Trinity Church Wall Street is an Episcopal parish in lower Manhattan with a charter dating back to 1697. Though its leaders supported the losing side in the Revolutionary War, Trinity’s congregants eventually included Alexander Hamilton, John Jay and George Washington himself.
No less impressive than Trinity’s history are its wide-ranging music programs. They include organ recitals and lunchtime concerts, many of which are webcast or archived on the church’s website (trinitywall street.org). Composer, conductor and keyboardist Julian Wachner was named Trinity’s director of music and the arts in 2010. He and the splendid Trinity Choir recorded Bach’s complete motets for the Musica Omnia label last year. They head uptown to Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall for what promises to be an engrossing evening of spirituals and contemporary music.
Apart from those spirituals—including classics “Precious Lord” and “There Is a Balm in Gilead”—Laura Elise Schwendinger’s Seven Choral Settings (1994) are, wondrous to say, the oldest works on the program. Trinity’s St. Paul’s Chapel sheltered recovery workers after the 9/11 atrocities, and Luna Pearl Woolf’s Après Moi, Le Déluge (2006) commemorates another national calamity: the death and destruction caused by Hurricane Katrina. The electrifying Matt Haimovitz, Woolf’s husband, is the cello soloist. Wachner’s own Rilke Songs (2002) are renderings of animal-inspired poems, while the always-inventive Du Yun, whose media range from symphony orchestra to laptop, describes San (2003) as her “inner hearing” of a centuries-old song for qin (an ancient zither).—Marion Lignana Rosenberg
On the first Monday in May each year, schools across Canada celebrate the impact of music and music education with Music Monday. To mark the occasion, we invited several prominent Canadian musicians across a variety of genres to pen a letter to a music teacher who has greatly influenced their career. Then, when possible, we spoke to the teacher about the letter.
Composer Philip Glass featured the cello in his soundtrack to the Godfrey Reggio film “Naqoyqatsi,” he said, because “we think of the cello as the instrument closest to the human voice.”
On Friday night, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and cellist Matt Haimovitz performed the world premiere of Glass’ Cello Concerto No. 2, “Naqoyqatsi,” a CSO commission based on his film score. On the podium was Dennis Russell Davies, a frequent Glass collaborator.
Cincinnati Music Hall
03/30/2012 – & March 31*, 2012 Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 6 in A Major
Philip Glass: Cello Concerto No. 2, “Naqoyqatsi” (world premiere)
Matt Haimovitz (cello)
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Dennis Russell Davies (guest conductor)
Composer Philip Glass is one of three creative directors guiding the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra during the 2011-12 season, its first without a music director since former music director Paavo Järvi stepped down in May, 2011. As such, Glass programmed the CSO’s five-concert “Boundless Series” and has spent two residencies in the city. His second residency, the last week in March, also marked the world premiere of his Cello Concerto No. 2, “Naqoyqatsi,”Continue reading →
Sarah Scott – Image of cellist Matt Haimovitz and pianist Christopher O’Riley, who are touring together in a program titled ‘Shuffle.Play.Listen.’
Increasing classical music’s appeal has been one of the genre’s biggest priorities in recent years. Some, such as pianist Christopher O’Riley, have broadened the repertory to include music not traditionally heard in concert halls, such as his transcriptions of songs by the band Radiohead. Others, such as cellist Matt Haimovitz, have advocated performing the existing canon — Bach’s solo cello suites, say — at venues not normally associated with classical music, including Continue reading →
Welcome to an artistic pairing for the future. Cellist Matt Haimovitz, perhaps the first classical musician to take his music and instrument into club settings, and pianist Christopher O’Riley, known for championing young artists on his National Public Radio and PBS TV shows, “From the Top,” have teamed up to create their latest CD set, Shuffle • Play • Listen. The two-disc recording, and their recent tour Continue reading →
Perhaps best known for the NPR series From The Top, musician Christopher O’Riley is far more in-tune with music than most of the world. Not only does he host and mentor young musicians, O’Riley also transcribes and arranges songs by Radiohead, Arcade Fire and more for the piano and, more recently, the cello. O’Riley has just released a new album with cellist Matt Haimovitz, Shuffle.Play.Listen. (Oxingale), a tribute to contemporary composers and some of the most modern musicians. Owing to his virtuosic abilities and interesting outlook, we invited O’Riley to guest edit magnetmagazine.com this week. Read our Q&A with him Continue reading →