Past
Performances

Mahler’s Symphony No. 3

November 8, 2017 at 8:00PM | Carnegie Hall

Presented by Carnegie Hall, MasterVoices joins the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and Maestro Zubin Mehta for a performance of  Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 3.  MasterVoices has appeared with the Orchestra at Carnegie Hall (2012 and 2015), in Israel (2008 and 2012), and at the Salzburg Festival (2012).

 

 

Of Thee I Sing at Tilles Center

November 4, 2017 at 8:00PM | Tilles Center for the Performing Arts

MasterVoices will reprise its Carnegie Hall presentation of Of Thee I Sing  at Tilles Center in Long Island.

Of Thee I Sing

By George & Ira Gershwin and Book by George S. Kaufman & Morrie Ryskind

November 2, 2017 at 7:00PM | Carnegie Hall

A comic classic with satire that feels ripped from today’s headlines, Of Thee I Sing was the first musical to win the Pulitzer Prize when it debuted in 1931. With a tuneful and witty score by George and Ira Gershwin and a libretto by Kaufman and Ryskind, written during the time of their famed association with the Marx Brothers, MasterVoices’ production features  Bryce Pinkham (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder), Denée Benton (The Great Comet), Kevin Chamberlin (The Addams Family), and Elizabeth Stanley (On the Town) in a tale of truth, justice, and corn muffins. Warning: no matter your political persuasion, it may remind you of some people you know!

Babes in Toyland at Tilles Center

April 29, 2017 at 7:00PM | Tilles Center for the Performing Arts

MasterVoices, with Artistic Director Ted Sperling, brings its Carnegie Hall production of Victor Herbert’s Babes in Toyland to Tilles Center for the Performing Arts at LIU Post (Brookville, NY).

Babes in Toyland

By Victor Herbert and Glen MacDonough

April 27, 2017 at 7:00PM | Carnegie Hall

Full of glorious melodies, Babes in Toyland hasn’t seen a major revival in New York City in over 85 years. Don’t miss the rare chance to experience this musical extravaganza, starring Kelli O’Hara and other Broadway greats, the 130 singers of MasterVoices, and Orchestra of St. Luke’s, led by Ted Sperling.

St. John Passion

By Johann Sebastian Bach

February 9, 2017 at 7:00PM | Carnegie Hall

MasterVoices performs Bach’s magnificent choral masterpiece St John Passion in a new English translation, featuring an impressive cast of rising stars and period instrument orchestra New York Baroque Incorporated.

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.

The Halloween Tree

By Theo Popov and Tony Asaro

October 30, 2016 at 3:00PM | Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Music Center

Adapted from Ray Bradbury’s beloved children’s novel, The Halloween Tree is a new opera commissioned by American Lyric Theater with music by Theo Popov and libretto by Tony Asaro.

27

By Ricky Ian Gordon and Royce Vavrek

October 20 & 21, 2016 at 8:00PM | New York City Center

A scintillating exploration of the relationship between Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, Ricky Ian Gordon and Royce Vavrek’s opera 27  takes you inside Stein’s Paris salon at 27 Rue de Fleurus, with such guests as Picasso, Hemingway, Matisse, and Fitzgerald.

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.

Dido and Aeneas

By Henry Purcell and Nahum Tate

April 27 & 28, 2016 at 7:00PM | New York City Center

Tony Award winners Kelli O’Hara and Victoria Clark star in a semi-staged version of Henry Purcell’s tempestuous Baroque opera Dido and Aeneas, led by Ted Sperling.

The Pirates of Penzance

By Arthur Sullivan and W.S. Gilbert

October 15 & 16, 2015 at 8:00PM | New York City Center

MasterVoices’ semi-staged presentation of Gilbert and Sullivan’s irresistible 1879 operetta, The Pirates of Penzance, featuring Metropolitan Opera star Deborah Voigt, Douglas Hodge (Tony Award Winner, La Cages aux Folles), and Phillip Boykin (Tony Award Nominee, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess), led by Artistic Director Ted Sperling.

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.

Not The Messiah (He’s a Very Naughty Boy)

By Eric Idle and John Du Prez

December 15 & 16, 2014 at 8:00PM | Carnegie Hall

Described by Eric Idle as “Baroque-N-Roll,” Not the Messiah features a lively pastiche of musical styles ranging from pop, country and Broadway to doo-wop, hip-hop, and Greek chorus.

 

JFK

By David T. Little, Composer and Royce Vavrek, Librettist

November 25, 2014 at 7:00PM | Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Music Center

The opera’s story is based on the final night of American president John F. Kennedy’s life that was spent in at the Hotel Texas in Fort Worth, prior to his assassination in Dallas, Texas, on November 22, 1963.

battle hymns

By David Lang

May 8, 2014 at 7:30PM | Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum

The Collegiate Chorale presents the New York Premiere of this unusual and haunting work, performed within the expansive Hangar Deck of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, a setting rich in the remembrance of wars served.

Mefistofele

By Arrigo Boito

November 8, 2013 at 8:00PM | Carnegie Hall

Mefistofele, by Arrigo Boito, based on the legend of Faust. Featuring bass-baritone Eric Owens, Arturo Chacón-Cruz, and soprano Julianna Di Giacomo, and with the combined forces of The Collegiate Chorale and Manhattan Girl’s Chorus depicting sorcerers, witches, will-o the-wisps, ancient Greek nymphs, penitents, and cherubim, this performance will provide heavenly music and devilish good fun.

Song of Norway

By Robert Wright and George Forrest

April 30, 2013 at 6:30PM | Carnegie Hall

A grand operetta in the truest sense, Song of Norway merges Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg’s great classics with the pizzazz of a Broadway musical.

Oceana | Symphony No. 7 “Toltec”

By Osvaldo Golijov and Philip Glass

February 10, 2013 at 7:00PM | Carnegie Hall

The Collegiate Chorale announces the New York Premieres of two works by major composers: Symphony No. 7 “Toltec” by Philip Glass and Oceana by Osvaldo Golijov, featuring international jazz vocalist Biella Da Costa and the American Symphony Orchestra

Beatrice di Tenda

By Vincenzo Bellini

December 5, 2012 at 6:00PM | Carnegie Hall

His penultimate opera, Beatrice di Tenda is considered one of Vincenzo Bellini’s finest works.  Set in 15th century Milan and based on an actual historical figure, the opera tells of the tormented but saintly wife of the Duke of Milan, falsely accused of adultery by the scorned lover of one of her admirers and sentenced to death by her husband.

Contemporary Voices

May 11, 2012 at 7:00PM | St. Bartholomew's Church

Contemporary Voices features five musical gems by 20th and 21st Century masters of choral composition.The sanctuary of St. Bartholomew’s Church providing a beautiful setting for this music, conducted by The Chorale’s Music Director James Bagwell.

The Mikado

By Arthur Sullivan and W.S. Gilbert

April 10, 2012 at 6:30PM | Carnegie Hall

One of the most frequently produced musical theatre pieces in history, The Mikado is a comic opera in two acts, with music by Arthur Sullivan and libretto by W.S. Gilbert. The performance features Chuck Cooper, Jason Danieley, Christopher Fitzgerald, Amy Justman, Kelli O’Hara, Brad Oscar, Lauren Worsham, and the American Symphony Orchestra, directed and conducted by Ted Sperling.

Te Deum & A Child of Our Time

By Anton Bruckner and Michael Tippett

February 3, 2012 at 7:00PM | Carnegie Hall

Written in response to Kristallnacht in a decidedly twentieth-century musical language,  A Child of Our Time  is a unique oratorio that reflects Tippett’s pacifism and belief that people contain both “shadow and light.”

Moïse et Pharaon

By Gioachino Rossini

November 30, 2011 at 8:00PM | Carnegie Hall

Music Director James Bagwell will conduct The Collegiate Chorale and American Symphony Orchestra with legendary bass-baritone James Morris, 2011 Richard Tucker Award Winner Angela Meade and renowned soloists Kyle Ketelsen, Eric Cutler and Marina Rebekain this opera-in-concert presentation.

We Remember Them:

March 10, 2011 at 7:00PM | Central Synagogue

In this concert of choral works by composers who perished in the Holocaust, as well as contemporary composers who wrote to sustain the memory of all those who suffered, we are also reminded of man’s profound ability to create beauty out of madness.

Knickerbocker Holiday

By Kurt Weill and Maxwell Anderson

January 25 & 26, 2011 at 8:00PM | Alice Tully Hall

Kurt Weill and Maxwell Anderson teamed up for the first time to create this delightful romantic comedy.  First performed in 1938 with Walter Huston in the role of Peter Stuyvesant, the work is one of Weill’s deft hybrid theater pieces which lies somewhere between operetta and musical theater, and also contains bits of political satire.

Alto Rhapsody and A German Requiem

By Johannes Brahms

October 13, 2010 at 7:00PM | Carnegie Hall

International artist and Musical America’s 2009 Vocalist of the Year mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe performs with The Collegiate Chorale in Brahms’ lush, rarely-seen Alto Rhapsody.  Metropolitan Opera baritone Eric Owens and soprano Erin Morley will join The Chorale to perform Brahms’ transcendent masterpiece A German Requiem. 

Israel in Egypt

By George F. Handel

May 12, 2010 at 8:00PM | Skirball Center for the Performing Arts at New York University

Handel’s Israel in Egypt is a rich musical setting of the biblical story of the Exodus.  In this choral tour de force, vivid images of the Exodus story are recounted during the first segment, which is complemented by the beautiful and exultant second half, The Song of Moses.  Both colossal and tender, this work of epic imagery and text painting is one of Handel’s monumental achievements.

The Grapes of Wrath

By Rickey Ian Gordon and Michael Korie

March 22, 2010 at 8:00PM | Carnegie Hall

Originally commissioned and produced by the Minnesota Opera and called “The great American opera” by Musical America, Gordon and Korie’s new work melds popular musical styles of the ‘20s and ‘30s with the classic drama of grand opera, all to a heart-wrenching yet uplifting effect.  The composer (Gordon) and librettist (Korie) have crafted a special concert version of their original opera with narration written especially for this presentation.

A Jubilant Song

December 1, 2009 at 7:00PM | Carnegie Hall

Maestro James Bagwell in his inaugural concert as The Chorale’s newly appointed Music Director presents A JUBILANT SONG, a celebration of the organization’s remarkable history of exceptional conductors, noteworthy commissions, and premieres, and multi-faceted choral programming