Time's Arrow Festival

Watch video from Time’s Arrow, a celebration of music & arts in the new world for the 250th anniversary of St. Paul’s chapel that took place in January 2017. Works range from those foundational to American music to world premieres and commissions from leading American composers.

 

Trinity’s annual festival of January concerts, Time’s Arrow, which exemplifies Trinity’s signature juxtaposition of early and modern music, is a highlight of New York’s musical season. This year’s Time’s Arrow program celebrates the 250th anniversary of the opening of St. Paul’s Chapel. Completed on October 30, 1766, St. Paul’s is the oldest surviving church building in Manhattan. Works will range from those foundational to American music to world premieres and commissions from leading American composers.

 
Travelin’ Home
 

A series of five interactive recitals titled “Travelin’ Home,” offer music that one would have heard in Lower Manhattan from before St. Paul’s was built up to present day. The recitals present music of Native Americans, African slaves, the Dutch who built “New Amsterdam,” and 19th century immigrants, and the series finale concert evokes the melting pot of present-day Manhattan.

Two performances take place off-site. The first, at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, gives guests the opportunity to participate in the performance and tour the permanent collection “Infinity of Nations.” The second takes place at the Tenement Museum, during which guests will tour a historical tenement hearing music the culturally diverse occupants of the 19th century would have made while living there. The series is curated by Trinity Production Manager and trumpeter Walker Beard. All Travelin’ Home performances are free except the Tenement Museum experience. See full schedule below.

 

 

Schedule


Sunday, January 1, 8pm | St. Paul's Chapel
Compline by Candlelight: Lessons and Carols

Lessons and Carols
The Choir of Trinity Wall Street
Julian Wachner, conductor

Move peacefully into the new year with this traditional, candlelit Sunday evening service celebrating the birth of Jesus. Alternating readings with carols, The Choir of Trinity Wall Street leads and intimate version of this annual ritual.


Monday, January 2, 1pm & 5pm | St. Paul's Chapel
Opening Concert & Reception
A Creative Home: Music written and performed by Musicians of Trinity

Concerts at 1pm & 5pm
Reception following 5pm concert
Christopher Dylan Herbert, curator

1pm

Luthien Brackett, mezzo-soprano
Sarah Brailey, soprano
Steven Hrycelak, bass
Timothy Parsons, countertenor
Timothy Hodges, tenor
Christopher Dylan Herbert, baritone
Timothy Long, piano

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5pm

Melissa Attebury, mezzo-soprano
Andrew Fuchs, tenor
Timothy Hodges, tenor
Linda Lee Jones, soprano
Edmund Milly, bass-baritone
Christopher Dylan Herbert, baritone
Chris Reynolds, piano

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The opening of the Time's Arrow Festival will include two concerts on January 2nd, featuring music by composers who have worked and performed at Trinity Wall Street and Saint Paul's Chapel. While the majority of the music performed at Trinity is sacred music for choir, organ, and orchestra, Trinity's musicians represent a wealth of experience in other fields. The two concerts will focus on the intimate art song genre, and feature music by Trinity composers from 1990 to the present, including Doug Balliett, James Blachly, Caleb Burhans, Owen Burdick, Chris DeBlasio, Eric Dudley, Caroline Shaw, Julian Wachner, and Jonathan Woody.


Tuesday, January 3, 1pm | St. Paul's Chapel
Bach at One: Christmas Oratorio, I, III

Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 (parts 1 and 3)
The Choir of Trinity Wall Street
Trinity Baroque Orchestra
Julian Wachner, conductor

Bach's Christmas Oratorio of joyous choruses, intimate arias and colorful orchestration depicts the Christmas story as a drama to rival his monumental passions.

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Wednesday, January 4, 1pm | St. Paul's Chapel
Bach at One: Christmas Oratorio, II, IV

Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 (parts 2 and 4)
The Choir of Trinity Wall Street
Trinity Baroque Orchestra
Julian Wachner, conductor

Bach's Christmas Oratorio of joyous choruses, intimate arias and colorful orchestration depicts of the Christmas story as a drama to rival his monumental passions.

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Wednesday, January 4, 5pm | St. Paul's Chapel
Crumb American Songbook

George Crumb - American Songbook III: Unto These Hills
Elspeth Davis, mezzo-soprano
Erika Dohi, piano
Sandbox Percussion: Ian Rosenbaum, Victor Caccese, Jonny Allen, Terry Sweeney

Known for music that resonates with deeper meanings rooted in the American experience, George Crumb’s American Songbook features prolific folk songs for voice accompanied by a battery of percussion with innovative extended techniques.

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Thursday, January 5, 3pm & 5pm
Travelin’ Home

Walker Beard, curator

3pm | The Indigenous People of New York City | National Museum of the American Indian

Irka Mateo, singer/songwriter
William Chimborazo, cultural interpreter

What we now know as Broadway was once a trail walked by the Lenape people from Manhattan to Westchester. The first concert of the Travelin’ Home series is a celebration of the music of the people indigenous to New York City that would have been heard at Saint Paul’s front doors, before it existed.

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5pm | The African Burial Grounds | St. Paul's Chapel

Stephen Salters, baritone

In October 1991, the General Services Administration announced the discovery of the African Burial Grounds during excavation for the construction of a new federal office building here in Lower Manhattan. At this concert, hear the music of the forgotten slaves that literally built New York before the GSA existed, and learn of Trinity’s unique connection.

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Friday January 6, 1pm | St. Paul's Chapel
Bach at One: Christmas Oratorio, V, VI

Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 (Parts 5 and 6)
The Choir of Trinity Wall Street
Trinity Baroque Orchestra
Julian Wachner, conductor

Bach's Christmas Oratorio of joyous choruses, intimate arias and colorful orchestration depicts of the Christmas story as a drama to rival his monumental passions.

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Saturday January 7, 1pm & 3pm | St. Paul's Chapel
Artemisia (1pm) and REV. 23 (3pm)
 
1pm

Laura Schwendinger, composer
Ginger Strand, librettist
Leni Schwendinger, Lighting-Image Designer
NOVUS NY
Julian Wacher, conductor

CAST:
Artemisia Gentileschi: Patricia Green
Susanna: Marnie Breckenridge
Tomasso: Andrew Fuchs
Agostino Tassi, Elder 1: Andrew Garland
Cosimo di Medici, Elder: Jonathan Woody
Oculist: Christopher Sokolowski

Laura Schwedinger's Artemisia, an opera of passion, betrayal and art in 17th century Italy, is based on the life of Italian painter Artemisia Gentileschi. With a libretto by Ginger Strand, author of The Brothers Vonnegut, Artemisia is a recipient of a National Opera Center Discovery grant.

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3pm

Julian Wachner, composer and conductor
Cerise Jacobs, creator and librettist
Joshua Major, workshop director
Mark Streshinsky, stage director
Cori Ellison, dramaturg
Joe Gladstone, stage manager
Daniela Candillari, assistant conductor
Friends of Madame White Snake, executive producer
NOVUS NY

CAST:
Lucifer: Joshua Quinn
Hades: Vale Rideout
Persephone: Heather Buck
Adam: John McVeigh
Eve: Katherine Pracht
Sun Tze: Matt Anchel
Arch Angel: Michael Maniaci
Fury 1: Jamie-Rose Guarrine
Fury 2: Melanie Long
Fury 3: Nora Graham Smith

Julian Wachner’s REV. 23 is a comic exploration of an “unpublished” 23rd chapter of the Book of Revelation, romping through our collective unconscious to connect the Beginning and the End in a libretto crafted by Pulitzer Prize winner Cerise Lim Jacobs, creator of the Pulitzer Prize winning Madame White Snake.

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January 6, 7 & 9; 7:30pm | NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts
New Music Chamber Opera: Breaking the Waves

Protoype Festival × NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts
Missy Mazzoli and Royce Vavrek: Breaking the Waves
Featuring NOVUS NY and members of The Choir of Trinity Wall Street
Julian Wachner, conductor

This chamber opera makes its New York City premiere at Prototype’s annual festival of opera-theatre and music-theatre. Breaking the Waves is a psychological drama about marital vows and sacrificial love based on the film by Lars Von Trier. This performances contains nudity.

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Sunday, January 8, 3pm | National Sawdust
Ferus Festival: Mass Reimaginings Commissions Showcase

Ferus Festival - National Sawdust
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Selected Mass Reimaginings Movements
NOVUS NY
The Choir of Trinity Wall Street
Julian Wachner, conductor

The FERUS festival, an extravaganza of new music, theater, and visuals, presents selected Mass Reimaginings movements by Julian Wachner, Daniel Felsenfeld, Paola Prestini, Sarah Kirkland Snider and Jonathan Newman. Mass Reimaginings is a major long-term project commissioned by Trinity Church Wall Street, curated by composer Daniel Felsenfeld, for which five of today's most diverse and compelling composers have each been invited to offer their own 21st-century take on the traditional Mass.

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Sunday, January 8, 8pm | St. Paul's Chapel
Compline by Candlelight

The Choir of Trinity Wall Street
Julian Wachner, conductor

The final service of the traditional monastic Ritual of the Hours, Compline—from the Latin verb complere, meaning to complete—is one of the oldest services of the Christian Church. Darkened and candlelit, St. Paul’s hosts this intimate offering of chant, improvisation, psalmody, and newly composed sacred works.


Monday, January 9, 1pm | St. Paul's Chapel
On This Island

Sarah Brailey, soprano
Lynn Baker, piano

New York City has long been the capital of immigrant America and Manhattan island has played an influential role in the lives of many significant composers from Antonin Dvorak to Thea Musgrave. This program explores the immigrant experience from the turn of the 20th century to present day.

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Tuesday, January 10, 1pm | St. Paul's Chapel
Travelin’ Home: Across the Pond; New Amsterdam to New York

Helicon
Beth Wenstrom & Johanna Novom, Violins
Ezra Seltzer, Cello
Charles Weaver, Guitar
Avi Stein, Harpsichord & Artistic Director

Before the Queen of England laid stake to this land and built Trinity Church, the Dutch inhabited what was called, “New Amsterdam.”  In New York’s oldest public building, hear the music of those who came across the pond to this island in the New World.

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Tuesday, January 10, 5pm | St. Paul's Chapel
Founders: American Excursions

Founders: 
Ben Russell, violin and voice
Hamilton Berry, cello and voice
Brandon Ridenour, piano and trumpet
Andrew Roitstein, bass
Yoonah Kim, clarinet

Founders perform creative arrangements of American music by Louis Armstrong, Dave Brubeck, Harold Arlen, Bobby Bland and more, along with poetry set to song by the chilling American poet, Edgar Allan Poe.

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Wednesday, January 11, 6:30pm | NYC Tenement Museum
Travelin’ Home: Tenements and the Immigrant Experience in the 19th Century

Walker Beard, curator

What would the Lower East Side have sounded like in 1869? Spend an evening at the Tenement Museum as live musicians perform in an historic tenement, bringing to life the kinds of music that would have been heard in saloons and homes. The musical traditions of German and Irish immigrants came together in these spaces. Listen to the music in an intimate space and hear about the significance of these songs, not just for those who would have performed them, but also for their influence on American music.

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Wednesday, January 11, 5pm | St. Paul's Chapel
Commission for St. Paul’s Chapel: Spire and Shadow

Zachary Wadsworth: Spire and Shadow
Downtown Voices
NOVUS NY
Stephen Sands, conductor

Spire and Shadow celebrates the 250th anniversary of the opening of St. Paul's Chapel, combining colorful and vibrant new music by Zachary Wadsworth with powerful poems about New York City spanning five centuries. Commissioned by Trinity Church Wall Street, this major new work explores the history of our church, the city of New York, and the many residents who have lived, loved, suffered, toiled, and triumphed here.

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Thursday, January 12, 1pm | St. Paul's Chapel
Travelin’ Home: Contemporary New York Melting Pot

Triton Brass Quintet
Walker Beard, curator

Travelin’ Home culminates with a performance by the Triton Brass Quintet that is reminiscent of the four preceding Travelin’ concerts and representative of the contemporary melting pot that New York City has become.

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Thursday, January 12, 5pm | St. Paul's Chapel
Time’s Arrow Finale

Works by Hildegard von Bingen, Machaut and Dufay
Paola Prestini: A Mass: The Imaginary World of Wild Order
NOVUS NY
The Choir of Trinity Wall Street
Julian Wachner, conductor

Time’s Arrow culminates with the world premiere of Paola Prestini’s contribution to Trinity’s long-term commissioning project, “Mass Reimmaginings,” interspersed with music of the Medieval and early Renaissance.

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