THE ART OF
MUSICAL STORYTELLING
Dido and Aeneas, 2016
Photo by Erin Baiano
ABOUT
The Mikado

The Mikado starring Kelli O’Hara, 2012

MasterVoices is a New York City-based performing arts organization that celebrates singing and the art of musical storytelling. Founded as The Collegiate Chorale 75 years ago by legendary conductor Robert Shaw, the organization is one of the jewels of NYC cultural institutions, and has achieved international acclaim as well. Recent performances at Carnegie Hall and at Lincoln Center have included Ricky Ian Gordon’s The Grapes of Wrath, Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado, Boito’s Mefistofele, Eric Idle’s Not the Messiah (He’s a Very Naughty Boy), and many of the great choral works, including Brahms’ Requiem, Tippett’s A Child of Our Time, Mahler’s 8th Symphony, Glass’ Koyaanisqatsi, and the Verdi Requiem. In August 2015, we took the new name MasterVoices to better represent who we are: a performing arts organization that celebrates storytelling through the masterful voices of our chorus and world-class soloists, and the creative voices of composers, librettists, designers, and directors.

Some of the solo artists who have sung with us recently include Stephanie Blythe, Victoria Clark, Nathan Gunn, Kelli O’Hara, Eric Idle, Eric Owens, Bryn Terfel, and Deborah Voigt. We are also pleased to work regularly with Orchestra of St. Luke’s.

Ted Sperling

Ted Sperling

Under the artistic direction of Ted Sperling, MasterVoices celebrates its 75th Anniversary in 2016-17. We look forward to presenting New York audiences with a season that honors our history of exceptional music-making, continuing our tradition of presenting a broad range of repertoire, from opera to choral classic to musical theatre.  View our 2016-17 season announcement!

 

SEASON AT A GLANCE

St. John Passion

By Johann Sebastian Bach

MasterVoices' St. John Passion

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February 9, 2017 at 7pm
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall

Featuring Michael Slattery, Jesse Blumberg, Adam Lau, Latonia Moore, Tamara Mumford, Ben Bliss, and Daniel Okulitch
MasterVoices
New York Baroque Incorporated

Ted Sperling, Conductor

Performed in a new, modern-day English translation

Audience members are invited to learn the chorales and sing along!  Practice materials are coming soon!

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Babes in Toyland

By Victor Herbert and Glen MacDonough

MasterVoices' Babes in Toyland

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April 27, 2017 at 7pm
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall

Featuring Kelli O’Hara, Bill Irwin, Lauren Worsham, and Christopher Fitzgerald
MasterVoices
Orchestra of St. Luke’s

Ted Sperling, Conductor

First major revival in New York City in over 85 years!

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The MasterVoices series at New York City Center is made possible in part by major funding from the Howard Gilman Foundation.

EDUCATION
AND OUTREACH

SIDE-BY-SIDE PROGRAM

Side-by-Side students at the 2016 Verbier Festival

Side-by-Side students at the 2016 Verbier Festival

Now in its thirteenth year, our flagship education program offers high school students from the greater metropolitan area the opportunity to sing “side by side” with our experienced chorus members, receiving mentoring, musical training and invaluable performance opportunities in all our concerts. We currently partner with six NYC high schools as well as with the NY All-City High School Chorus. Please click here to watch a video about our Side-by-Side program!


BRIDGES – CONNECTING COMMUNITIES THROUGH MUSIC

Inaugural Bridges performance

Inaugural Bridges performance, June 2016

“Bridges – Connecting Communities Through Music” is MasterVoices’ new community outreach initiative that provides people in a New York community with the opportunity to come together to make music with MasterVoices, regardless of their abilities or backgrounds. In 2015-16, MasterVoices commissioned composer Marisa Michelson and librettist Royce Vavrek to compose a new piece for MasterVoices and diverse community members from Lawrence, Long Island. On June 5, 2016, over 200 people came together to perform Michelson and Vavrek’s “community oratorio” Naamah’s Ark, a retelling of the moment when Noah’s Ark lands and all the animals must learn to share the future. View photos from this powerful performance.

AROUND TOWN

MasterVoices will collaborate with American Lyric Theater and Tilles Center for the Performing Arts at LIU Post for additional appearances in the 2016-17 season.

 

The Life and Death(s) of Alan Turing

A concert of new opera in development

Music by Justine F. Chen and libretto by David Simpatico
Presented by American Lyric Theater

January 12, 2017
Merkin Concert Hall

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Babes in Toyland at Tilles Center

MasterVoices will reprise Babes in Toyland

Music by Victor Herbert and libretto by Glen MacDonough
Featuring Kelli O’Hara, Bill Irwin, Lauren Worsham, and Christopher Fitzgerald
with Orchestra of St. Luke’s
Ted Sperling, Conductor

April 29, 2017
Tilles Center for the Performing Arts at LIU Post, Brookville, NY

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Performance with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra at the Salzburg Festival, 2012 Photo by Pamela S. Richter
SING WITH
MASTERVOICES

MasterVoices is seeking excellent, experienced singers in all voice categories. Of particular interest are singers possessing a strong voice with wide range, ability to sight-read, and flexibility to sing in many styles and musical genres. For more information or to schedule an audition, please contact Julie Morgan by clicking here or calling 646-202-9622.

SUPPORT
MASTERVOICES

DONATE TO HELP US CONTINUE THE MUSICAL STORYTELLING

Help MasterVoices provide this exceptional programming to the NYC community by making a donation. We are grateful for gifts of all sizes. Our giving categories are Maestro’s Circle membership for donations of $5,000 and above, and Friends membership for gifts of $250-$4,999. Please make a donation online, or call the MasterVoices office at 646-202-9623.

JOIN US FOR A SPECIAL EVENT

Each season, MasterVoices invites its patrons to a Fall Gala where guests enjoy a seated dinner and premium concert tickets, and to a Spring Benefit, which also features a vastly entertaining live auction. These events allow MasterVoices to continue offering its unique programming and to raise support for its educational activities.

To request an invitation to MasterVoices’ 75th Anniversary Benefit Celebration on March 30, 2017, please call 646-202-9623.

CONTACT

MasterVoices
115 E. 57th Street, 11th Floor
New York, NY 10022
Phone: 646.202.9623

Ted Sperling, Artistic Director
Jennifer Collins, Executive Director
Julie Morgan, General Manager
Emma Gaudio, Marketing and Education Manager
Geneva Lyman, Administrative Assistant
Michelle Tabnick, Press Representative

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The Pirates of Penzance, 2015
Photo by Erin Baiano