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Trinity Wall Street Presents Inaugural Twelfth Night Festival: Dec 26 to Jan 6

Location: New York, USA

Trinity Wall Street’s seasonal offerings continue with the launch of its first annual Twelfth Night Festival, created in collaboration with many of New York City’s leading early-music ensembles: the Green Mountain Project, Tenet, Les Sirènes, and the Sebastian Chamber Players. Taking place over the twelve days of Christmas (Dec 26 – Jan 6), the inaugural season is framed by the six cantatas that make up J.S. Bach’s exuberant Christmas Oratorio; festival highlights also include the Venetian Vespers of 1640 by Monteverdi and Gabrieli and a Renaissance-themed New Year’s Eve Gala and Banquet.
 
The six Christmas Oratorio cantatas, performed by Julian Wachner, the Trinity Choir, and the Trinity Baroque Orchestra, will be presented in Trinity Wall Street’s “Bach at One” series, which – in the historic St. Paul’s Chapel – returns the Baroque master’s sacred vocal music to its original liturgical setting, and is free and open to the public (Dec 26 & 27; Jan 2 & 6). Part I, on December 26, will be coupled with Bach’s uplifting motet Magnificat, complete with Christmas interpolations.
 
In addition to Trinity Wall Street’s own resident ensembles, the Twelfth Night Festival is proud to present some of New York’s finest early-music groups. The Green Mountain Project, founded by soprano Jolle Greenleaf and named for the English translation of Monteverdi’s last name, gives two performances of the Vespers of 1640 by Monteverdi. Violinist Scott Metcalfe leads the concerts, which take place at the Church of St. John Baptiste on New York’s Upper East Side (Jan 3 & 4). A limited number of free tickets will be available for each concert.
 
Call 212-602-0800 or visit www.trinitywallstreet.org for further information
 
 
Trinity Wall Street: Twelfth Night Festival:
December 26, 2011 – January 6, 2012
 
All tickets available online at Gotham Early Music Scene (GEMS): http://gemsny.org/trinity20112012.html
or by phone at (212) 866-0468
 
J. S. Bach: Christmas Oratorio
Date & time:  Mon, Dec 26 (Part I), Tues, Dec 27 (Parts II & III); Mon, Jan 2 (Parts IV & V), Fri, Jan 6 (Part VI), all at 1 p.m.
Venue: Trinity Church (Broadway at Wall Street)
Artists: Trinity Choir; Trinity Baroque Orchestra; Julian Wachner, conductor
Tickets: Free and open to the public
 
Trinity Wall Street’s New Year’s Eve Gala and Banquet
Date & time: Sat, Dec 31 at 8 p.m.
Venue: St. Paul's Chapel (Fulton St & Broadway)
Program:  Performances by Quicksilver, Sebastian Chamber Players, TENET. Black-tie event, cocktails, dinner, Renaissance dancing, meeting artists from festival
Tickets: $250 (net proceeds benefit the many free performances offered during the festival)
 
Monteverdi: Vespers of 1640
Date & time: Tues, Jan 3 & Weds, Jan 4 at 7 p.m.
Venue: St. Jean Baptiste (Lexington Avenue at 76 St) 
Artists: Green Mountain Project, with Jolle Greenleaf and Scott Metcalfe, violinist/conductor
Tickets: $25, $50, or $100. 200 free tickets for each performance will be available a few days before the first concert on a first-come-first-served basis at this link: http://www.tenetnyc.com/special-projects/green-mountain-project/ 
 
 
Other events in Trinity Wall Street’s Twelfth Night Festival:
 
Dec 27 at 8 p.m. at Trinity Church: “Our Lady I” with the Sebastian Chamber Players (including a piece by Julian Wachner)
Tickets: general admission $30, students and seniors $15
 
Dec 28 at 8 p.m. at Trinity Church: “Theatre of Early Music” concert (Daniel Taylor leading)
Tickets: general admission $30, students and seniors $15
 
Dec 29 at 1p.m.: Trinity Church (part of the Concerts at One series):  
Schutz's Historia der Geburt Jesu Christi
Free and open to the public
 
Dec 30, 7 p.m., Trinity Church: “UNO + ONE”
Monteverdi (and contemporaries): TENET: Jolle Greenleaf, Molly Quinn  (sopranos), Scott Mello, Sumner Thompson (tenors), Robert Mealy,  Daniel Lee (violins), Hank Heljink, Daniel Swenberg (theorbos), and  Avi Stein (harpsichord)
Tickets: general admission $30, students and seniors $15
 
 
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