UNIQUE CHANCE TO SEE AND HEAR MASTERVOICES' NEW YORK PREMIERE OF MULTIMEDIA VERSION OF HANDEL’S ISRAEL IN EGYPT AT CARNEGIE HALL ON NOVEMBER 28 WITH FILM AND IN-THE-MOMENT PAINTING BY SYRIAN ARMENIAN ARTIST KEVORK MOURAD
New York, NY, November 13, 2018 – MasterVoices and its 150 choristers opens its 77th season on Wednesday, November 28 at 8 pm at Carnegie Hall when the ensemble’s Artistic Director Ted Sperling leads the New York premiere of a multi-media version of Handel’s Israel in Egypt. The timely oratorio of exile and displacement is reflecting the biblical account of the heroic flight of Israelites enslaved in Pharaonic Egypt and their crossing the Red Sea.
Syrian Armenian visual artist Kevork Mourad will create a combination of pre-composed film and in-the-moment paintings that bring a personal perspective to the work’s universal theme of displacement and the entrenched human instinct to return home, and that will be projected onto the walls of the concert hall. The evening will feature sopranos Mikaela Bennett and Jessica Niles, countertenor John Holiday, baritone Gregory Feldmann and bass-baritone Erik Van Heyningen, rising star tenor Andrew Stenson, as well as the period instrument ensemble New York Baroque Incorporated.
Kevork Mourad stated, “This story is very familiar to me because of my Armenian background. My ancestors were forced to leave their homes 100 years ago and were welcomed by Syrians. And now this has happened to the Syrians: almost half the population has been forced to leave their homes. The story of the Exodus is mirrored in the refugee crisis in the country of my birth, Syria, and many other countries around the world, where people are forced out of their homes due to violence and economic hardship. History is repeating itself, and the idea of finding a new home, the right to safety, is something that resonates with me, the descendant of refugees.”