MASTERVOICES TO PRESENT NIGHT SONGS AND LOVE WALTZES, AN EVENING OF VOCAL AND PIANO WORKS MARCH 1, 2019 AT ALICE TULLY HALL
19th-Century Romantic German Song is Featured Alongside Ricky Ian Gordon’s Life is Love to Poems of Langston Hughes which includes a World Premiere Commission, and the New York Premiere of Ted Sperling’s Night Waltzes, A Choral Suite from Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music
Featured Soloists Include Singers Nicole Cabell, Kate Aldrich, Nicholas Phan, and Nmon Ford, and piano duo Anderson & Roe
New York, NY, January 28, 2019 — MasterVoices, led by its Artistic Director Ted Sperling, presents Night Songs and Love Waltzes, an evening of vocal and piano works on Friday, March 1, 2019 at 8:00 PM at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall. The ensemble’s second concert of the 2018–2019 season will feature MasterVoices’ 120 singers in a program including Johannes Brahms’ Liebeslieder Waltzes and songs by other Romantic-era composers, Felix Mendelssohn, Clara and Robert Schumann, and Franz Schubert; Ricky Ian Gordon’s Life Is Love, set to poems by Langston Hughes (new arrangements and a world premiere commissioned by MasterVoices); and the New York premiere of Ted Sperling’s Night Waltzes, his arrangements of selections from Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music.
A stellar quartet of vocalists — Nicole Cabell, Soprano, Kate Aldrich, Mezzo-Soprano, Nicholas Phan, Tenor, and Nmon Ford, Baritone – as well as renowned piano duo Anderson & Roe, cellists Peter Sachon and Mairi Dorman, and a horn quartet led by Zohar Schondorf, join MasterVoices. The program encompasses multiple configurations: vocal solos, duets, trios, and quartets, men’s chorus, women’s chorus, and the full MasterVoices chorus. Anderson & Roe will also perform piano instrumental works.
Commenting on the program, Ted Sperling said, “With Night Songs and Love Waltzes, we evoke a time when enjoying music at home meant you had to make it yourself — singing with friends, either a cappella or gathered around a piano, or joined by other musicians. I’ve wanted to program Brahms’ enchanting Liebeslieder Waltzes for a long time and we shaped the evening around this marvelous collection of short songs, which features soloists, chorus, and duo piano, inviting an outstanding roster of guest artists to make music with us. With songs by important Romantic-era composers, and works by contemporary geniuses Ricky Ian Gordon and Stephen Sondheim, interspersed with inspired piano pieces, we hope to create the sense of bonhomie that filled those long-gone salons.”