Concerts at One

Concerts at One: Revolutionaries

Concerts at One, 2016 Spring Music Festival
Revolutionaries: The late works of Beethoven & Ginastera
Don’t Miss the Season Finale Concerts!
May 17, 19, & 20 | Trinity Church (Broadway at Wall Street)
Thursdays at 1pm, Trinity continues its tradition of presenting incredible talent through Concerts at One. This series is free and open to all and has a rich history of bringing a wide array of music to Lower Manhattan since the 1920s. The 2015-16 season celebrates renowned and new professional musicians, as well as partnerships with major artists and arts organizations, performing a spectrum of works spanning almost 700 years.
This spring, Trinity's Music & the Arts program presents Revolutionaries: a festival celebrating the centennial of Alberto Ginastera by pairing music from his third compositional period with that of fellow revolutionary Ludwig van Beethoven. Although the two composers were born centuries and continents apart, both were caught up in the political upheaval of their respective times, and both are distinguished by the revolutionary nature of their work—especially that of their third periods.
The festival takes place March 3-May 20, 2016, and features more than 40 works, highlighted by Beethoven's epic Symphony No. 9 and Missa Solemnis, and Ginastera's Cello Concerto No. 1 and Psalm 150.
Beethoven's sympathy with the French Revolution and admiration for Napoleon are common knowledge; so too is the account of his striking the dedication to Napoleon from his "Eroica" Symphony No. 3 when his hero flouted the ideals of "liberté, égalité, fraternité" by crowning himself emperor. Less well known is Ginastera's role in the unrest that led to the Argentine Revolution of the 1960s and '70s. Having lost an early teaching position for protesting the dismissal of his colleagues, he went on to lose his directorship of the conservatory that he himself had founded, for resisting orders to name it for Eva Perón. Several of his works were banned in his homeland, and he spent much of his life in self-imposed exile.
It was through the mature masterpieces of his third period that Beethoven most conclusively revolutionized the history of Western art music. Similarly, it was during his Neo-Expressionist third period that Ginastera synthesized avant-garde, twelve-tone techniques with the idioms of his native Argentina, achieving a truly original compositional voice.
NOVUS NY, the resident orchestra for the Concerts at One Third Thursdays series, is an integral part of Revolutionaries, along with The Choir of Trinity Wall Street. It was the two ensembles' once-in-a-lifetime account of Ginastera's monumental Turbae ad passionem gregorianam at Carnegie Hall during the 2014-15 season that prompted The New York Times to note, "Adventure and ambition go hand in hand at Trinity Wall Street."
Guest artists include 1B1, the Chamber Orchestra Kremlin, Eliot Fisk, Matt Haimovitz, the Borromeo String Quartet, and Paavali Jumppanen, in addition to new music specialists Jeffrey Zeigler, Pedja Muzijevic, Ashley Bathgate, and the Enso String Quartet. Trinity's semiprofessional choir Downtown Voices and the Trinity Youth Chorus will join the festival for its finale week, May 15-20, 2016.
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Current Schedule
Finale week of Revolutionaries
Tuesday, May 17, 1pm | Trinity Church▶Watch Video
Momenta Quartet with Vicky Chow, piano
"A paragon of the concert-going experience: excellent music that was entirely fresh and new, played with skill and élan... Momenta's playing throughout the concert was superb." —George Grella, New York Classical Review (September 2014)
Emilie-Anne Gendron, violin
Adda Kridler, violin
Stephanie Griffin, viola
Michael Haas, cello
Ludwig van Beethoven – Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111
Alberto Ginastera – Piano Quintet, Op. 29 (1963)
Ludwig van Beethoven – String Quartet No. 16 in F Major, Op. 135
Thursday, May 19, 1pm | Trinity Church▶Watch Video
Third Thursdays: 1B1
This Third Thursday concert features the award-winning Norwegian string ensemble 1B1, a group dedicated to changing the cultural landscape of the classical music world through progressive performances.
Alberto Ginastera – Glosse Sobre Temes De Pau Casals op. 46
Richard Strauss – Metamorphosen
Knut Nystedt – Concerto Arctandriae op. 128
Friday, May 20, 1pm | Trinity Church▶Watch Video
Eliot Fisk, guitar
"Eliot Fisk proved once more that he is a connoisseur's guitarist. His programming is invariably imaginative, his technique effortless... If you didn't know better, you'd think playing the guitar was easy." —The Atlanta Journal
Alberto Ginastera – Sonata for guitar, Op. 47 (1976, Rev. 1981)
Robert Beaser – Shenandoah for solo guitar
Luciano Berio – Sequenza XI
John Corigliano – Red Violin Caprices
Friday, May 20, 7pm | Trinity Church▶Watch Video
Finale Concert
To conclude Trinity's spring 2016 music season, Revolutions, The Choir of Trinity Wall Street, Trinity Youth Chorus, Downtown Voices, NOVUS NY, and 1B1 join forces, under the leadership of Julian Wachner, for a stunning finale concert of Ginastera's Psalm 150 and Beethoven's monumental Symphony No. 9.
Julian Wachner, conductor
Alberto Ginastera – Psalm 150
Ludwig van Beethoven – Symphony No. 9
Previous Concerts at One
Fall Season: Eclectics
With a focus on Trinity’s new outreach program and partnerships with several underserved schools, Concerts at One this fall is aptly titled Eclectics: concerts that are as unique as they are engaging.
Friday, September 11, 1pm▶Watch Video
West Point Band and the West Point Glee Club: A Celebration of the City
The Army's oldest musical organization presents a diverse program of classical and patriotic works celebrating the beauty and strength of New York City, and those who protect both it and our nation.
Thursday, October 8, 1pm▶Watch Video
The Choir of Trinity Wall Street
As peerless interpreters of both early and new music, the GRAMMY®-nominated Choir of Trinity Wall Street has set the standard for choral excellence with its vocal artistry described by The Times (London) as "blazing with vigour…a choir from heaven."
Julian Wachner, conductor
Frank Martin – Mass for Double Choir
Richard Strauss – Der Abend
Gustav Mahler – Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen
Thursday, October 15, 1pm▶Watch Video
Third Thursdays with NOVUS NY
Hailed by the New Yorker as "expert and versatile musicians," NOVUS NY is the contemporary music orchestra of Trinity Wall Street. This Third Thursday concert will present works by Brahms and the NY Philharmonic's newly named composer-in-residence, Esa-Pekka Salonen.
NOVUS NY featuring Mellissa Hughes, soprano
Julian Wachner, conductor
Johannes Brahms – Serenade No. 2 in A Major, Op. 16
Esa-Pekka Salonen – Five Images After Sappho (1999)
Thursday, October 22, 1pm▶Watch Video
Jeremy Kittel Band
"...fiddle music, from the devilish to the divine, played by a consummate musician whose style and repertoire sit somewhere between Nashville and Nairn." —Folk World
Jeremy Kittel Band:
Jeremy Kittel, fiddle/violin
Joshua Pinkham, mandolin
Nathaniel Smith, cello
Simon Chrisman, hammered dulcimer
Jeremy Kittel has earned a reputation as one of the most exceptional violinists and fiddlers of his generation. With tremendous musicality; a rare mastery of styles as diverse as jazz, Scottish and Irish fiddle, bluegrass, classical music, and more; a unique compositional voice; and an "exhilarating stage presence" (Strings magazine), Kittel inspires listeners and fans worldwide through his solo work and collaborations.
Thursday, October 29, 1pm▶Watch Video
Founders: You & Who
Reimagining chamber music through songwriting
The group Founders seeks to bring classical instruments to a wider audience of music lovers, defying the stereotype that because someone is classically trained, they can't "rock out." Although classical instruments are frequently used in the background of rock music, in Founders classical instruments are the sound of the band, coupled with memorable songs and vocals.
Brandon Ridenour, trumpet and piano
Ben Russell, violin and vocals
Hamilton Berry, cello and vocals
Andrew Roitstein, bass
From Appalachian folk originals to acoustic explorations of experimental rock, Founders is a newly formed group comprised of some of New York City's most dynamic classical musicians.
"We love creating new music. The reward always surpasses the risk simply because we have this opportunity to create. As a group, we feel compelled to move and progress in a direction that will positively influence the evolution of music. In the grand scheme of things, we believe it is actually more risky to be traditionalists and seek a 'safe' road toward success. Taking a chance is what the creating art is all about. We hope to be a group that can open the minds of future generations of music makers and music lovers."
Thursday, November 5, 1pm▶Watch Video
Freedom Concert
Modeled after the "freedom concerts" presented by the late Coretta Scott King throughout her leadership in the civil rights movement, this concert will present poetry and prose along with a wide range of classical and contemporary music.
Artists performing: Joe Chappel, Charles Duke, Brennan Hall, James Jackson Jr., David Hurd, Korland Simmons, Byron Sean, and Jonathan Woody
Malcolm Merriweather, director
Thursday, November 12, 1pm▶Watch Video
Thomas Bergeron Ensemble: Sacred Feast
Trumpet master Thomas Bergeron's genre-bending creativity impressed critics with his new album "Sacred Feast," which reimagines the music of Olivier Messiaen. For this performance he brings a nine-piece ensemble, combining a jazz quintet with a classical string quartet.
In addition to his own hybrid jazz chamber ensemble, Thomas Bergeron performs as a sideman with many jazz groups in New York City, is a member of the Atlantic Brass Quintet, and is principal trumpet with the Springfield Symphony. He recently concluded a two-year residency at Carnegie Hall with Ensemble ACJW, and has performed with Vampire Weekend, The Danish National Symphony Orchestra, The American Symphony, The Temptations, Idina Menzel, Judy Collins, Jon Irabagon, Arlo Guthrie, Ernie Watts, and the Radio City Christmas Orchestra, among others. His network television appearances include Saturday Night Live, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and CBS This Morning.
As an educator, Bergeron is dedicated to sharing music in communities that would not otherwise be able to access it. He currently teaches inmates at Sing Sing Maximum Security Correctional Facility through Musicambia and is an educational consultant for The Harmony Program in New York City. Thomas has held teaching positions at Williams College, Bennington College, Yale, and Amherst College.
Thursday, November 19, 1pm▶Watch Video
Third Thursdays with NOVUS NY
The acclaimed percussion quartet from NOVUS NY will perform Strange and Sacred Noise, a monumental work by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Adams.
NOVUS NY percussion featuring the Sandbox Quartet: Jonathan Allen, Victor Caccese, Ian Rosenbaum, and Terry Sweeney
John Luther Adams – Strange and Sacred Noise
Thursday, December 3, 1pm▶Watch Video
Chris Pattishall Quintet: Scenes from Winter
Drawing from a broad range of influences, including Schubert's Winterreise and compositions by jazz musicians John Lewis, Bill Evans, and Thad Jones, as well as familiar holiday songs, this program paints a picture of the many moods of this special season.
Recently named by Wynton Marsalis as one of the top five jazz musicians under 30 to watch, Chris Pattishall is quickly generating a powerful presence in the jazz world. Pattishall returns to Trinity with a diverse program of standard jazz, original, and holiday tunes.
Thursday, December 10, 1pm▶Watch Video
PROJECT Trio: From Bach to Rock to Hip Hop
This genre-defying group delivers "subversive humor and first-rate playing" (Wall Street Journal). Expect a program that includes classical, jazz, rock, hip-hop, salsa, and everything in between!
Greg Patillo, flute
Eric Stephenson, cello
Peter Seymour, bass
Combining the virtuosity of world-class artists with the energy of rock stars, PROJECT Trio is breaking down traditional ideas of chamber music. Blending their classical training with an eclectic taste in musical styles, they make a big impact on audiences of all ages. The genre-defying Trio is acclaimed by the press as "packed with musicianship, joy and surprise" and "exciting a new generation of listeners about the joys of classical and jazz music."
Thursday, December 17, 1pm▶Watch Video
Canadian Brass: Holiday Concert
Celebrate the holidays with Canadian Brass, performing seasonal favorites along with classical brass standards in an entertaining afternoon of virtuosic playing and heartwarming humor.
Canadian Brass:
Christopher Coletti & Caleb Hudson, trumpet
Bernhard Scully, horn
Achilles Liarmakopoulos, trombone
Chuch Daellenbach, tuba
With an international reputation as one of the most popular brass ensembles today, Canadian Brass has truly earned the distinction of "the world’s most famous brass group." Masters of concert presentations, Canadian Brass has developed a uniquely engaging stage presence and rapport with audiences. Each of their concerts shows the full range from trademark Baroque and Dixieland tunes to new compositions and arrangements created especially for them—from formal classical presentation to music served up with lively dialogue and theatrical effects.
Spring Season: Revolutionaries
Thursday, March 3, 1pm▶Watch Video
Chamber Orchestra Kremlin
"Russia is popularly known for two things - its rockets and its violins. The Chamber Orchestra Kremlin is renowned for the latter, but their music will take you soaring as if somehow there is a connection to the former." —Andresen Dagbladet
Chamber Orchestra Kremlin:
John Corigliano – Voyage for string orchestra
Eskender Bekmambetov – "For Misha's Gang," Suite for small, regular, large, and extra large fiddles (premiere)
Alberto Ginastera – Concerto for strings, Op. 33 (1965)
Thursday, March 10, 1pm▶Watch Video
Jeffrey Zeigler, cello and Pedja Muzijevic, piano
Described by The New York Times as a cellist who performs "with unforced simplicity and beauty of tone," Jeffrey Zeigler is joined by pianist Pedja Muzijevic in this performance including works by Ginastera, Beethoven, and Richard Wilson.
Alberto Ginastera – Sonata, for violoncello and piano, Op. 49 (1979)
Ludwig van Beethoven – Twelve Variations for cello and piano in G major on Handel's "See, the Conqu'ring Hero comes," WoO 45
Richard Wilson – Motivations for cello and piano
Thursday, March 17, 1pm▶Watch Video
Third Thursdays with NOVUS NY
Hailed by the New Yorker as "expert and versatile musicians," NOVUS NY is the contemporary music orchestra of Trinity Wall Street. This Third Thursday concert will present works by Ginastera and Stravinsky.
NOVUS NY and The Choir of Trinity Wall Street featuring Sarah Brailey, soprano, Melissa Attebury, alto, Steven Caldicott Wilson, tenor & Joseph Beutel, bass
Julian Wachner, conductor
Alberto Ginastera – Cantata para América mágica
Igor Stravinsky – Les Noces
Thursday, March 31, 1pm▶Watch Video
Ashley Bathgate, cello
"Ms. [Ashley] Bathgate's rich tone, fluid dynamics and imaginative phrasing captured the magic... an eloquent new-music interpreter. —The New York Times
"Bathgate is the kind of player who can enliven music, make it sparkle and radiate warmth." —Albany Times Union
Alberto Ginastera – Puneña no.2 ("Hommage à Paul Sacher"), for violoncello, Op. 45 (1976)
Benjamin Britten – Suite for solo cello
J.S. Bach – Suite for solo cello
Thursday, April 7, 1pm▶Watch Video
Enso Quartet
Described by Strad magazine as "thrilling," and praised by the Washington Post for its "glorious sonorities," the Enso String Quartet presents works by Ginastera and Beethoven in this concert, inviting soprano Mellissa Hughes for Ginastera's String Quartet No. 3 for soprano and string quartet.
Enso Quartet:
Maureen Nelson, violin
Ken Hamao, violin
Melissa Reardon, viola
Richard Belcher, cello
Mellissa Hughes, soprano
Alberto Ginastera – String Quartet No. 3, for soprano and string quartet, Op. 40 (1973)
Ludwig van Beethoven – String Quartet No. 15 in A minor, Op. 132
Thursday, April 14, 1pm▶Watch Video
Paavali Jumppanen, piano
"...the sheer, overflowing energy of [Paavali Jumppanen's] musicianship held one's attention throughout this impressive performance and the result was a bracing and enjoyable reminder of how path-breaking Beethoven's music was." —The Boston Globe on a previous performance by Jumppanen of Beethoven's piano sonatas
Alberto Ginastera – Piano Sonata No. 2, Op. 53 (1981)
Ludwig van Beethoven – Piano Sonata No. 29 in B-flat Major ("Hammerklavier") Op. 106
Thursday, April 21, 1pm▶Watch Video
Third Thursdays with NOVUS NY
Hailed by the New Yorker as "expert and versatile musicians," NOVUS NY is the contemporary music orchestra of Trinity Wall Street. This Third Thursday concert will present works by Ginastera and Gabriel Fauré, with guest baritone Christopher Herbert.
NOVUS NY and Christopher Herbert, baritone
Julian Wachner, conductor
Alberto Ginastera – Cantata Bomarzo, Op. 32 (1964)
Gabriel Fauré – Requiem (1893 version)
Thursday, April 28, 1pm▶Watch Video
Alex Sopp, flute
New York-based flutist Alex Sopp performs all different genres of music and has received praise from The New York Times for her "beautifully nuanced" and "exquisite" performances. She has been called "outstanding" and "an admired new music mainstay" by Time Out New York.
Claude Debussy – Syrinx
Edgard Varese – Density 21.5
Astor Piazolla – Tango Etudes for solo flute
Alberto Ginastera – Puneña No. 1, for flute, Op. 41 (1973, left incomplete at the time of the composer's death)
Julian Wachner – Inverted Skies (2012)
Thursday, May 5, 1pm
Borromeo String Quartet
"Most artists can go to extremes when needed; then there are those who seem to positively thrive there—Caravaggio, Almodóvar, Nirvana. The Borromeo Quartet, too." —Matthew Guerrieri, The Boston Globe
Nicholas Kitchen, violin
Kristopher Tong, violin
Mai Motobuchi, viola
Yeesun Kim, cello
Alberto Ginastera – String Quartet No. 2, Op. 26 (1958, Rev. 1968)
Ludwig van Beethoven – String Quartet No 14 in C-sharp minor, Op. 131
Thursday, May 12, 1pm▶Watch Video
Chelsea Chen, organ
Internationally renowned organist and composer Chelsea Chen brings her compositional style—hailed as "charming" and "irresistible" (Los Angeles Times)—to this performance of works by Ginastera, Maurice Duruflé, and Nicolas De Grigny.
Alberto Ginastera – Variazioni e Toccata sopra Aurora lucis rutilat, Op. 52 (1980)
Maurice Duruflé – Prelude, Adagio and Chorale Variations on Veni Creator
Nicolas De Grigny – Veni Creator Spiritus
Sunday, May 15, 5pm
Trinity Choirs
The Choir of Trinity Wall Street, along with Trinity's semi-professional choir Downtown Voices and new-music ensemble NOVUS NY join forces along with cellist Matt Haimovitz for a performance of Ginastera's Cello Concerto #1 and Beethoven's Missa Solemnis.
The Choir of Trinity Wall Street, Downtown Voices, and NOVUS NY
Matt Haimovitz, cello
Julian Wachner, conductor
Alberto Ginastera – Cello Concerto #1
Ludwig van Beethoven – Missa Solemnis