Julian Wachner @50
Featuring Anthony Roth Costanzo, The Choir of Trinity Wall Street, members of NOVUS NY, and Jeffrey Zeigler
6pm doors • 7pm show
From “gritty, fearless” (New York Times) presentations of early music to Pulitzer-winning premieres, conductor and composer Julian Wachner’s tireless musical output has left a lasting imprint on the musical life of New York City.
Having transformed the music ecosystem at the historic Trinity Church Wall Street, as the esteemed Principal Conductor of The Choir of Trinity Wall Street, the Trinity Baroque Orchestra, and NOVUS NY, Julian’s music has been called “bold and atmospheric” (New York Times), offering “a compendium of surprises” (Washington Post).
Now, in honor of his 50th birthday, Julian returns to National Sawdust with friends and collaborators for Julian Wachner @50. MC’d by “vocally brilliant and dramatically fearless” countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo (New York Times), this concert features performances of works by Wachner — including his epic Epistle Mass — from The Choir of Trinity Wall Street and cellist Jeffrey Zeigler.
This celebration of a central figure in New York’s classical music world is sure to be a fascinating peek into one of our most fertile creative minds.
Anthony Roth Costanzo appears courtesy of the Metropolitan Opera.
Multi-Grammy-nominated Julian Wachner’s 2017–18 season was punctuated by an extensive outburst of compositional creativity, including Gaudé: An LB Anniversary for Large Orchestra, commissioned by the Colorado Music Festival; TS Variations, commissioned by the Royal College of Canadian Organists; Psalm 90, composed for the Tallis Scholars, Norwegian Soloists Choir, Netherlands Chamber Choir, and the Choir of Trinity Wall Street for Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival; Regina Coeli à 8, for the ORA Singers’ ORA100 recording project with Harmonia Mundi; Epistle Mass, written in collaboration with librettist Royce Vavrek for Trinity Wall Street’s Mass Reimaginings project; and a festival setting of I’ll Praise My Maker, which was premiered at the opening ceremony of the American Guild of Organists Regional Convention in Richmond, Virginia. Crowning these works was the world premiere of Wachner’s second full-length opera, REV 23, a farcical comedy imagining life after Armageddon for White Snake Projects, setting an original libretto by Pulitzer Prize-winner Cerise Lim Jacobs.
As Director of Music at New York’s historic Trinity Church Wall Street, Wachner oversees an annual season of hundreds of events, with duties including conducting Trinity’s flagship weekly series, Bach-at-One, canvassing the entire choral-orchestral output of JS Bach, and leading Compline-by-Candlelight, Trinity’s innovative fully-improvised variation on an ancient monastic ritual. In addition, Wachner curates the longstanding and cherished series Concerts-at-One, presenting an eclectic program of weekly concerts for Lower Manhattan and beyond through its HD live webcasting. Also at Trinity Wall Street, Wachner serves as the Principal Conductor of NOVUS NY (Trinity’s resident contemporary music orchestra), the Trinity Baroque Orchestra, and the Choir of Trinity Wall Street.
Wachner has made numerous guest appearances with various organizations, such as: the Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York City, Glimmerglass, and Mannes Operas; Hawaii and Juilliard Opera Theater; OPERA America; Encompass Opera; the Philadelphia and National Arts Centre Orchestras; the Montreal, Pacific, Calgary, and Pittsburgh Symphonies; the New York and Hong Kong Philharmonics; Carnegie Hall Presents; National Sawdust; Montréal Bach Festival; Lincoln Center Festival; Philharmonia Baroque; Salle Bourgie; Beth Morrison Projects; Berkeley Festival and Exhibition; Prototype Festival; Spoleto Festival USA; Handel and Haydn Society; Bang on a Can All-Stars; and the Boston Pops.
An award-winning organist and improvisateur, Wachner’s solo recital at the Spoleto Festival USA featured an improvised finale that inspired one reviewer to conclude, “this stupefying wizardry was the hit of the recital, and it had to be heard to be believed” (Post and Courier, South Carolina). As a concert pianist, in his recent Kennedy Center Rachmaninoff performance, the Washington Post noted, “Wachner dazzled with some bravura keyboard work, both in the rhapsodic accompaniments to the songs and…in the highly virtuosic transcription of the Dances."
Wachner’s many recordings are with Chandos, Naxos, Atma Classique, Erato, Cantaloupe Music, Arsis, Dorian, and Musica Omnia. Having scored a Grammy nomination for his recording of Handel’s Israel in Egypt, Wachner and the Choir of Trinity Wall Street released, alongside the Bang on a Can All-Stars, the world premiere and Grammy- nominated recording of Julia Wolfe’s 2015 Pulitzer prize-winning Anthracite Fields, and, with NOVUS NY, released Du Yun and Royce Vavrek’s Angel’s Bone, winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize.
Countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo began performing professionally at the age of 11 and has since appeared in opera, concert, recital, film, and on Broadway. His debut album, ARC, on Decca Gold was nominated for a 2019 GRAMMY Award, and he is Musical America’s 2019 vocalist of the year.
Costanzo has appeared with many of the world’s leading opera houses including the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, English National Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Opera Philadelphia, Los Angeles Opera, Canadian Opera Company, Glyndebourne Opera Festival, Dallas Opera, Teatro Real Madrid, Spoleto Festival USA, Glimmerglass Festival and Finnish National Opera. In concert he has sung with the New York Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, London Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, and National Symphony Orchestra, among others. He has performed at a wide-ranging variety of venues including Carnegie Hall, Versailles, The Kennedy Center, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, National Sawdust, Minamiza Kyoto, Joe’s Pub, The Guggenheim, The Park Avenue Armory, and Madison Square Garden.
Costanzo is a Grand Finals Winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions and won first prize in Placido Domingo’s Operalia Competition. He was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for his role in a Merchant Ivory film. He has begun working as a producer and curator in addition to a performer, creating shows for National Sawdust, Opera Philadelphia, the Philharmonia Baroque, Princeton University, WQXR, The State Theater in Salzburg, Master Voices and Kabuki-Za Tokyo. Costanzo graduated from Princeton University where he has returned to teach, and he received his masters from the Manhattan School of Music. In his youth he performed on Broadway and alongside Luciano Pavarotti.
Peerless, Grammy®-nominated interpreters of both early and new music, The Choir of Trinity Wall Street has changed the realm of 21st-century vocal music, breaking new ground with an artistry described as “blazing with vigour…a choir from heaven” (The Times, London). This premier ensemble, under the direction of Julian Wachner, can be heard in New York City and around the world in performances alternately described as “thrilling” (New Yorker), “musically top-notch” (Wall Street Journal), and “simply superb” (New York Times). The choir leads the liturgical music on Sundays at Trinity Church and St. Paul’s Chapel, while performing in Bach at One, Compline by Candlelight, and many other concerts and festivals throughout the year, often with the Trinity Baroque Orchestra, NOVUS NY and the Trinity Youth Chorus. Critically acclaimed annual performances of Handel’s Messiah are part of its long and storied tradition, and attending the Choir’s performances at Trinity’s annual Twelfth Night Festival and Time’s Arrow Festivals has become a tradition for many New Yorkers as well.
The Choir has toured extensively throughout the United States, making appearances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Berkeley Early Music Festival, BAM Next Wave Festival, and the Prototype Festival. The Choir is also increasingly in-demand internationally, and recent seasons have seen performances at Paris’s Théâtre des Champs-Élysées and London’s Barbican Theatre. The Choir has been featured with the Bang on a Can All-Stars, the New York Philharmonic, and with the Rolling Stones on their 50th anniversary tour. In 2017, the Choir will be featured in the 150 Psalms Project, performing at the Utrecht Festival and Lincoln Center’s White Light’s Festival.
In addition to its Grammy®-nominated Israel in Egypt CD, The Choir of Trinity Wall Street has released several recordings on Naxos, Musica Omnia, VIA Recordings, ARSIS, and Avie Records. Trinity’s long-term commitment to new music is evident on these recordings, just as it is in collaborations with living composers including Du Yun, Paola Prestini, Ralf Gawlick, Elena Ruehr, and Julia Wolfe, whose 2015 Pulitzer Prize-winning and Grammy-nominated work, Anthracite Fields, was recorded with the Choir. The Choir collaborated on Du Yun’s Pulitzer Prize-winning work, Angel’s Bone, which was presented in Trinity Church as a work-in-progress in 2014 and at the Prototype Festival as a fully staged production in 2016, on both occasions with the participation of the Choir and NOVUS NY, conducted by Julian Wachner.
Jeffrey Zeigler is one of the most versatile cellists of our time. Acclaimed for his independent streak, he has commissioned over three dozen works, and is admired as a potent collaborator and unique improviser. Zeigler has been described as “fiery”, and a player who performs “with unforced simplicity and beauty of tone” by the New York Times.
Jeffrey Zeigler was the cellist of the internationally renowned Kronos Quartet for eight seasons. During his tenure, Zeigler had the opportunity to collaborate with a wide range of luminaries from John Adams to Noam Chomsky, from Damon Albarn (Gorillaz) to Trimpin and from Henryk Gorecki and Steve Reich to Tom Waits.
Since moving on from Kronos, Zeigler has enjoyed a wonderfully multifaceted career which has led to collaborations from Yo-Yo Ma and Laurie Anderson to Hauschka and Roomful of Teeth, from Philip Glass and Foday Musa Suso to John Corigliano and Vijay Iyer, from Tanya Tagaq and Terry Riley to Vladimir Feltsman and John Zorn. Zeigler has also collaborated with members of the Eroica Trio and the Cleveland and St. Lawrence Quartets.
Recently, Zeigler gave the world premier of The Colorado Project at Da Camera in Houston and at the Metropolitan Museum in New York. Narrated by the Academy Award winning actor Mark Rylance, the film, directed by Murat Eyuboglu is performed live along side Glenn Kotche and Roomful of Teeth with music written by Pulitzer Prize winning composer, John Luther Adams, Bill Brittelle, Glenn Kotche, Shara Nova and Paola Prestini. The Colorado will next appear at Stanford Live in Spring 2017.
In 2016 Zeigler launched his new quartet, (M)iyamoto is Black Enough with the powerful Trinidadian poet Roger Bonair-Agard, brilliant composer and steel pan musician Andy Akiho and the virtuosic drummer Sean Dixon.
In 2018, Zeigler will premier a new work in collaboration with the distinguished stage director, Robert Wilson and remarkable composer, Paola Prestini. The work is entitled Two Oars.
In the Fall 2014, Zeigler released his first solo album, Something of Life. A collaborative release with Innova Records and VIA Records, the album features world premier recordings of works by Philip Glass, Glenn Kotche, Felipe Perez Santiago, Paola Prestini, Gity Razaz and John Zorn.
Mr. Zeigler has released dozens of recordings for Nonesuch Records, Deutsche Grammophon, Cantaloupe and Smithsonian Folkways and has appeared with Norah Jones on her album Not Too Late on Blue Note Records. Zeigler can also be heard on the film soundtrack for Paolo Sorrentino’s Academy Award winning film, La Grande Bellezza, as well as Darren Aronofsky’s Golden Globe winning film The Fountain, featuring music by Clint Mansell and including performances by the Scottish band, Mogwai. Zeigler can also be seen making an on screen cameo in Season 4 of the Amazon Prime’s Golden Globe Award winning series Mozart in the Jungle.
Mr. Zeigler has appeared as a soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Toronto Symphony, the Royal Danish Radio Symphony, the Basel Symphonie, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the Mannes Symphony and the Vancouver-based jazz band, The Hard Rubber Orchestra under the batons of John Adams, JoAnn Falletta, Dennis Russell Davies, Thomas Dausgaard and Peter Oundjian.
Jeffrey Zeigler holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music where he was a student of Stephen Doane and a Master of Music degree from Rice University where he served as the Teaching Assistant for Paul Katz. He then continued his studies at Indiana University under Janos Starker. Mr. Zeigler has also studied at the Britten-Pears School in Aldeburgh, England where he was a pupil of William Pleeth and Zara Nelsova. From 1998-2004 he was a member of the Fischoff Grand Prize winning Corigliano Quartet which served as the Lisa Arnholt Quartet-in-Residence at the Juilliard School.
Zeigler has been the recipient of the Avery Fisher Prize, the Polar Music Prize, the President’s Merit Award from the National Academy of Recorded Arts and the Chamber Music America Richard J. Bogomolny National Service Award and The Asia Society’s Cultural Achievement Award. Zeigler is on the Cello Faculty at Mannes College The New School For Music and has been published on John Zorn’s ARCANA series and is a regular contributor to CelloBello and to Q2 of WQXR.