Friday, May 19, 8pm
Saturday, May 20, 8pm
Trinity Church, Broadway at Wall Street
The Choir of Trinity Wall Street, Downtown Voices, Trinity Youth Chorus, and NOVUS NY
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Written to mark the turn of the millennium, Philip Glass’s Symphony No. 5 manifests Gustav Mahler’s opinion that “The symphony must be like the world. It must embrace everything.” Glass draws from diverse spiritual wellsprings, including the Bible, the Tibetan Book of the Dead, the Koran, Hindu scriptures, and West African traditions to create an epic narrative.
The Choir of Trinity Wall Street, Downtown Voices, and NOVUS NY combine their full forces to perform this all-embracing masterpiece. These two performances are free and open to the public. For those not in New York, please take advantage of this free live stream on Trinity’s Website.
“We synthesized a vocal text that begins before the world’s creation, passes through earthly life and paradise, and closes with a future dedication. We are looking at the moment of the millennium as a bridge between the past (represented by the Requiem and embodying the first nine movements up to the moment of Death), the present (the Bardo representing the “in between”), and culminating in Nirmanakaya (the future manifestation of enlightened activity).”—Philip Glass
These performances will be recorded for release on Orange Mountain Music.