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Trinity Church Wall Street Announces Free Webcasts in July for Ongoing “Comfort at One” Series

Trinity Church Wall Street has played a prominent part in New York history for the past three centuries, notably providing a safe haven for the city’s downtown community in the wake of 9/11. Even since the suspension of in-person activities entailed by the pandemic this spring, Trinity has managed to bring solace to the world at large, drawing on its high-quality recording and film technology to launch a new, free, concert streaming series titled “Comfort at One.” Now the inclusive parish announces a full month of programming in the series. Throughout July, Mondays and Thursdays will be devoted to revisiting favorite “Bach + One” choral concerts and “Pipes at One” organ recitals respectively, all professionally filmed in HD, while Tuesdays and Wednesdays will offer a mix of archived excerpts and new at-home performances from Trinity’s extended artistic family. Streaming at 1pm on Facebook and Twitter, with full videos posted here, “Comfort at One” continues to deliver the spiritual renewal, cultural enrichment and “indispensable and unmissable” music (New York Times) for which Trinity is rightly known.

Marking a successful shift online, Trinity’s community ensembles and music education and outreach programs remain engaged through distance learning, all meeting remotely each week and continuing to rehearse new music together. Trinity Youth Chorus, Downtown Voices, St. Paul’s Chapel Choir and Trinity’s outreach schools have all created virtual choir recordings, which are featured in the upcoming Comfort at One schedule as well as in Trinity Church Wall Street’s online family services, titled Family Worship: Home Edition.

The series’ July offerings include six new at-home performances, highlighted by bass-baritone Jonathan Woody, who virtually joins members of The Choir of Trinity Wall Street for music by the great Renaissance composer Josquin des Prez (July 15); Trinity Baroque Orchestra principal oboist Gonzalo Ruiz, who appears with his ensemble House of Time (July 28); and by Music Director Julian Wachner, who improvises on hymns chosen by the Trinity audience (July 21) and on In Christ There Is No East or West for Trinity’s Pride Sunday (July 7). There will also be encore opportunities to see Wachner lead the full choir and Trinity Baroque Orchestra in sacred cantatas by J.S. Bach (July 6, 13 & 20) and to watch Dr. David Hurd, Avi Stein, Janet Yieh, Wachner and other organists in recital (July 9, 16, 23 & 30).

Past “Comfort at One” highlights include two at-home performances by members of Trinity’s in-house contemporary orchestra, NOVUS NY. Cellist Andrew Yee, who is also a member of the renowned Attacca Quartet, played Clemens non Papa’s Ego Flos Campi, and principal percussionists Jonny Allen, Victor Caccese, Ian Rosenbaum and Terry Sweeney, collectively known as Brooklyn’s “virtuosic and utterly mesmerizing” Sandbox Percussion (The Guardian), reimagined Jason Treuting’s Extremes on whichever makeshift instruments they could find at home. See the creatively edited video of their performance here.

About Music at Trinity Church Wall Street

Trinity Church Wall Street’s groundbreaking music program – “the top of musical life in New York” (New York Times) – has changed the landscape of performing arts in New York City, re-envisioning the impact arts organizations have with its peerless ensembles, a uniquely broad range of expertise from early to new music performance, a long tradition of championing underrepresented composers, and an extensive and growing discography. Conductor and composer Julian Wachner serves as the director of music at Trinity and the principal conductor of The Choir of Trinity Wall Street, NOVUS NY and the Trinity Baroque Orchestra.

High-resolution photos can be downloaded here.

Trinity Church Wall Street presents free streaming in “Comfort at One” series

Videos stream at 1pm EDT on Facebook and Twitter, and are archived here.

Mon, July 6 at 1pm

From April 2018: The Choir of Trinity Wall Street and Trinity Baroque Orchestra performed a pair of Bach’s sacred cantatas: Liebster Gott, wenn werd ich sterben? (BWV 8) and Herr Jesu Christ, du höchstes Gut (BWV 113).

Tues, July 7 at 1pm

From June 2020: Trinity’s Director of Music Julian Wachner improvised on In Christ There Is No East or West: the prelude for Pride Sunday.

Wed, July 8 at 1pm

From June 2020: Music outreach students presented an end-of-year online concert given by one of the ukulele classes at the Chrystie Street School-age Center, led by teaching artist Zac Selissen.

Thurs, July 9 at 1pm

From March 2018: Dr. David Hurd, who served for 28 years as Professor of Sacred Music and Director of Chapel Music at New York City’s General Theological Seminary, gave a Pipes at One organ recital.

Mon, July 13 at 1pm

From May 2016: The Choir of Trinity Wall Street and Trinity Baroque Orchestra performed two more of Bach’s sacred cantatas: Komm, du süsse Todesstunde (BWV 161) and Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ (BWV 177).

Tues, July 14 at 1pm

Under the direction of Janet Yieh, The St. Paul’s Chapel Choir gives its first at-home performance in a virtual choir video of Keep Watch, O Lord, a collect for evening.

Wed, July 15 at 1pm

Bass-baritone Jonathan Woody and members of The Choir of Trinity Wall Street come together virtually for a new at-home performance of music by the great Renaissance composer Josquin des Prez.

Thurs, July 16 at 1pm

From April 2019: Director of Music Julian Wachner gave a Pipes at One recital.

Mon, July 20 at 1pm

From April 2018: The Choir of Trinity Wall Street and Trinity Baroque Orchestra continued their traversal of Bach’s sacred cantatas with performances of Tritt auf die Glaubensbahn (BWV 152) and the transcendent Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit (BWV 106).

Tues, July 21 at 1pm

Director of Music Julian Wachner improvises on hymns chosen by Trinity’s audience in a new “at home” performance.

Wed, July 22 at 1pm

From February 2018: Under Julian Wachner’s leadership, Associate Organist Avi Stein joined the Trinity Baroque Orchestra, The Choir of Trinity Wall Street, and soloists Molly Netter, Timothy Parsons, Luthien Brackett, Steven Caldicott Wilson and Jonathan Woody for an account of Duruflé’s Messe cum Jubilo, at the St. Paul’s Organ Inauguration Opening Concert.

Thurs, July 23 at 1pm

From January 2020: Associate Organist Janet Yieh gave a Pipes at One recital.

Mon, July 27 at 1pm

From March 2017: Members of The Choir of Trinity Wall Street joined New York Baroque Incorporated and organist Avi Stein for works by Bach, Buxtehude and Heinichen in the “Bach at One: Law” series.

Tues, July 28 at 1pm

Trinity Baroque Orchestra’s principal oboist Gonzalo Ruiz performs a special at-home video with his ensemble House of Time.

Wed, July 29 at 1pm

From March 2019: Countertenor John Holiday sang the role of Joacim in Handel’s oratorio Susanna with The Choir of Trinity Wall Street and Trinity Baroque Orchestra under the direction of Julian Wachner.

Thurs July 30 at 1pm

From June 2018: Associate Organist Avi Stein gave a Pipes at One recital.

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