Upcoming Performances

Of Thee I Sing

By George and Ira Gershwin

November 2, 2017 at 7:00PM | Carnegie Hall

A comic classic with satire that feels ripped from today’s headlines, Of Thee I Sing was the first musical to win the Pulitzer Prize when it debuted in 1931. With a tuneful and witty score by George and Ira Gershwin and a libretto by Kaufman and Ryskind, written during the time of their famed association with the Marx Brothers, MasterVoices’ production features  Bryce Pinkham (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder), Denée Benton (The Great Comet), Kevin Chamberlin (The Addams Family), and Elizabeth Stanley (On the Town) in a tale of truth, justice, and corn muffins. Warning: no matter your political persuasion, it may remind you of some people you know!

Mahler’s Symphony No. 3

November 8, 2017 at 8:00PM | Carnegie Hall

Presented by Carnegie Hall, MasterVoices joins the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and Maestro Zubin Mehta for a performance of  Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 3.  MasterVoices has appeared with the Orchestra at Carnegie Hall (2012 and 2015), in Israel (2008 and 2012), and at the Salzburg Festival (2012).

 

 

Handel’s Messiah

December 9, 2017 at 8:00PM | Basilica of Saint John the Evangelist, Stamford, CT

MasterVoices makes its inaugural appearance with the Stamford Symphony in a performance of Part I and the “Hallelujah” Chorus (Part II) of Handel’s Messiah., conducted by Ted Sperling.

Our America

March 7, 2018 at 7:00PM | Great Hall at The Cooper Union

American music is immigrant music—a glorious merging of voices and traditions that has fueled the invention of whole new musical genres. Our America, conceived by Artistic Director Ted Sperling, puts MasterVoices’ diverse chorus in service of the wide range of stories and sounds that have come to de​fine American music, with a combination of newly commissioned work, American premieres, and new arrangements of classics. The concert marks MasterVoices’ debut at the historic Great Hall at The Cooper Union— birthplace of the NAACP, the women’s suffrage movement, ​and ​some of the earliest workers’ rights campaigns​, as well as the site of speeches by Abraham Lincoln and Emma Goldman.

Orphic Moments

May 6 at 8:30PM & May 7 at 7:00pm | Rose Hall at Jazz at Lincoln Center

When Orphic Moments premiered at National Sawdust last March, the rave New York Times review ended with a lament: “Why does it run for just two consecutive evenings, and for fewer than 300 people?” We felt the same way! This inventive evening pairs a new dramatic cantata, The Orphic Moment, by young composer Matthew Aucoin, with an innovative staging of Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice​,​ in a version specially re-conceived for MasterVoices​. The effect is a provocative probing of the psychology of Orpheus’ crucial turning point, directed by Zack Winokur with scenic design by Douglas Fitch, featuring soprano Kiera Duffy, dancer Bobbi Jene Smith, and violinist Keir GoGwilt. Don’t miss this unforgettable evening that brings new insight to a classic tale! 

Naamah’s Ark

By Royce Vavrek and Marisa Michelson

June 17, 2018 at 7:00PM | The River to River Festival

This dramatic oratorio by composer Marisa Michelson and librettist Royce Vavrek tells the story of Noah’s Ark, from the perspective of Noah’s wife. Naamah is a strong woman who must guide all the diverse species of animals in coming together as the Ark reaches dry land. From the birds to the hippos, each group has its own concerns. Can they learn to live together after the crisis has passed? In a new version of the piece, community members from Lower Manhattan join MasterVoices in shared music-making to explore themes of diversity, the role of women in society, and the possible devastation of climate change.

Presented in collaboration with the River To River Festival in Lower Manhattan, this summer event is free and open to the public.