In their debut performance, The New York Times called NOVUS NY a “poised, youthful orchestra” writing “First impressions count...a most auspicious introduction.” NOVUS NY—the Contemporary Music Orchestra of Trinity Wall Street was established by composer-conductor Julian Wachner in his inaugural season as Trinity’s Director of Music and the Arts. Comprising an exciting blend of cutting-edge New Music players from New York to Montreal, NOVUS NY was first assembled in May of 2011 for performances and a recording of the music of composer Elena Ruehr with The Choir of Trinity Wall Street. The recording will be released in 2012 on Avie Records. NOVUS NY served as the orchestra for the closing concert of Remember to Love, Trinity’s commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the events of September 11th, 2001. The concert included moving performances with combined choirs from New York, Washington DC, Boston, and Pennsylvania, and gave NOVUS NY the opportunity to perform with prestigious guest artists Gil Shaham, Luca Pisaroni, Angela Meade, and Anthony Roth Costanza. A Double Quintet of NOVUS NY members also played for the Trinity Choir’s performance of Martin Amlin’s Time’s Caravan earlier that day. Of the week-long 9/11 commemorations, The New York Times wrote “If there is such a thing as a musical blessing, Trinity Church conferred it on a neighborhood and a city still in need of one.”
Members of NOVUS NY have been featured in performances of Songs of Eve, a song cycle for string quartet and vocal quartet by the legendary Alice Parker, and in the 2011-2012 season, with a month-long miniseries on Trinity’s Concerts at One lunchtime series. NOVUS NY will appear with Wachner and Beth Morrison Projects in Washington DC and—for the River to River Festival—in New York, performing Paola Prestini’s Oceanic Verses.