The Gershwins’ Let ‘Em Eat Cake, A Musical Take on a Presidential Re-Election Gone Haywire, with Book by George S. Kaufman and Morrie Ryskind

New York Premiere of Iron & Coal, Jeremy Schonfeld’s Autobiographical Rock-Opera on Family, Survival and the Holocaust as part of the PROTOTYPE Festival

Sheldon Harnick’s English Translation of Bizet’s Carmen, in its Original Opéra Comique Version

A New MasterVoices Commission by Tariq Al-Sabir, along with Orff’s Carmina Burana, for the Company’s BRIDGES CONNECTING COMMUNITIES THROUGH MUSIC Project, in Collaboration with East Side House Settlement in the Bronx

New York, NY, August 19, 2019 — Ted Sperling, Artistic Director of MasterVoices, announced details of the acclaimed ensemble’s 78th season, celebrating the joy of choral singing and the power of the human voice to unite, inspire and connect since 1941. Highlights include three major musical presentations at top venues, including a New York premiere, and the World Premiere of a new work, commissioned by the Company. Throughout the season there will be collaborations with leading singers, artists, ensembles and organizations, some who are familiar with and others who are new to the Company.

MasterVoices’ upcoming season will begin at Carnegie Hall with the concert staging of a timely musical by the team of George and Ira Gershwin, George S. Kaufman and Morrie Ryskind. Created in 1933, Let ‘Em Eat Cake is a comic satire about a populist U.S. President who is voted out of office and stages a coup to regain power. The New York premiere of Iron & Coal, Jeremy Schonfeld’s multimedia rock-opera about his family’s experience in the Holocaust and its aftermath, will be staged at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater. In the spring the Company will present a concert staging of Bizet’s Carmen in its original Opéra Comique version, with an English translation by eminent Broadway lyricist Sheldon Harnick, at the Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall.

In May, MasterVoices will collaborate with the esteemed East Side House settlement in the South Bronx for its third BRIDGES project, a community-wide musical celebration of one of the world’s most renowned choral classics, Carmina Burana, paired with a new commission created especially for this partnership. The World Premiere of this new work, informed by Carmina and by members of the community, will be written by emerging composer Tariq Al-Sabir.

Said Mr. Sperling, “We continue our commitment to the art of musical storytelling with works that illuminate the human condition across diverse genres. From the Gershwins’ wink at Presidential politics, to an autobiographical journey rooted in the Holocaust and a beloved opera as translated by one of Broadway’s greatest wordsmiths, our 150–voice chorus and world class soloists will be bringing to life the human comedy with all its richness and contradictions. We are creating a new culture around choral concerts that remains true to the art form while opening the door to new audiences.”


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