Songs for
a summer night

June 8th at 7pm | Waterline square park

MasterVoices | Ted Sperling, Conductor

Presented as part of the Waterline Square Park’s Summer Stage program, this effervescent evening is designed to delight your senses – think balmy breezes, atmospheric surroundings, and a lush score that brings the sounds of summer to life. From the fairy forests of Felix Mendelssohn to the porch swings of Samuel Barber, this outdoor serenade will feature the MasterVoices Chorus and Orchestra of St. Luke’s, with vocalists Shereen Pimentel (Ivo van Hove’s West Side Story, last season’s Myths and Hymns) and Tariq Al-Sabir (Toshi Reagon’s Parable of the Sower, Meredith Monk’s Atlas). We’ll transport you through summers in Renaissance Italy and fin-de-siècle Sweden… but if NYC summers are your thing, we’ve got you covered with contemporary works by the phenomenal Ricky Ian Gordon (Grapes of Wrath, Intimate Apparel) and a world premiere commission by boundless talent Tariq Al-Sabir, whose recent commissions include the Harvard University Committee on the Arts (2022), and the 2021 New York Festival of Song.

With Songs for a Summer Night, MasterVoices is a proud participant in the #FestivalofNY – a city-wide celebration of all the things that make us New Yorkers.


Overture to “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” in E major, Op. 21 – Felix Mendelssohn
Song with Choir (from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” ) – Mendelssohn
El Grillo – Josquin des Prez
Blame it on the Summer Night (from “Rags”) – Stephen Schwartz/Charles Strouse
Song of a Summer Night (from “The Most Happy Fella”) – Frank Loesser
New Moon, Summer, and Joy (Three Songs) – Ricky Ian Gordon
Knoxville: Summer of 1915  – Samuel Barber
Excerpts from Les nuits d’été (Summer Nights), Villanelle and La Spectre de la Rose – Hector Berlioz
Night Music Waltz Suite – Stephen Sondheim, arr. Ted Sperling
World Premiere Commission – Tariq Al-Sabir

Program subject to change.

Press release – Songs for a Summer Night

Season artwork designed by Asia Pietrzyk