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Trinity Wall Street presents Tenet on Nov 22

On November 22, Trinity Wall Street presents “Odes”, a concert celebrating St. Cecilia’s Day  to be given by Tenet, one of New York’s preeminent vocal ensembles (Trinity Church: Broadway at Wall Street). Led by artistic director Jolle Greenleaf, Tenet welcomes violinist and conductor Scott Metcalfe as guest music director for the program. Metcalfe will conduct a stellar ensemble that includes sopranos Jolle Greenleaf and Molly Quinn, countertenors Geoffrey Williams and Ryland Angel, tenors Sumner Thompson and Scott Mello, and basses Jesse Blumberg and Mischa Bouvier. Their program features music by celebrated English composer Henry Purcell, alongside music for Baroque trumpet performed by Kris Kwapis. A preview performance of “Odes” will be given the preceding day, on Monday, November 21, in Trinity Wall Street’s St. Paul’s Chapel (Broadway at Fulton Street).
The program, an invigorating mix of odes, arias, and trumpet-based instrumental works, showcases the range of Henry Purcell’s work, produced in a brilliant career cut short at the age of 36. The earliest recorded musical celebrations of St. Cecilia’s Day took place in London on November 22, 1683, but the tradition may be older still. The English celebrations were established by a band of musicians called the Musical Society, whose revels included a specially commissioned “Ode to St. Cecilia” by Purcell that was performed by the combined choirs of St. Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, and the Chapel Royal. That ode, “Hail! Bright Cecilia,” will be performed on November 22, as will other of the composer’s Cecilian odes: “Raise, raise the voice” and “Welcome to all the pleasures.”
A prolific composer of odes and welcome songs, Purcell also wrote a variety of music for the London stage, including interludes, incidental pieces, and operas, masques, and semi-operas: works with lavish staging, spoken dialogue, and elaborate musical set-pieces. The “Odes” program at Trinity Wall Street offers selected examples of these, among them the Sonata for trumpet and strings, music from The Fairy-Queen, and the overture from the masque in Timon of Athens. It is songs, however, that form the evening’s centerpiece, sung one voice to a part by Tenet’s distinguished soloists and supported by its seven instrumentalists. Purcell’s first welcome song for King James II, celebrating his return from summer vacation and titled “Why are all the muses mute?”, is notable for its unconventional opening, fine arias, and moving closing chorus.
About Tenet and Jolle Greenleaf
Under the direction of artistic director Jolle Greenleaf, Tenet has won acclaim for its innovative programming, virtuoso singing, and command of repertoire that spans from the Middle Ages to the present day. Tenet features distinguished soloists who shine in one-voice-to-a-part singing as well as in combining voices in small ensembles. Tenet serves as ensemble-in-residence at the historic St. Ignatius of Antioch Episcopal Church on New York City’s Upper West Side.
Hailed as a “golden soprano” by the New York Times, artistic director Jolle Greenleaf has established herself as a leading specialist in early music. She is known as a soloist in oratorios by Bach, Handel, Haydn, Purcell, Mozart, and, notably, Monteverdi. As Tenet’s artistic director, she creates and performs virtuoso programs sung one voice to a part. She can be heard on the Grammy Award-nominated CD O Magnum Mysterium, a recording of songs by Charpentier with AsproDolce, and on the live recording of 2010’s Green Mountain Project performance of Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610.
About Trinity Wall Street
One of the oldest, largest, and most vibrant of all Episcopal parishes, Trinity Wall Street is located in the heart of New York’s financial district, where it has created a dynamic home for great music. Trinity Wall Street opened its 2010-11 season with an exciting new appointment, as noted conductor, composer, and keyboardist Julian Wachner took over as director of Trinity’s Music and the Arts program. Serving as principal conductor of the Trinity Choir and Trinity Baroque Orchestra, he also oversees all liturgical, professional, and community Music and Arts programming at Trinity Church and St. Paul’s Chapel. For Wachner’s season-opening debut, he led an account of Handel’s oratorio Israel in Egypt that the New York Times praised as “superbly performed.” In December 2010, Wachner continued Trinity Wall Street’s 240-year tradition of presenting Handel’s Messiah.
The Trinity Choir and Trinity Baroque Orchestra offer a full season of concerts ranging from large-scale oratorios to intimate evenings of a cappella singing and chamber music. Trinity Wall Street, located at Broadway and Wall Street, also presents the popular “Concerts at One” recital series; held on Thursdays at 1pm, this features an array of soloists and ensembles, and is free and open to the public.
Trinity Wall Street presents Tenet
Tuesday, November 22 at 7pm
Trinity Church (Broadway at Wall Street)
Jolle Greenleaf, artistic director
Scott Metcalfe, guest music director
Jolle Greenleaf, soprano
Molly Quinn, soprano
Ryland Angel, countertenor
Geoffrey Williams, countertenor
Scott Mello, tenor
Sumner Thompson, tenor
Jesse Blumberg, bass
Mischa Bouvier, bass
Scott Metcalfe, violin
Karina Fox, violin
Daniel Elyar, viola
Emily Walhout, cello
Kris Kwapis, trumpet
Hank Heijink, theorbo
Michael Sponseller, harpsichord and organ
Tickets: $30 general admission; $15 students/seniors, available at the door; available from or at Trinity Church gift shop, Broadway at Wall Street.
There will be a “Preview at One” concert preview the day before the performance at 1pm.
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