2021 Season Announcement!
MasterVoices Will Present Adam Guettel’s Theatrical Song Cycle
Myths and Hymns
Released in Four Free Digital Chapters
January 13, February 24, April 14, and May 26
(all chapters viewable on demand through 6/30/21)
featuring The MasterVoices Chorus with
Performers Diane Drayse Alonso, Anderson & Roe, Shoshana Bean, Nina Bernstein, John Brancy, Daniel Breaker, Julia Bullock, Dove Cameron, Anthony Roth Costanzo, Emma Lou DeLaney, Renée Fleming, Drew Gehling, Annie Golden, Gospel Soul Children of New York, Joshua Henry, Cheyenne Jackson, Capathia Jenkins, Mykal Kilgore, Norm Lewis, John Lithgow, Jose Llana, Milan Magaña, Theresa McCarthy, Michael McElory, Miles Mykkanen, Kelli O’Hara, Ailyn Pérez, Shereen Pimentel, Nicholas Phan, Justine Rafael, Elizabeth Stanley, Katja Stoer, Take 6, Lori Wilner
Directors Greg Anderson, Sammi Cannold, Victoria Clark, Anthony Roth Costanzo, Trip Cullman, Lear deBessonet, Khristian Dentley, Doug Fitch, Anne Kauffman, Andrew Palermo, Ted Sperling
Visual Artists Artolution, Yazmany Arboleda, Cloud Chatanda, Manik Choksi, Erik Freer, Max Frieder, Yoav Gal, Steven Kellogg, Agnes Loukine, Lucy Mackinnon, Danny Mefford, Tommy Nguyen, Adrienne Rogers, Earl Womack, Ray Charles White, Aoshuang Zhang
…and more to be announced!
Myths and Hymns is a kaleidoscopic song cycle that explores the nature of faith and longing in a secular world. With it, MasterVoices is exploring the nature of choral performance in a digital world – this epic performance will be virtual, but nothing like your typical Zoom offering.
Nearly nine months in the making, Myths and Hymns brings tour de force performances together with master directors, illustrators, animators, photographers, and videographers. Each song forms its own visually illuminating short film, making the experience like watching four mini-film festivals from the comfort of your own home – each packed with music focused on one aspect of the journey towards fulfillment: Flight, Work, Love, and Faith.
Composed by Tony Award–winner Adam Guettel (Light in the Piazza, Floyd Collins), the score reflects influences ranging from Gabriel Fauré to Stevie Wonder to Caetano Veloso. Myths and Hymns will be free to the public, with special gala preview screenings for each chapter. Learn more about those here.
More About Myths and Hymns
Following his Obie Award-winning 1996 musical Floyd Collins – for which Ted Sperling served as Music Director – Adam Guettel’s next public project was the song cycle Myths and Hymns. The songs were inspired by two very different sources: ancient Greek myths – including Icarus, Pegasus, Prometheus, Sisyphus, Hero and Leander, and Medusa – and Protestant hymn texts, derived from an antique hymnal Guettel found in a shop upstate.
Workshopped in several forms and venues, it was ultimately performed as Saturn Returns in an extended run at The Public Theater in 1998. A recording of selections was released on Nonesuch Records using the original title, and since then the work has gained a devoted cult following. MasterVoices’ production features several tracks not available on the album, and some never before heard in public. Says Guettel, “I couldn’t be more honored or thrilled by this production. It’s the perfect piece to be adapted in this way, and Ted Sperling is the perfect person to bring it all together. He’s done an absolutely amazing job.”
Reviews for Myths and Hymns Chapter 1: FLIGHT
“An artistic statement that’s likely to have lasting value.” – Philadelphia Inquirer
“They have relocated their efforts to the small screen, but there is nothing small about Myths and Hymns, nor the manner in which it is being presented. Tune in; it’s likely to leave you pining for next month’s installment.” – NY Stage Review
“A wonderfully eclectic presentation by New York’s beloved MasterVoices ensemble. The musical values are superb… Taken together, it’s a transfixing and emotionally cathartic experience.” – Parterre
“Scoring high marks on the creativity scale, it’s compelling and artistically outstanding. Guettel’s music is dizzyingly complex, but that’s no obstacle for the highly skilled singers assembled here.” – Forbes on Film
“I’m going to cut to the chase here. I highly, highly, highly recommend MasterVoices’ streaming production of Myths and Hymns.” – Show Showdown