MasterVoices | New York Baroque Incorporated | Ted Sperling, Conductor
On November 28 at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage, Mr. Sperling will lead the New York premiere of a multi-media version of Israel in Egypt, Handel’s timely oratorio of exile and displacement, reflecting the biblical account of the heroic flight of Israelites enslaved in Pharaonic Egypt and their crossing the Red Sea. In collaboration with The Juilliard School, MasterVoices will feature soloists who are current students or alumni from the Ellen and James S. Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts, including sopranos Mikaela Bennett and Jessica Niles, countertenor John Holiday, baritone Gregory Feldmann and bass-baritone Erik Van Heyningen, as well as rising star tenor Andrew Stenson. The program will also feature the New York Baroque Incorporated period instrument ensemble and Syrian-Armenian visual artist Kevork Mourad. Mourad will create a combination of pre-composed film and in-the-moment paintings that bring a personal perspective to the work’s universal theme of displacement and the entrenched human instinct to return home. Commented the artist, “This story is very familiar to me because of my Armenian background. My ancestors were forced to leave their homes 100 years ago and were welcomed by Syrians. And now this has happened to the Syrians: almost half the population has been forced to leave their homes. The story of the Exodus is mirrored in the refugee crisis in the country of my birth, Syria, and many other countries around the world, where people are forced out of their homes due to violence and economic hardship. History is repeating itself, and the idea of finding a new home, the right to safety, is something that resonates with me, the descendant of refugees.”
Kevork Mourad, a member of the Silk Road Ensemble as a visual artist, is known for making fantastical paintings in spontaneous collaboration with performing artists. His process for Israel in Egypt involves a technique of live painting that will be projected onto the walls of the hall, combined with animated sequences. This production was commissioned by Los Angeles Master Chorale, which premiered it in February 2018 at Walt Disney Hall. Mourad’s multi-media work The Sound of Stone will be performed on November 2 under the auspices of MetLiveArts at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Ted Sperling, Conductor
Kevork Mourad, Visual Artist
Mikaela Bennett, Soprano
Jessica Niles, Soprano
John Holiday, Countertenor
Andrew Stenson, Tenor
Gregory Feldmann, Baritone
Erik Van Heyningen, Bass-Baritone
New York Baroque Incorporated
Frances Aronson, Lighting Designer
Tickets for Israel in Egypt are on sale now. Tickets may be purchased online at carnegiehall.org, by calling CarnegieCharge at 212.247.7800, or in person at the Carnegie Hall box office at 57th and Seventh Avenue.
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Running time for this concert is 2 hours with a 15-minute intermission included.