Commissions

Naamah’s Ark

By Marisa Michelson and Royce Vavrek

June 17, 2018 at 7:00PM | Free Concert | Rockefeller Park, entrance at Warren Street and River Terrace

This dramatic oratorio by composer Marisa Michelson and librettist Royce Vavrek tells the story of Noah’s Ark from the perspective of Noah’s wife, Naamah, who cares for the diverse species of animals on the Ark and guides them as they reach dry land. From the birds to the hippos, each group has its own concerns. Can they learn to live together after the crisis has passed? Inspired by the resilience of communities affected by Hurricane Sandy, this Father’s Day performance of Naamah’s Ark features community members from Lower Manhattan, the MasterVoices Chorus, and leading lady Victoria Clark, under the direction of Tony Award-winning conductor Ted Sperling.

Produced in collaboration with the River To River Festival, presented by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC), and Battery Park City Authority, this event is free and open to the public.

Our America

March 7, 2018 at 7:00PM | 7 East 7th Street | The Great Hall at The Cooper Union

Conceived by Artistic Director Ted Sperling, Our America puts MasterVoices’ diverse chorus in service of the wide range of immigrant stories and sounds that have come to define American music. The evening will feature newly commissioned work, American premieres, and new arrangements of classics.

The Road of Promise

By Kurt Weill and Franz Werfel

May 6 & 7, 2015 at 7:00PM | Carnegie Hall

The Road of Promise is a new concert adaptation of Kurt Weill and Franz Wefel’s 1937 epic musical spectacle, The Eternal Road. A dramatic mix of opera, musical theater, and biblical pageant play.

Bridges

June 5, 2016 at 5:00PM | Ansche Chesed Synagogue

As a part of MasterVoices’ new community outreach program “Bridges – Connecting Communities Through Music”, Artistic Director Ted Sperling, soloists Katie Geissinger and Sachal Vasandani, and diverse community members from Lawrence, Long Island come together to perform Naamah’s Ark, a new MasterVoices commission by composer Marisa Michelson and librettist Royce Vavrek.

The Life and Death(s) of Alan Turing

By Justine F. Chen and David Simpatico

January 12, 2017 at 7:30PM | Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Music Center

A new opera by Justine F. Chen and David Simpatico, The Life and Death(s) of Alan Turing  is a historical-fantasia inspired by the life of the groundbreaking computer scientist, Alan Turing.