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“Smoky Mary's has one of the best music programs in NYC”

Church of Saint Mary the Virgin
Charleston, South Carolina
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1,094 reviews
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“Smoky Mary's has one of the best music programs in NYC”
Reviewed 3 April 2013

St. Mary the Virgin, known by its many fans as "Smoky Mary's" due to the fact that, with its high Anglican services and its fairly modest size (being a midtown church jammed into the middle of a city block after all), once the incense gets going, there will be more than a few folks coughing and wiping tears from the corners of their eyes. I'm being overly dramatic, but just to be cautious, I keep my visits to between services, or when there are concerts there.

Most recently, in conjunction with Lincoln Center's White Light Festival, St. Mary the Virgin hosted a concert given by the Ensemble Basiani from the Republic of Georgia. This group is absolutely extraordinary. I had heard them previously as part of a Mostly Mozart mini-festival exploring polyphonic music at Alice Tully Hall, which was great, but this time, hearing them all by themselves, in a more intimate space with a supportive acoustic, was much much nicer.

A nice touch at the end was that there was a bit of a reception in a hall just to the left of the sanctuary. It was great to have a small glass of wine and shake the hands of a few of the gentlemen of the chorus.

Visited October 2012
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Palisades Park
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“Serene..”
Reviewed 26 February 2013

I came here twice to listen to the Tallis Scholars and the New York Polyphony. A perfect place as the voices rise through the church and sound absolutely heavenly. The architecture inside is beautiful, especially the starry ceiling.

Visited January 2013
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Gadsden, Alabama
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13 reviews
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“Amazing”
Reviewed 21 December 2012

Such a beautiful church. Easy to miss as you walk by but well worth going in. Amazing architectural details, just a lovely, peaceful place away from the hustle and bustle.

Visited December 2012
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“Episcopal Church in New York”
Reviewed 27 September 2012

Right next to the hotel where we stayed, The Sanctuary. Beautiful church with services available throughout the day.

Visited September 2012
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Vicksburg, Mississippi
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“NYC,NY”
Reviewed 23 July 2012

Lovely wood work,stain glass windows good, quiet place to pray on Sunday or anyday of the week. St Patricks under renovations so I recommend this church. You will not be disappointed, and it was across the street from our hotel.

Visited July 2012
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