MasterVoices | Ted Sperling, Conductor
The performance will be hosted for free on our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/mastervoicesny
(link goes live at 6:30pm EST on Wednesday, 4/14/2021)
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Music and Lyrics by Adam Guettel
Orchestrations by Don Sebesky and Jamie Lawrence
Ted Sperling, Artistic Director and Conductor
Running Time: Approx. 23 minutes
The central project of MasterVoices’ 2020-2021 season will be a virtual rollout of award-winning composer Adam Guettel’s theatrical song cycle, Myths and Hymns, in an online staging conceived by Ted Sperling. Inspired by Greek myths and a 19th-Century Presbyterian hymnal, the 1998 cycle is a kaleidoscopic collection of musical genres as it explores the nature of faith and longing in a secular world. New short musical films will illustrate the protagonist’s attempt to seek answers in four ways – through Flight, Work, Love, and Faith. The four chapters of this personal voyage will be released in free digital installments throughout the winter and spring.
Watch anytime starting Wednesday, April 14 at 6:30 PM EST.
After the launch, Chapter 1: FLIGHT, Chapter 2: WORK and Chapter 3: LOVE will remain available for on-demand streaming on MasterVoices YouTube channel until June 30, 2021. There is no registration or sign up required to view the performance.
The third chapter, LOVE, explores the possibility of finding fulfillment through relationships with others. Hero and Leander evokes the sounds of the roiling waves that stand in the way of the lovers’ union, and ultimately prove their ruin. Come to Jesus intertwines the story of a young couple’s dissolution because of an unwanted pregnancy with the haunting hymn text of the title, and the chapter ends with the wistfully humorous and self-involved How Can I Lose You?
Dianne Drayse Alonso, Nina Bernstein, John Brancy, Dove Cameron, Victoria Clark, Drew Gehling, Cheyenne Jackson, Shereen Pimentel, Lori Wilner, Earl Womack, Ted Sperling, and The MasterVoices Chorus.
Artwork created by Mikyung Lee
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Private Screening Events
- a live Q & A with the artists
- a virtual cocktail session with the artists