Welcome to MasterVoices’ 2017-18 season! This season the art of musical storytelling is on full display with stories that span from Greek mythology to songs by George and Ira Gershwin, all brought to life through the power of the human voice. Our concerts also span the city this year, with programs at Carnegie Hall, Rose Theater at Lincoln Center, and The Cooper Union.
In selecting this year’s programs, I wanted us to wrestle with the issues that face us in the news every day. Of Thee I Sing is an uproarious spoof of electoral politics; Our America reminds us how much immigrants bring to the tapestry that we know as American music; and Naamah’s Ark asks the question, “Are we prepared for an environmental catastrophe? And can we cross all our normal divides to survive it?” More eternally, Orphic Moments asks us to consider: what are beauty and art really worth to us?
The storytelling one encounters in the theater or concert hall is found nowhere else in life. To experience these stories together is to give ourselves a common place from which to consider life’s big questions. And this is the heart of MasterVoices’ mission – using the power of the human voice to connect, unite, and inspire.
Last year I promised you more commissions, more theatricality and more new artists joining the MasterVoices family. All three are in evidence this season, so I hope you’ll join us for as many concerts as you can. There’s no joy like the joy of discovery, so be sure to pick some new adventures along with your favorites!