12 Nights Festival

The 12 Nights Festival is canceled. Read more about why.

 

June 17-28, 2020
The Choir of Trinity Wall Street; Trinity Baroque Orchestra; Julian Wachner and Avi Stein, directors; Attacca Quartet and other guest artists

 

Trinity is debuting a new 12 Nights Festival, this year featuring 16 early music concerts in 12 days and nights. With a nod to Trinity’s former Twelfth Night Festival and a focus on Trinity’s signature innovative performances of both new and old music, the 12 Nights Festival will alternate with the Time’s Arrow Festival each year.

The festival begins in 2020 with early music performances including Rameau’s opera Dardanus staged by director John La Bouchardière, concerts of Handel’s Deborah, Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos, a concert curated by bass-baritone Jonathan Woody, and a complete cycle of the Beethoven String Quartets performed by the Grammy-winning Attacca Quartet in celebration of the composer's 250th birthday.
 


The Handel Project

Wednesday, June 17, 2020, at 1pm
St. Paul's Chapel

Free
The Choir of Trinity Wall Street; Trinity Baroque Orchestra; Julian Wachner, conductor
George Frideric Handel – Deborah Part the First

Trinity continues The Handel Project, a multi-season initiative presenting all of Handel’s oratorios, with one of the composer’s earliest dramatic works: Deborah, a study of women in political and spiritual authority. This installment of The Handel Project will be performed in three parts and will feature an international cast including Marie-Eve Munger (Deborah), Mireille Asselin (Jael), Daniel Moody (Barak), and Jonathan Woody (Abinoam), as well as The Choir of Trinity Wall Street and the Trinity Baroque Orchestra under the direction of Julian Wachner.


Beethoven 250

Wednesday, June 17, 2020, at 7pm
Trinity Church

Free
Attacca Quartet
Ludwig van Beethoven – Complete String Quartets Part 1

By turns tender, confessional, heroic, and transcendent, Beethoven’s string quartets are a universe unto themselves. From the exuberant and spry early quartets to the probing and profound late quartets, these works are often considered a view into the legendary composer's psyche. At six concerts throughout the 12 Nights Festival, the Grammy Award-winning Attacca Quartet performs all sixteen quartets in celebration of the composer’s 250th birthday. Described as “exuberant, funky, and … exactingly nuanced” by The New York Times, the Attacca Quartet is one of America’s most versatile and vibrant string quartets.


The Handel Project

Thursday, June 18, 2020, at 1pm
St. Paul's Chapel

Free
The Choir of Trinity Wall Street; Trinity Baroque Orchestra; Julian Wachner, conductor
George Frideric Handel – Deborah Part the Second


Brandenburg Concertos

Thursday, June 18, 2020, at 7pm
Trinity Church

Free
Trinity Baroque Orchestra; Julian Wachner, conductor
J. S. Bach – Complete Brandenburg Concertos

Praised for their “dramatic vigor” (The New York Times), the virtuosos of Trinity Baroque Orchestra perform Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos. As we approach the tricentennial of this beloved collection, these concertos remain a celebrated example of Bach’s imperishable genius. This is a rare opportunity to hear all six of these iconic masterpieces performed on historic instruments, under the direction of Julian Wachner.


The Handel Project

Friday, June 19, 2020, at 1pm
St. Paul's Chapel

Free
The Choir of Trinity Wall Street; Trinity Baroque Orchestra; Julian Wachner, conductor
George Frideric Handel – Deborah Part the Third


Beethoven 250

Friday, June 19, 2020, at 7pm
Trinity Church

Free
Attacca Quartet
Ludwig van Beethoven – Complete String Quartets Part 2


Compline by Candlelight

Sunday, June 21, 2020, at 8pm
St. Paul’s Chapel

Free
The Choir of Trinity Wall Street; Julian Wachner, conductor
Johannes Ockeghem – Deo Gratia a 36
Thomas Tallis – Spem in alium

The Choir of Trinity Wall Street performs a special 12 Nights Festival candlelit Compline service with two Renaissance masterpieces for double choir: Thomas Tallis’ epic motet Spem in alium, celebrating its 450th anniversary this year, paired with Ockeghem’s stunning Deo Gratias a 36.


Beethoven 250

Monday, June 22, 2020, at 7pm
Trinity Church

Free
Attacca Quartet
Ludwig van Beethoven – Complete String Quartets Part 3


From the Trecento to Josquin

Tuesday, June 23, 2020, at 7pm
Trinity Church

Free
Jonathan Woody, curator

This program, curated by bass-baritone Jonathan Woody, highlights the rich musical traditions of medieval Italy and France, and the fourteenth and fifteenth-century Low Countries. Listeners will be treated to the rollicking ballades of Jacopo da Bologna and Francesco Landini, the intricate subtlety of Jacob Senleches and Jehan Suzay, the metrical mastery of Johannes Ockeghem and Guillaume du Fay, and the flourishing of polyphony under Josquin des Pres. The concert features Johnathan Woody, singers from The Choir of Trinity Wall Street, and select guest instrumentalists.


Beethoven 250

Wednesday, June 24, 2020, at 7pm
Trinity Church

Free
Attacca Quartet
Ludwig van Beethoven – Complete String Quartets Part 4


Pipes at One

Thursday, June 25, 2020, at 1pm
St. Paul’s Chapel

Free
Avi Stein, organ, Trinity Church Wall Street

As part of the weekly Pipes at One series, Trinity’s Associate Organist and Chorusmaster Avi Stein performs the last of Charles-Marie Widor’s ten monumental symphonies for solo organ. Inspired by the arabesques of chant and the exquisite architecture of Romanesque churches, the Symphonie Romane looks back at the medieval aesthetic through a romantic lens.


Beethoven 250

Thursday, June 25, 2020, at 7pm
Trinity Church

Free
Attacca Quartet
Ludwig van Beethoven – Complete String Quartets Part 5


Rameau Dardanus

Friday, June 26, 2020, at 8pm
St. Paul’s Chapel

Jean-Philippe Rameau – Dardanus
The Choir of Trinity Wall Street
Trinity Baroque Orchestra
John La Bouchardière, Stage Director
Avi Stein, Music Director
Dardanus, Zachary Wilder
Venus, Mireille Asselin
Iphise, Melissa Attebury
Teucer, Matt Boehler
Anténor, Tyler Duncan
Isménor, John Taylor Ward
Arcas, Oliver Mercer

Loaded with some of the best music Rameau ever wrote, Dardanus penetrates the emotional violence of a war-torn world in which enemies love, allies hate, and the conflict between duty and devotion makes death seem the only escape. British director John La Bouchardière strips this ever-contemporary subject to its fiercely poignant core. Baroque specialist Avi Stein conducts the US premiere of Rameau’s dramatically taut 1744 version of the opera, staged in historic St. Paul’s Chapel.


Beethoven 250

Saturday, June 27, 2020, at 7pm
Trinity Church

Free
Attacca Quartet
Ludwig van Beethoven – Complete String Quartets Part 6