Mass Reimaginings

Mass Reimaginings is a long-term commissioning project, curated by composer Daniel Felsenfeld. Five of today's most diverse and compelling composers have each been invited to offer their own 21st-century take on the traditional Mass, to be premiered by The Choir of Trinity Wall Street and new-music orchestra NOVUS NY, under the leadership of Julian Wachner.

The project began in 2015 and ended in 2018. Folded into the programming for the TOTAL EMBRACE series is the culmination of the project. With an emphasis on outstanding female composers, characteristic of much of Trinity’s programming, Mass settings to be performed include the world premieres of Sarah Kirkland Snider’s Mass for the Endangered and an encore performance of Paola Prestini’s Imaginary World of Wild Order: A Mass, the latter on a program with “Meditations” from Bernstein’s own theatrical contribution to the genre. World premieres of Jonathan Newman’s Mass and Wachner’s Epistle Mass will also be performed, along with the first of the project’s commissions, Daniel Felsenfeld’s Astrophysical Mass.

 

Spring 2018 Masses


Thursday, April 26, 1pm
TOTAL EMBRACE: Leonard Bernstein at 100
St. Paul’s Chapel - FreeWatch Concert

Copland (Arr. Bernstein/Wachner): El Salón Mexico
Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde
Snider: Mass for the Endangered (world premiere)
NOVUS NY and The Choir of Trinity Wall Street featuring John McVeigh, tenor and Stephen Salters, baritone; Julian Wachner, conductor


Thursday, May 3, 1pm
TOTAL EMBRACE: Leonard Bernstein at 100
St. Paul’s Chapel - FreeWatch Concert

Mahler: Kindertotenlieder (arr.Riehn)
Wachner: Epistle Mass (world premiere)
NOVUS NY and The Choir of Trinity Wall Street with soloist Stephen Salters, baritone; Julian Wachner, conductor


Thursday, May 10, 1pm
TOTAL EMBRACE: Leonard Bernstein at 100
St. Paul’s Chapel – FreeWatch Concert

Boulez – Le Marteau sans maître
Felsenfeld – Astrophysical Mass
NOVUS NY and the Choir of Trinity Wall Street with Sarah Brailey, soprano, and Kirsten Sollek, contralto; Julian Wachner, conductor


Thursday, May 17, 1pm
TOTAL EMBRACE: Leonard Bernstein at 100
St. Paul’s Chapel - FreeWatch Concert

Bernstein: Arias and Barcarolles
Newman: Mass (world premiere)
NOVUS NY and The Choir of Trinity Wall Street with Melissa Attebury, mezzo-soprano and Christopher Herbert, baritone; Julian Wachner, conductor


Thursday, May 24, 1pm
TOTAL EMBRACE: Leonard Bernstein at 100
St. Paul’s Chapel - FreeWatch Concert

Bernstein: Halil
Bernstein: “Meditations” from Mass
Bernstein: Serenade after Plato’s Symposium
Prestini: Imaginary World of Wild Order: A Mass
NOVUS NY and The Choir of Trinity Wall Street; Ashley Bathgate, cello; Melissa Baker, flute; Katie Hyun, violin; Julian Wachner, conductor

 

Watch previously performed masses:

Daniel Felsenfeld: Astrophysical Mass; text by Rick Moody
Paola Prestini: A Mass: The Imaginary World of Wild Order

 

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