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Trinity Wall Street remembers 9/11 with 9 choral concerts today

Today, Trinity Wall Street and St. Paul’s Chapel – just a stone’s throw from Ground Zero –observe the tenth anniversary of the attacks with a full day of concerts informed by the theme “Remember to Love”. The nine choral concerts – all free, and open to the public, five of which are being streamed live by – feature celebrated choirs from New York City, Washington DC, Pennsylvania, and Boston, regions linked by the tragic events of 9/11. After hourly performances by each of the choirs throughout the day, five of the choirs come together for a final concert at 8:30pm, with guest star appearances by violinist Gil Shaham, soprano Angela Meade, countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo, and bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni. The final concert’s webcast, produced by Trinity Wall Street, will be carried live by NPR Music and then archived, with a slideshow of photos, on; along with four of the preceding choral concerts, it will also be streamed live on Details of all nine concerts follow below.

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Below are details of the other four concerts taking place today at Trinity Wall Street and St. Paul’s Chapel.

12 noon:

The Bach Choir of Bethlehem, America’s oldest Bach choir, gave the U.S. premieres of two of J.S. Bach’s most important works: the Christmas Oratorio and Mass in B minor. Now, under the baton of Artistic Director Greg Funfgeld, the choir presents two programs before taking part in the evening’s finale. The first, at noon, spotlights Stephen Paulus’s Dream of Time, a 2009 Bach Choir commission dedicated to Funfgeld in honor of his 25th year as the ensemble’s Artistic Director. (For its second program, at 5pm and webcast by, the choir returns to its roots with Bach’s beloved Cantata BWV 140, Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme (“Sleepers, Wake!”), alongside motets by Brahms, Mendelssohn, and Duruflé.)


Fittingly, the requiem is the theme at 2pm, when the New York City Master Chorale, conducted by its founder Thea Kano, presents American composer Paul Leavitt’s unique vision of the genre. Following the sudden death of his partner Gwénole Le Dréan during the summer of 1999, Leavitt was inspired to write a monumental Requiem after he awoke one morning to hear the peaceful notes of the “Pie Jesu” melody he had penned earlier playing in his head. Paying homage to one of the most famous choral requiems written by a French composer, Leavitt modeled his work on the text of Maurice Duruflé’s 1947 Requiem. Leavitt and Duruflé’s requiems also share a similar harmonic palette, degree of symmetry, emotional range, and impressionistic structure.


At 4pm, the Young People’s Chorus of NYC tenders a wide-ranging mix of offerings, including compositions and arrangements by its founder and Artistic Director Francisco J. Núñez; popular songs from John Legend and Rufus Wainwright; and new music from contemporary composers Nico Muhly and John Corigliano. The chorus has won almost a dozen gold medals in international competitions as well as Chorus America’s Education Outreach Award and two Chorus America/ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming.


The Trinity Choir, recently praised by the New York Times for its “superbly performed” account of Handel’s Israel in Egypt, is the premier ensemble of the music and arts program at Trinity Wall Street. At 6pm, the choir, led by its principal conductor, Julian Wachner, will offer works by Martin Amlin, Herbert Howells, Julian Wachner, and György Ligeti. His Lux aeterna – best-known for its use in Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 film, 2001: A Space Odyssey – is actually a setting of lines from the Catholic Requiem mass for the dead. 

All concerts at Trinity Wall Street are professionally filmed and broadcast live at


Trinity Wall Street

 “Remember to Love”: Observance of the Tenth Anniversary of September 11

 Friday, September 9

 11am: Choral concert: Washington Chorus, Trinity Church

N.B. This concert will be webcast live by

 Serge Rachmaninoff: Vespers

 Washington Chorus / Julian Wachner


12pm: Choral concert: Bach Choir of Bethlehem, St. Paul’s Chapel

Stephen Paulus: A Dream of Time

Bach Choir of Bethlehem / Greg Funfgeld


1pm: Choral concert: Washington Chorus, Trinity Church

N.B. This concert will be webcast live by 

Gabriel Fauré: Cantique de Jean Racine

Maurice Duruflé: Requiem

Washington Chorus / Julian Wachner


2pm: Choral concert: NYC Master Chorale, St. Paul’s Chapel

Mozart: Requiem

NYC Master Chorale / Thea Kano, Artistic Director


3pm: Choral concert: Copley Singers, Trinity Church

N.B. This concert will be webcast live by 

Maurice Duruflé: Ubi Caritas

Geraint Lewis: Souls of the Righteous

Spiritual: “Couldn’t Hear Nobody Pray”

Andrew Lloyd Webber: “Pie Jesu” from Requiem

Leo Sowerby: Psalm 122, “I Was Glad”

Samuel Barber: Agnus Dei

Spiritual: “We Are Climbing Jacob’s Ladder”

Franz Schubert: Litanei

Stephen Paulus: Pilgrims’ Hymn

John Taverner: Song for Athene

Copley Singers / Brian Jones


4pm: Choral concert: Young People’s Chorus of NYC, St. Paul’s Chapel

Chant: Ubi Caritas

Tomas Luis Victoria: Vere Langoures

Francisco Núnez: Criomé Mi Madre

Núnez: Selections from Misa Pequena Para Ninos

Rufus Wainwright: “Bloom: One Self I Sing,” “Unseen Buds,” and “Lux Eterna”

John Corigliano: One Sweet Morning

Nico Muhly: I Drink the Air Before Me

American Folk Song: “Beautiful Dreamer”

Derek Bermel Born: Small Red Tree

Gabriella Lena Frank: Picaflor Esmeralda

John Legend: “If You’re Out There”

Jim Papoulis, arr. F. Núnez: Give Us Hope

Young People’s Chorus of NYC / Francisco J. Núnez, Founder and Artistic Director


5pm: Choral Concert: Bach Choir of Bethlehem, Trinity Church

N.B. This concert will be webcast live by 

J.S. Bach: Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 140, 

Maurice Duruflé: Four motets on Gregorian Themes, Op. 10

Maurice Duruflé: Ubi caritas

Johannes Brahms: Geistliches Lied (“Lass dich nur nichts nicht”), Op. 30

J.S. Bach: Der Friede sei mit dir, BWV 158

Felix Mendelssohn: Verleih’ uns Frieden gnädiglich

Bach Choir of Bethlehem / Greg Funfgeld


6pm: Choral concert: Trinity Choir, St. Paul’s Chapel

Benjamin Britten: Cantata Misericordium

György Ligeti: Lux aeternum

Herbert Howells: Take Him Earth for Cherishing

Robert Kyr: Selections from Songs of the Souls

Trinity Choir / Julian Wachner


8:30pm: Choral concert: Dona nobis Pacem, Trinity Church

N.B. This concert will be webcast live by and, where it will also be archived. 

Gabriel Fauré: Requiem

Randall Thompson: Last Words of King David

Ned Rorem: Sing My Soul

Spiritual: “Soon I Will Be Done”

Lukas Foss: Psalm 23

Anthony Furnivall: “Amazing Grace”

Leonard Bernstein: Chichester Psalms

J.S. Bach: “Dona nobis pacem” from the Mass in B minor

Trinity Choir / Julian Wachner

NYC Master Chorale / Thea Kano

Young People’s Chorus of New York City / Francisco J. Nunez

Washington Chorus / Julian Wachner

Bach Choir of Bethlehem / Greg Funfgeld

Copley Singers / Brian Jones, Conductor

With Gil Shaham, violin; Anthony Roth Costanzo, countertenor; Susanna Phillips, mezzo-soprano; & Luca Pisaroni, baritone

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