Trinity Church Wall Street to Stream Interactive High-Definition Performance of Handel’s ‘Messiah’

By Chris Ruel

Trinity Church Wall Street announced a special, high-definition, interactive stream of its 2019 concert performance of Handel’s “Messiah,” featuring the Grammy®-nominated Choir of Trinity Wall Street, Trinity Baroque Orchestra, and Music Director Julian Wachner.

The performance will stream on Facebook on December 13 at 3:00 p.m. EST.

Trinity also kicks off its “Comfort at One” video series on Friday, November 27 at 1:00 p.m. The series highlights moments from past concerts, with videos being released each day at 1:00 p.m. EST. “Comfort at One” will stream on Facebook and Twitter and run through Friday, January 8.

The Church’s presentation of Handel’s “Messiah” dates to 1770 when it hosted one of the first performances in America. The Choir of Trinity Wall Street and the period-instrument Trinity Baroque Orchestra are recognized as preeminent presenters of “Messiah,” with The New York Times calling Trinity’s performances “the best in New York.” Because of the pandemic, Trinity will take the holiday tradition online, broadcasting last year’s performance for the first time. Along with the full concert in high definition, the premiere will include personal video messages from 10 key Trinity artists interspersed between movements. The videos share glimpses into the artist’s lives, including how they continued to make music during the pandemic.

Trinity is also planning a live comment thread for audience members to connect with Music Director Wachner, Trinity musicians, and those watching from around the world.

The December 13 stream will cap off Trinity’s “Messiah Week” — five days of related webcasts presented as part of the “Comfort at One” series. “Messiah” week begins Monday, December 7 with a 2017 performance of “For unto us a child is born.”

The week concludes on Friday, Dec 11 with “Surely,” “And with His stripes,” and “All we like sheep”: a series of choral movements by The Choir of Trinity Wall Street and Trinity Baroque Orchestra in 2016.