quartet’s discography includes two GRAMMY-nominated albums. Many of their releases have topped the “best of” lists in The New Yorker, Gramophone, and The New York Times.
The group tours extensively, performing in concert halls and participating in major festivals in England, The Netherlands, Norway, Germany, Spain, Colombia, Canada, and Taipei. In the US, they have performed in all but eight states and, advises St. Paul’s Music Director Mark Hyczko, “Steeple Concerts is thrilled and honored to add Westfield to the group’s growing list of concert venues.”
Steeple Concerts at St. Paul’s are sponsored by The Friends of Music at St. Paul’s, a 501c3 organization that promotes musical events in the Westfield area and beyond. Steeple Concerts are also made possible per funds from the Union County Office of Cultural & HeritageAffairs, a partner of the NJ Council on the Arts. For more information on the 2023-2024 Steeple Concert season, go to www.steepleconcerts.org.