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NOVUS NY: Dangerous Currents

Saturday, April 29th, 2017

Novus NY, the vibrant new music ensemble based at Trinity Church, makes its MATA Festival debut in an evening of large-ensemble works. British composer Philip Venables uncovers a vein of Shakespearean tragedy in his boxing melodrama The Revenge of Miguel Cotto. In Letters from Brown Men, Paul Pinto explores the fallout from natural disasters. A monolithic yet ethereal stillness infuses Russian composer Dmitri Timofeev’s elegy, Angel. This year’s final MATA commission, Kristina Wolfe’s Record of Ancient Mirrors, conjures the drones of temple bells through retuned viola da gamba and large ensemble. Bringing it all back home, the Festival closes with New Yorker Pascal Le Boeuf’s bracingly inventive Alkaline for string quartet and jazz combo.

NOVUS NY, Scott Jarrett, conductor; Remy Le Boeuf, alto sax; Anna Webber, tenor sax; Pascal Le Boeuf, piano; Martin Nevin, bass; Peter Kronreif, drums

Saturday, April 29
8PM at the Kitchen, 512 W 19th St, NYC

Tickets available here

Philip Venables (United Kingdom): The Revenge of Miguel Cotto (2012), AP
Kristina Wolfe (USA): Record of Ancient Mirrors (2017) MATA Festival Commission
Dmitri Timofeev (Russia): Angel (2007), AP
Paul Pinto (USA): Letters from Brown Men (2014)
Pascal Le Boeuf (USA): Alkaline (2016)


Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

NOVUS NY is Trinity Church Wall Street’s contemporary music orchestra. Hailed by The New Yorker as “expert and versatile musicians,” NOVUS NY conquers a variety of new music repertoire, meeting “every challenge with an impressive combination of discipline and imagination” (New York Classical Review).

In its first season, NOVUS NY was featured in “Remember to Love,” Trinity’s commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Of the week-long tribute, The New York Times wrote: “If there is such a thing as a musical blessing, Trinity Church conferred it on a neighborhood and a city still in need of one.” The orchestra is an integral part of Trinity’s musical outreach, which has included such critically acclaimed series as Twelve in ’12The Stravinsky FestivalCelebrating BrittenLamentatio, Time’s Arrow, Mass Reimaginings and the current spring Concerts at One Series: Sunken Cathedral.

NOVUS NY has been featured on several recordings including Elena Ruehr’s Averno for Avie Records, Paola Prestini’s Hubble Cantata, and a 3-CD set of Julian Wachner’s orchestral works on the Musica Omnia label. The orchestra has performed annually in Prototype Festival operas including Ellen Reid’s Winter’s Child and Du Yun’s Angel’s Bone – and in January was the house orchestra for Missy Mazzoli and Royce Vavrek’s Breaking the Waves