MASTERVOICES ANNOUNCES DETAILS OF ITS 2018-19 SEASON
New York Premiere of Multimedia Version of Handel's Israel in Egypt with Film and In-the-Moment Painting by Kevork Mourad at Carnegie Hall
Night Songs and Love Waltzes to Feature New Ricky Ian Gordon Song Set to Langston Hughes Poem and Premiere of Ted Sperling's Waltzes Suite Arrangement from Sondheim's A Little Night Music at Alice Tully Hall
New Adaptation of Lady in the Dark with Victoria Clark as Part of New York City Center's 75th Anniversary Season
New York, NY, September 11, 2018 - Ted Sperling, Artistic Director of MasterVoices, announced details of the acclaimed ensemble's 77th season, celebrating the power of the human voice to unite, inspire and connect since 1941. The upcoming season will be framed by two major musical events, the New York premiere of a multi-media version of Handel's oratorio Israel in Egypt performed at Carnegie Hall, and a new adaptation of the Kurt Weill-Ira Gershwin-Moss Hart avant-garde musical, Lady in the Dark, starring Victoria Clark at New York City Center. Lady in the Dark has not been seen in New York since it was presented at New York City Center in 1994 as part of the inaugural Encores! season.
Another season highlight will be Night Songs and Love Waltzes, an Alice Tully Hall program which will include songs by Fanny and Felix Mendelssohn, Clara and Robert Schumann, Franz Schubert, and Johannes Brahms, a song cycle by Ricky Ian Gordon set to poem by Langston Hughes, including the world premiere of a new song, and Waltzes Suite from A Little Night Music by Stephen Sondheim, in a new arrangement by Mr. Sperling.
Said Mr. Sperling, "This season our commitment to the art of musical storytelling is in full swing with works that illuminate the human condition across cultures, continents, and centuries. From the re-imagining of a biblical tale to the revival of a lost tradition and the remounting of a spectacular cult classic, our 130-voice chorus and world class soloists will be bringing to life the power of the human imagination at its most dynamic and most immediate. In collaboration with composers, librettists, visual artists, fashion designers and choreographers, we aim to create a new culture around choral concerts that remains true to the art form while opening the door to new audiences."