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A Concert - Celebrating Dr. RONALD CROSS


Reserve your seat  HERE (For assistance with online reservations, please visit the welcome desk at the Library for the Performing Arts' Lincoln Center Plaza entrance, where volunteers will make a reservation for you, even if you do not use email. All registered seats are released 15 minutes before start time, so we recommend that you arrive early.)

Dr. Ronald Cross was a musicologist, performer, and composer.  Prior to his death in 2013, he was professor of music at Wagner College on Staten Island for 44 years.  Throughout his career, he was a strong supporter of the Music Division of the New York Public Library.

Among Dr. Cross’ prized possessions was a rare hymnal, the Cantiones Ecclesiasticae.  This book, published in 1545, was one of the earliest Lutheran hymnals, containing both Latin plainsong and German chorales.  It is a fascinating artifact from the early days of both Lutheranism and printing.   Dr. Cross bequeathed this volume to the Music Division of the New York Public Library. 

In celebration of Dr. Cross’ life and music, The Library for the Performing Arts presents a concert of choral music and chamber music, including selections from the Cantiones Ecclesiasticae, music from Dr. Cross’ editions of Niccolo da Perugia and Matteus Pipelare, and compositions by Dr. Cross.  The copy of the Cantiones Ecclesiasticae Dr. Cross donated to the library will be on display.  

This program takes place in the Library for the Performing Arts' Cafe, on the first floor, plaza level.   Enter via the Cafe entrance by ascending the stairs at the corner of Amsterdam Ave. and West 65th St.  Mobility imparied people may enter via 111 Amsterdam Ave.