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, 5/26/2021)
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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. 20 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, May 26 at 6:30 PM EST.
After the launch, Chapter 1: FLIGHT, Chapter 2: WORK, Chapter 3: LOVE and Chapter 4: FAITH 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 fourth and final chapter, FAITH, explores the possibility of finding fulfillment through belief in something bigger. There’s a Land conjures a version of heaven where all problems are solved. There’s a Shout also puts stock in a God that will come to the rescue. Awaiting You mourns the loss of loved ones and teachers. A recasting of Saturn Returns shows the acceptance that fulfillment will have to come from an internal change, a reconciliation of desire and acceptance. Light After Darkness uses one more hymn text to recapitulate the themes of the piece and celebrate its completion.
Anthony Roth Costanzo, Artolution, Trip Cullman, Emma Lou DeLaney, Erik Freer, Max Frieder, Jennifer Holliday, Mykal Kilgore, Milan Magaña, Theresa McCarthy, Miles Mykkanen, Kelli O’Hara, Larry Owens, Nicholas Phan, Andrew Palermo, Justine Rafael, Katja Stoer, The Gospel Soul Children of New York, 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
- an online auction
- a virtual cocktail session with the artists.