By Tariq Al-Sabir (MV Commission) and Carl Orff (Carmina Burana)

May 9 at 3:00PM
May 11 at 7:00PM

MasterVoices | Ted Sperling, Conductor

Bridges – Connecting Communities Through Music” is MasterVoices’ a 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.

MasterVoices joins forces with East Side House Settlement in the South Bronx for our third BRIDGES project, bringing diverse communities together to celebrate the joy of making music. The last Bridges project in 2018 led to the creation of Naamah’s Ark with Lower Manhattan communities in 2018 – this time we’ll be pairing a brand new commission by Tariq Al-Sabir (one of The Shed’s inaugural Open Call Artists) with a lively intergenerational take on Carmina Burana. Both pieces will be created with, for, and by members of the East Side House community. Let BRIDGES take you back to the joy you felt when music first entered your life!


Tickets for the May 9th performance of BRIDGES are FREE


Tickets for the May 11th performance of BRIDGES  will be available starting on December 9th.
MasterVoices Members save 15% on tickets and have pre-sale access beginning December 2nd.

Artist Bios

Tariq Al-Sabir, Composer and Tenor Soloist

Composer, Vocalist, Music Director and Producer Tariq Al-Sabir has been described as a “boundless talent” by Baltimore’s City Hall and The Examiner deemed him “a rising musical mastermind”. A performer and writer with a command over many styles including classical, gospel, jazz, pop and musical theater, his early passion for music was supported by The Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University with a full scholarship for composition lessons that started while he was in middle school and maintained through his high schooling at the Baltimore School for the Arts. In 2006, Tariq was featured as a lead vocalist on the season 4 theme song for HBO’s “The Wire”.

Now an esteemed alumnus of Peabody, Tariq is frequently engaged as a performer and composer in NYC where he is now based. His experience ranges from jingle writing, film scoring, and music production, to premiering a role in the world premier of the Smithsonian Commissioned operetta “Qadar” and premiering the role of George Stinney Sr. in the social justice opera, “Stinney”. His abilities remain unrestricted while he displays expertise at each performance. He was interviewed and featured on Al Jazeera for for his innovative work that creatively and seamlessly challenges genre separation. In 2016, Tariq was invited to be a performer and speaker at TEDxMidatlantic, focusing on his experiences and projects with music, justice, and music education for children of color.

In 2017, he premiered commissioned works and performed at Lincoln Center, National Sawdust, and Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater. He collaborated with Kambui Olujimi and the Lone Wolf Recital Corps at MoMA in short film and live performance for the exhibition Projects 107: Lone Wolf Recital Corps. He nationally and internationally premiered the roles of Richard Moss and Travis Douglass in Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower, an opera by Toshi Reagon and Bernice Johnson Reagon.

In 2018 Tariq was selected to be an member of the inaugural SUITE/Space Artist residency with the legendary Mabou Mines Theater Company, where he conceived and presented a workshop version of his theatrical-multimedia song cycle #UNWANTED in their new theater at Performance Space 122.

Al-Sabir most recently served as music director for the Off-Broadway run of Jomama Jones’ Black Light at the Greenwich House theater, after the show’s successful run at the Public Theater in March. Al-Sabir’s multimedia song cycle #UNWANTED, conceived in 2018 at Mabou Mines, will present its world premiere at The Shed among the inaugural Open Call commissions. In Summer of 2019 Al-Sabir will make his LA Philharmonic debut in the cast of Meredith Monk’s, Atlas under the direction of Yuval Sharon.

Tariq’s awards include the 2006 Centerstage Young Playwrights Award for his musical, “Another Man’s Treasure”, 2008 NIYC Gospelfest Awards, 2009 BSO “Oh Say Can you Sing” prize, 2011 NFAA YoungArts Finalist prize in both Classical and Popular voice and he is a 2015 recipient of the George Castelle Memorial Award in Voice.

He has been featured as soloist with Hilary Hahn’s Tsunami Relief Concert, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, D.C. Jazz Festival, Anacostia Jazz Festival, and the Kennedy Center’s Conservatory Project. He has shared stages and worked with artists such as Billy Ocean, Toshi Reagon, Meshell Ndegeocello, Andy Williams, Gladys Knight, Hilary Hahn, Sandi Patti, Rance Allen, and Maurette Brown Clark.

Sidney Outlaw, Baritone

Lauded by The New York Times as a “terrific singer” with a “deep, rich timbre” and the San Francisco Chronicle as an “opera powerhouse” with a “weighty and forthright” sound, Sidney Outlaw was the Grand Prize winner of the Concurso Internacional de Canto Montserrat Caballe in 2010 who delights audiences in the U.S. and abroad with his rich and versatile baritone and engaging stage presence. A graduate of the Merola Opera Program and the Gerdine Young Artist Program at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, this rising American baritone from Brevard, North Carolina recently added a GRAMMY nomination to his list of accomplishments for the Naxos Records recording of Darius Milhaud’s 1922 opera trilogy, L’Orestie d’Eschyle in which he sang the role of Apollo.

In the 2018-2019 season, Mr. Outlaw sang Dizzy Gillespie in Charlie Parker’s Yardbird with both Atlanta Opera and Arizona Opera, returned to the Baltimore Symphony as a soloist in Handel’s Messiah and Minnesota Opera for the world premiere of The Fix, sang Fauré’s Requiem at Augustana College, Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem at Cornell University, and made his debut with Mill City Summer Opera as Guglielmo in Così fan tutte. The 2019-2020 season includes his San Francisco Opera debut as the First Mate in Billy Budd, Messiah with the National Symphony Orchestra, Tommy McIntyre in Fellow Travelers with Madison Opera, Dizzy Gillespie in Yardbird with New Orleans Opera, Beethoven’s Missa solemnis with the Colorado Symphony, and Mahler’s Songs of a Wayfarer with the Toledo Symphony.