Praised by The New York Times for its “dramatic vigor” and “elegantly shaped orchestral sound,” Trinity Church Wall Street’s superb period-instrument ensemble, the Trinity Baroque Orchestra has been heard in collaboration with The Choir of Trinity Wall Street in venues from New York’s Alice Tully Hall to Berkeley’s Zellerbach Hall, performing many of the greatest masterpieces of the Baroque repertoire.
After presenting Bach’s entire monumental output of sacred vocal music during a five-year cycle of concerts in the popular Bach at One series, the combined forces have embarked on the Bach + One series, pairing a Bach cantata with a complementary work by a different composer, as well as The Handel Project, a multi-season initiative presenting the full catalogue of Handel’s oratorios. The orchestra is featured annually in Trinity’s critically acclaimed annual performances of Handel’s Messiah, which The New York Times declares to be “the best ‘Messiah’ in New York.” The Trinity Baroque Orchestra can be heard alongside The Choir of Trinity Wall Street on their Grammy-nominated recording of Handel’s Israel in Egypt, as well as on J.S. Bach: Complete Motets.
With Trinity Church Wall Street music director Julian Wachner as principal conductor, the group boasts a varied roster of North America’s finest period instrument players. Principal concertmaster Robert Mealy is a versatile performer who teaches at both Yale and Juilliard and has been described by The New Yorker as “New York’s world-class early music violinist,” and many of the orchestra’s other members also hold faculty or adjunct faculty positions at distinguished institutions including Yale, Harvard, Indiana University, and the Juilliard School’s Historical Performance Program.