Richard Westenburg, one of New Yorkâ€™s leading choral conductors, died of cancer on February 20. He was best known as founder and conductor of Musica Sacra, a group that has become one of the cityâ€™s most successful choruses, whose performances of Messiah have been a staple of New Yorkâ€™s holiday season for many years. Westenburg had broad musical interests, and performed works by composers as diverse as Hildegard von Bingen, Olivier Messiaen, and Meredith Monk, as well as the classics of choral literature. He was also a skilled pianist and organist, as well as a student of film and theology. Throughout his long career, Westenburg was active as music director in several of New Yorkâ€™s largest churches, and served on the faculties of Mannes College of Music, Juilliard School of Music, and Union Theological Seminary.
Musica Sacra: Messiaen -- O sacrum convivium
Musica Sacra: Handel -- Messiah: Hallelujah