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MASTERVOICES: ISRAEL IN EGYPT  | Open: 11/28/18 Close: 11/28/18
Israel in Egypt, Handel's oratorio about the Israelites' exodus from Egypt, takes on new resonance in this multimedia interpretation, adapted from LA Master Chorale's production. This performance features soloists alongside young artists in a collaboration with the Ellen and James S. Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts at Juilliard. Syrian-Armenian visual artist Kevork Mourad weaves together live paintings with pre-composed film that brings additional perspective to the work's themes of exile, displacement, and longing for home.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 | 8:00 PM 
Carnegie Hall, Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage

Tickets and more info available at https://www.mastervoices.org/events/israel-in-egypt-2

 

MasterVoices presents Babes in Toyland  | Open: 04/27/17 Close: 04/27/17
MasterVoices (formerly The Collegiate Chorale), closes its 75th anniversary season with Victor Herbert's Babes in Toyland on April 27, 2017 at 7pm at Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall (57th Street and 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10019). The production will be conducted by MasterVoices’ Artistic Director Ted Sperling and will feature the MasterVoices chorus, Kelli O’Hara, Bill Irwin, Lauren Worsham, and Christopher Fitzgerald, with Orchestra of St. Luke's.

 

 

A huge hit when it premiered in New York in 1903, Victor Herbert’s Babes in Toyland hasn’t seen a major revival in New York City in over 85 years. Full of glorious melodies, Babes in Toyland tells a story that is both amusing and scary: villainous Uncle Barnaby plots the deaths of his young niece and nephew, Alan and Jane, in order to gain their inheritance. After many twists and turns, the siblings, with the help of several Mother Goose characters, thwart his efforts and bring happiness back to Toyland. MasterVoices will present the original score in its full orchestration, including beloved songs “Toyland”, “March of the Toys”, and “I Can’t Do the Sum”, giving the audience a rare chance to experience this musical extravaganza afresh.

 

“Victor Herbert was by far the most popular and successful composer in America at the turn of the 20th Century - not just ‘Andrew Lloyd Webber successful,’ but ‘Beatles popular!’ His music for Babes in Toyland is widely considered among his very best, with familiar titles like “Toyland” and “March of the Toys”, and also stirring instrumental pieces to accompany shipwrecks, attacks by giant spiders, and the making of deadly potions. For MasterVoices’ revival, we are debuting several musical numbers that were cut on the road to Broadway. As James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim did many years later with Into the Woods, librettist Glen MacDonough and Victor Herbert invent two new characters, in this case the siblings Alan and Jane, as the protagonists who interact with familiar Mother Goose characters, including Contrary Mary, Tom-Tom the Piper’s Son, Jack and Jill, Little Bo-Peep, and Mother Hubbard.” – Ted Sperling, Artistic Director

Babes in Toyland tickets ($20-$150) are available at Carnegie Hall (carnegiehall.org | CarnegieCharge 212-247-7800 | Box Office at 57th and Seventh). MasterVoices Members are entitled to ticket discounts. For tickets and more information, visit mastervoices.org.

 

 

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

 

Ted Sperling is the artistic director of MasterVoices and principal conductor of the Westchester Philharmonic. Mr. Sperling won the 2005 Tony and Drama Desk Awards for his orchestrations of The Light in the Piazza, for which he was also music director. Other Broadway credits include the rapturously received revivals of Fiddler on the Roof, The King and I, and South Pacific; Guys and Dolls, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Full Monty, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, My Favorite Year, and Sunday in the Park with George. Off- Broadway credits include A Man of No Importance, A New Brain, Saturn Returns and Floyd Collins. Opera work includes two NYC premieres by composer Ricky Ian Gordon: 27 starring Stephanie Blythe, and The Grapes of Wrath, starring Nathan Gunn; Dido and Aeneas starring Kelli O’Hara and Victoria Clark; and La Voix Humaine starring Audra McDonald. Mr. Sperling’s work as a stage director includes the world premieres of The Other Josh Cohen, See What I Wanna SeeStriking 12, and Charlotte: Life? Or Theater?, as well as a revival of  Lady in the Dark. Recent gala performances include Show Boat with Vanessa Williams and Julian Ovenden, The Making of A Chorus Line with Zachary Quinto and Jonathan Groff, The Pirates of Penzance with Kevin Kline, Glenn Close and Martin Short, Cabaret with Anne Hathaway and Eddie Redmayne, Song of Norway with Judy Kaye, She Loves Me with Santino Fontana, and The Mikado with Christopher Fitzgerald. Mr. Sperling received the 2006 Ted Shen Family Foundation Award for leadership in the musical theater, headed the Music Theater Initiative at the Public Theater, and is Creative Director of the 24-Hour Musicals. For more, visit tedsperling.net.

 

MasterVoices (formerly The Collegiate Chorale) was founded in 1941 by the legendary American choral conductor Robert Shaw, and is currently under the artistic direction of Ted Sperling. For 75 years, the organization has presented varied programming, with emphasis in three areas: choral masterpieces, operas in concert, and musical theater. Choral classics performed by MasterVoices have included Bach’s St. Matthew Passion and St. John Passion, Brahms’ Requiem, Britten’s War Requiem, Fauré’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s The Creation, Mozart’s Requiem, Orff’s Carmina Burana, and Verdi’s Requiem. The company has presented several important premieres, including the U.S. premieres of Dvorak’s Dmitri and Handel’s Jupiter in Argos, and the NY premieres of Respighi’s La Fiamma, Glass’s The Juniper Tree, and Gordon’s The Grapes of Wrath. Other rarely heard operas presented in concert have included Bellini’s Beatrice di Tenda, Tchaikovsky’s Maid of Orleans, Rossini’s Moïse et Pharaon, and Joplin’s Treemonisha. Throughout its history, MasterVoices has specialized in presenting rarely heard works of musical theater and standard works with a fresh approach, including Bernstein’s A White House Cantata, Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado and The Pirates of Penzance, Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, and Weill’s The Firebrand of Florence, Knickerbocker Holiday, and the world premiere of a concert version of The Road of Promise.

MasterVoices has performed in prominent NYC concert halls, including Carnegie Hall, New York City Center, and Geffen Hall, under the batons of many esteemed conductors, including Serge Koussevitzky, Arturo Toscanini, Leonard Bernstein, James Levine, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, and Alan Gilbert. The company has also attracted many world-class soloists, including Bryn Terfel, René Pape, Stephanie Blythe, Deborah Voigt, Eric Owens, Thomas Hampson, Kelli O’Hara, Paulo Szot and Victoria Clark. Because of its reputation of excellence, MasterVoices has been hired to perform with many top orchestras over the years, including the NBC Symphony, The New York Philharmonic and The Israel Philharmonic, and has been invited to appear abroad, in Israel and at the Verbier and Salzburg festivals.

MasterVoices considers education and outreach to be important aspects of its work. Its Side-by-Side program offers gifted high school students the opportunity to rehearse and perform with guidance from singing members and professional artists in New York and abroad. Additionally, MasterVoices gives complimentary tickets to hundreds of high school students and seniors from New York each season, and invites young soloists to perform at top venues as a part of the Faith Geier Artist Initiative. In June 2016, MasterVoices launched “Bridges: Connecting Communities Through Music”, a new outreach program that provides people in a New York community the opportunity to come together to make music with MasterVoices, regardless of their abilities or backgrounds.

 

In August 2015, the organization transitioned from The Collegiate Chorale to MasterVoices, a name that better represents the current mission of the company as a performing arts organization that celebrates storytelling through the masterful voices of its chorus and world-class soloists, and the creative voices of composers, librettists, designers and directors. For more information, visit mastervoices.org. Connect with MasterVoices on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@mastervoicesny).

Orchestra of St. Luke’s (OSL) is one of America’s most versatile and distinguished orchestras, collaborating with the world’s greatest artists and performing approximately 80 concerts each year—including its Carnegie Hall Orchestra Series, Chamber Music Series at The Morgan Library & Museum and Brooklyn Museum, and summer residency at Caramoor Music Festival. In its 41-year history, OSL has commissioned more than 50 new works, has given more than 175 world, U.S., and New York City premieres; and has appeared on more than 100 recordings, including four Grammy Award winners and seven releases on its own label, St. Luke’s Collection. Pablo Heras-Casado is OSL’s principal conductor. OSL grew out of a chamber ensemble that began giving concerts at the Church of St. Luke in the Fields in Greenwich Village in 1974. Today, the 21 virtuoso artists of St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble make up OSL’s artistic core. OSL owns and operates The DiMenna Center for Classical Music in Midtown Manhattan, where it shares a building with the Baryshnikov Arts Center. The DiMenna Center is New York City’s premier venue for rehearsal, recording, and learning, having quickly gained a reputation for its superb acoustics, state-of-the-art facilities, and affordability. Since opening in 2011, The DiMenna Center has welcomed more than 100,000 visitors, including more than 400 ensembles and artists such as Renée Fleming, Susan Graham, Itzhak Perlman, Emanuel Ax, Joshua Bell, Valery Gergiev, James Levine, James Taylor, and Sting. OSL hosts hundreds of neighbors, families, and school children at its home each year for free community events. Through its Education & Community programs, OSL has introduced audiences across New York City to live classical music. OSL brings free chamber concerts to the five boroughs; offers free interactive music programs at The DiMenna Center; provides chamber music coaching for adult amateurs; and engages 10,000 public school students each year through its Free School Concerts. In 2013, OSL launched Youth Orchestra of St. Luke’s (YOSL), an intensive in- and after-school instrumental coaching program emphasizing musical excellence and social development, in partnership with community organizations and public schools in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood.

Kelli O’Hara has unequivocally established herself as one of Broadway’s great leading ladies. Her portrayal of Anna Leonowens in the critically acclaimed revival of The King and I garnered her the 2015 Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical, along with Drama League and Outer Critics nominations. Recently, Ms. O’Hara starred as Mrs. Darling in NBC’s live telecast of “Peter Pan” alongside Allison Williams and Christian Borle and made her Metropolitan Opera debut in The Merry Widow with Renee Fleming. Other Broadway credits include The Bridges of Madison County (Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League, OCC nominations), Nice Work If You Can Get It (Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League, OCC nominations), South Pacific (Tony, Drama Desk, OCC nominations), Pajama Game (Tony, Drama Desk, OCC nominations), The Light in the Piazza (Tony & Drama Desk nominations), Sweet Smell of SuccessFolliesDracula, and Jekyll & Hyde. Regional/Off Broadway credits include Far From Heaven (Playwrights Horizons and WTF), King Lear (Public Theater), Bells Are Ringing (City Center Encores), Sunday in the Park with George (Reprise), and My Life With Albertine (Playwright’s Horizons). Concerts span from Carnegie Hall to Capitol Hill. Film and television credits include Masters of SexSex & The City 2, Martin Scorsese’s The Key to ReservaBlue BloodsAlexander Hamilton, N3mbers, and the animated series Car Talk. She is a frequent performer on PBS’s live telecasts and the Kennedy Center Honors. Her solo albums, Always and Wonder in the World are available on Ghostlight Records.

 

Bill Irwin is an original member of Kraken and San Francisco's Pickle Family Circus, and his original works include “Fool Moon”, “Largely New York”, “The Harlequin Studies”, “Mr. Fox: A Rumination”, “The Happiness Lecture”, and “The Regard of Flight”. He was the Playwright-in-Residence for Signature Theatre in 2003-2004. His theatre credits include: Old Hats, Show Boat (SF Opera), Endgame, Bye Bye Birdie, Roundabout Theatre Company’s revival of Waiting for Godot (2009 Drama Desk Nomination), the Broadway/West End revival of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (2005 Tony Award, Helen Hayes Award), The Goat or Who is Sylvia, King Lear, Accidental Death of An Anarchist, 5-6-7-8 Dance!, Waiting For Godot at Lincoln Center, Scapin, The Tempest, Garden of Earthly Delights, Texts for Nothing, A Flea In Her Ear, The Seagull, A Man's A Man, 3 Cuckolds. His television credits include: PBS Great Performances: Bill Irwin, Clown Prince, 3rd Rock from the Sun, Northern Exposure, Sesame Street, Elmo's World, The Regard of Flight, Closing Ceremony of the 1996 Olympic Games, The Cosby Show, The Laramie Project, Subway Stories, Bette Midler: Mondo Beyondo, Law and Order, Life on Mars, A Gifted Man, CSI, The Good Wife, Lights Out, Monday Mornings, Law & Order: SVU, Elementary, Quarry, Sleepy Hollow and the new series Legion on FX. His film credits include: HBO’s Confirmation, Bastards, Interstellar, Identity Theft, Rachel Getting Married, Higher Ground, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Definitely, Maybe; Igby Goes Down, Lady in the Water, Dark Matter, Raving, Across The Universe, Popeye, Eight Men Out, Silent Tongue, Illuminata, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, My Blue Heaven, A New Life, Scenes from a Mall, and Stepping Out. Irwin’s awards include National Endowment for the Arts Choreographer's Fellowship, a Guggenheim, a Fulbright, and a MacArthur Fellowship.

 

Lauren Worsham is a Drama Desk Award-winning and Tony-nominated actress and singer. She was nominated for a Tony for originating the role of Phoebe in A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder (2014 Tony Award winner for Best Musical)Other favorite roles include Lisa in Dog Days at Montclair Peak Performances, Fort Worth Opera and LA Opera for director Robert Woodruff; Flora in Turn of the Screw at New York City Opera for Sam Buntrock; Amy in Where's Charley for Encores! at New York City Center for John Doyle; Cunegonde in New York City Opera’s Candide, and Olive in the first national tour of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. In addition to her work in theater and opera, Lauren performs frequently in concerts at such venues as Carnegie Hall, 54 Below, Caramoor, Merkin Hall, Oregon Bach Festival, Joe's Pub, Galapagos Art Space and New York City Opera's VOX Program. Lauren placed second in the Kurt Weill Foundation's Lotte Lenya competition. She is co-founder and executive director of the downtown opera company The Coterie, and is a founding member of the band Sky-Pony. For more, visit http://laurenworsham.com/.

 

Christopher Fitzgerald’s Broadway credits include Waitress (Tony nomination; Outer Critics’ Circle Award and Drama Desk Award winner for best featured actor in a musical), An Act of God, The Merchant of Venice, Finian’s Rainbow (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle nominations), Young Frankenstein (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle nominations), Wicked original cast, Amour (Drama Desk nomination), and Chicago. His Off-Broadway credits include The Winter’s Tale (Public), Gutenberg! The Musical! (Actors’ Playhouse), Observe the Sons of Ulster… (Lincoln Center), and Die Fledermaus (Metropolitan Opera). Fitzgerald starred opposite Steven Pasquale in DirecTV’s series Almost There. He starred in the film Girl Most Likely opposite Kristen Wiig, and in Max Mutchnick/David Cohan series Twins. He also guest starred on The Good Wife and NBC’s pilot Next Caller with Dane Cook. He makes recurring appearances on Godless for Netflix.

 

 

 

ADDITIONAL UPCOMING MASTERVOICES PERFORMANCES

 

St. John Passion

By Johann Sebastian Bach

Performed in a new English translation, with an audience sing-along component

Featuring Michael Slattery, Jesse Blumberg, Adam Lau, Jennifer Zetlan, Tamara Mumford, Ben Bliss, and Daniel Okulitch

MasterVoices, with New York Baroque Incorporated

Conducted by Ted Sperling

February 9, 2017 at 7pm

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall

Tickets ($20-$130) are available at: carnegiehall.org | CarnegieCharge 212-247-7800 | Box Office at 57th and Seventh).

 

Babes in Toyland at Tilles Center

MasterVoices will reprise Babes in Toyland

April 29, 2017 at Tilles Center for the Performing Arts at LIU Post, Brookville, NY

For more information and tickets, visit tillescenter.org.

 

Major funding for MasterVoices’ 2016-17 season has been generously provided by The Geier Foundation; the Howard Gilman Foundation; the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

 

 

MasterVoices presents Babes in Toyland  | Open: 04/27/17 Close: 04/27/17
MasterVoices

presents

Babes in Toyland

With Music by Victor Herbert and Libretto by Glen MacDonough

Featuring Kelli O’Hara, Bill Irwin, Christopher Fitzgerald,
Lauren Worsham, Jay Armstrong Johnson, Jonathan Freeman, Chris Sullivan, Jeffrey Schecter, Michael Kostroll, and Blair Brown

with MasterVoices and Orchestra of St. Luke's

Ted Sperling, Conductor and Director

Musical Staging by Andrew Palermo

Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 7pm

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall

 

MasterVoices (formerly The Collegiate Chorale), closes its 75th anniversary season with Victor Herbert's Babes in Toyland on April 27, 2017 at 7pm at Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall (57th Street and 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10019). The production will be conducted and directed by MasterVoices’ Artistic Director Ted Sperling and will feature Kelli O’Hara (Contrary Mary), Bill Irwin (Master Toymaker), Christopher Fitzgerald (Alan), Lauren Worsham (Jane), Jay Armstrong Johnson (Tom Tom), Jonathan Freeman (Uncle Barnaby), Chris Sullivan (Gonzorgo), Jeffrey Schecter (Roderigo), Michael Kostroff (Chief Inspector Marmaduke), and Blair Brown (The Narrator), with the 130 singers of MasterVoices and Orchestra of St. Luke's. Musical Staging by Andrew Palermo, Costume Consulting by Tracy Christensen, and Concert Adaptation by Joe Keenan and Ted Sperling.

 

A huge hit when it premiered in New York in 1903, Victor Herbert’s Babes in Toyland hasn’t seen a major revival in New York City in over 85 years. Full of glorious melodies, Babes in Toyland tells a story that is both amusing and scary: villainous Uncle Barnaby plots the deaths of his young niece and nephew, Alan and Jane, in order to gain their inheritance. After many twists and turns, the siblings, with the help of several Mother Goose characters, thwart his efforts and bring happiness back to Toyland. MasterVoices will present the original score in its full orchestration, including beloved songs “Toyland”, “March of the Toys”, and “I Can’t Do the Sum”, giving the audience a rare chance to experience this musical extravaganza afresh.

 

“Victor Herbert was by far the most popular and successful composer in America at the turn of the 20th Century - not just ‘Andrew Lloyd Webber successful,’ but ‘Beatles popular!’ His music for Babes in Toyland is widely considered among his very best, with familiar titles like “Toyland” and “March of the Toys”, and also stirring instrumental pieces to accompany shipwrecks, attacks by giant spiders, and the making of deadly potions. For MasterVoices’ revival, we are debuting several musical numbers that were cut on the road to Broadway. As James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim did many years later with Into the Woods, librettist Glen MacDonough and Victor Herbert invent two new characters, in this case the siblings Alan and Jane, as the protagonists who interact with familiar Mother Goose characters, including Contrary Mary, Tom-Tom the Piper’s Son, Jack and Jill, Little Bo-Peep, and Mother Hubbard.” – Ted Sperling, Artistic Director

Babes in Toyland tickets ($20-$150) are available at Carnegie Hall (carnegiehall.org | CarnegieCharge 212-247-7800 | Box Office at 57th and Seventh). For more information, visit mastervoices.org.

 

MasterVoices' Babes in Toyland is recommended for ages 8 and up.

 

 

 

 

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Ted Sperling is the artistic director of MasterVoices and principal conductor of the Westchester Philharmonic. Mr. Sperling won the 2005 Tony and Drama Desk Awards for his orchestrations of The Light in the Piazza, for which he was also music director. Other Broadway credits include the rapturously received revivals of Fiddler on the Roof, The King and I, and South Pacific; Guys and Dolls, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Full Monty, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, My Favorite Year, and Sunday in the Park with George. Off- Broadway credits include A Man of No Importance, A New Brain, Saturn Returns and Floyd Collins. Opera work includes two NYC premieres by composer Ricky Ian Gordon: 27 starring Stephanie Blythe, and The Grapes of Wrath, starring Nathan Gunn; Dido and Aeneas starring Kelli O’Hara and Victoria Clark; and La Voix Humaine starring Audra McDonald. Mr. Sperling’s work as a stage director includes the world premieres of The Other Josh Cohen, See What I Wanna SeeStriking 12, and Charlotte: Life? Or Theater?, as well as a revival of  Lady in the Dark. Recent gala performances include Show Boat with Vanessa Williams and Julian Ovenden, The Making of A Chorus Line with Zachary Quinto and Jonathan Groff, The Pirates of Penzance with Kevin Kline, Glenn Close and Martin Short, Cabaret with Anne Hathaway and Eddie Redmayne, Song of Norway with Judy Kaye, She Loves Me with Santino Fontana, and The Mikado with Christopher Fitzgerald. Mr. Sperling received the 2006 Ted Shen Family Foundation Award for leadership in the musical theater, headed the Music Theater Initiative at the Public Theater, and is Creative Director of the 24-Hour Musicals. For more, visit tedsperling.net.

 

MasterVoices (formerly The Collegiate Chorale) was founded in 1941 by the legendary American choral conductor Robert Shaw, and is currently under the artistic direction of Ted Sperling. For 75 years, the organization has presented varied programming, with emphasis in three areas: choral masterpieces, operas in concert, and musical theater. Choral classics performed by MasterVoices have included Bach’s St. Matthew Passion and St. John Passion, Brahms’ Requiem, Britten’s War Requiem, Fauré’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s The Creation, Mozart’s Requiem, Orff’s Carmina Burana, and Verdi’s Requiem. The company has presented several important premieres, including the U.S. premieres of Dvorak’s Dmitri and Handel’s Jupiter in Argos, and the NY premieres of Respighi’s La Fiamma, Glass’s The Juniper Tree, and Gordon’s The Grapes of Wrath. Other rarely heard operas presented in concert have included Bellini’s Beatrice di Tenda, Tchaikovsky’s Maid of Orleans, Rossini’s Moïse et Pharaon, and Joplin’s Treemonisha. Throughout its history, MasterVoices has specialized in presenting rarely heard works of musical theater and standard works with a fresh approach, including Bernstein’s A White House Cantata, Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado and The Pirates of Penzance, Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, and Weill’s The Firebrand of Florence, Knickerbocker Holiday, and the world premiere of a concert version of The Road of Promise.

MasterVoices has performed in prominent NYC concert halls, including Carnegie Hall, New York City Center, and Geffen Hall, under the batons of many esteemed conductors, including Serge Koussevitzky, Arturo Toscanini, Leonard Bernstein, James Levine, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, and Alan Gilbert. The company has also attracted many world-class soloists, including Bryn Terfel, René Pape, Stephanie Blythe, Deborah Voigt, Eric Owens, Thomas Hampson, Kelli O’Hara, Paulo Szot and Victoria Clark. Because of its reputation of excellence, MasterVoices has been hired to perform with many top orchestras over the years, including the NBC Symphony, The New York Philharmonic and The Israel Philharmonic, and has been invited to appear abroad, in Israel and at the Verbier and Salzburg festivals.

MasterVoices considers education and outreach to be important aspects of its work. Its Side-by-Side program offers gifted high school students the opportunity to rehearse and perform with guidance from singing members and professional artists in New York and abroad. Additionally, MasterVoices gives complimentary tickets to hundreds of high school students and seniors from New York each season, and invites young soloists to perform at top venues as a part of the Faith Geier Artist Initiative. In June 2016, MasterVoices launched “Bridges: Connecting Communities Through Music”, a new outreach program that provides people in a New York community the opportunity to come together to make music with MasterVoices, regardless of their abilities or backgrounds.

 

In August 2015, the organization transitioned from The Collegiate Chorale to MasterVoices, a name that better represents the current mission of the company as a performing arts organization that celebrates storytelling through the masterful voices of its chorus and world-class soloists, and the creative voices of composers, librettists, designers and directors. For more information, visit mastervoices.org. Connect with MasterVoices on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@mastervoicesny).

Orchestra of St. Luke’s (OSL) is one of America’s most versatile and distinguished orchestras, collaborating with the world’s greatest artists and performing approximately 80 concerts each year—including its Carnegie Hall Orchestra Series, Chamber Music Series at The Morgan Library & Museum and Brooklyn Museum, and summer residency at Caramoor Music Festival. In its 41-year history, OSL has commissioned more than 50 new works, has given more than 175 world, U.S., and New York City premieres; and has appeared on more than 100 recordings, including four Grammy Award winners and seven releases on its own label, St. Luke’s Collection. Pablo Heras-Casado is OSL’s principal conductor. OSL grew out of a chamber ensemble that began giving concerts at the Church of St. Luke in the Fields in Greenwich Village in 1974. Today, the 21 virtuoso artists of St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble make up OSL’s artistic core. OSL owns and operates The DiMenna Center for Classical Music in Midtown Manhattan, where it shares a building with the Baryshnikov Arts Center. The DiMenna Center is New York City’s premier venue for rehearsal, recording, and learning, having quickly gained a reputation for its superb acoustics, state-of-the-art facilities, and affordability. Since opening in 2011, The DiMenna Center has welcomed more than 100,000 visitors, including more than 400 ensembles and artists such as Renée Fleming, Susan Graham, Itzhak Perlman, Emanuel Ax, Joshua Bell, Valery Gergiev, James Levine, James Taylor, and Sting. OSL hosts hundreds of neighbors, families, and school children at its home each year for free community events. Through its Education & Community programs, OSL has introduced audiences across New York City to live classical music. OSL brings free chamber concerts to the five boroughs; offers free interactive music programs at The DiMenna Center; provides chamber music coaching for adult amateurs; and engages 10,000 public school students each year through its Free School Concerts. In 2013, OSL launched Youth Orchestra of St. Luke’s (YOSL), an intensive in- and after-school instrumental coaching program emphasizing musical excellence and social development, in partnership with community organizations and public schools in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood.

Kelli O’Hara has unequivocally established herself as one of Broadway’s great leading ladies. Her portrayal of Anna Leonowens in the critically acclaimed revival of The King and I garnered her the 2015 Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical, along with Drama League and Outer Critics nominations. Recently, Ms. O’Hara starred as Mrs. Darling in NBC’s live telecast of “Peter Pan” alongside Allison Williams and Christian Borle and made her Metropolitan Opera debut in The Merry Widow with Renee Fleming. Other Broadway credits include The Bridges of Madison County (Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League, OCC nominations), Nice Work If You Can Get It (Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League, OCC nominations), South Pacific (Tony, Drama Desk, OCC nominations), Pajama Game (Tony, Drama Desk, OCC nominations), The Light in the Piazza (Tony & Drama Desk nominations), Sweet Smell of SuccessFolliesDracula, and Jekyll & Hyde. Regional/Off Broadway credits include Far From Heaven (Playwrights Horizons and WTF), King Lear (Public Theater), Bells Are Ringing (City Center Encores), Sunday in the Park with George (Reprise), and My Life With Albertine (Playwright’s Horizons). Concerts span from Carnegie Hall to Capitol Hill. Film and television credits include Masters of SexSex & The City 2, Martin Scorsese’s The Key to ReservaBlue BloodsAlexander Hamilton, N3mbers, and the animated series Car Talk. She is a frequent performer on PBS’s live telecasts and the Kennedy Center Honors. Her solo albums, Always and Wonder in the World are available on Ghostlight Records. Kelli O’Hara has appeared with MasterVoices many times, most notably in Kurt Weill’s Knickerbocker Holiday (2011), Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado (2012), and Henry Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas (2016).

 

Bill Irwin is an original member of Kraken and San Francisco's Pickle Family Circus, and his original works include “Fool Moon”, “Largely New York”, “The Harlequin Studies”, “Mr. Fox: A Rumination”, “The Happiness Lecture”, and “The Regard of Flight”. He was the Playwright-in-Residence for Signature Theatre in 2003-2004. His theatre credits include: Old Hats, Show Boat (SF Opera), Endgame, Bye Bye Birdie, Roundabout Theatre Company’s revival of Waiting for Godot (2009 Drama Desk Nomination), the Broadway/West End revival of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (2005 Tony Award, Helen Hayes Award), The Goat or Who is Sylvia, King Lear, Accidental Death of An Anarchist, 5-6-7-8 Dance!, Waiting For Godot at Lincoln Center, Scapin, The Tempest, Garden of Earthly Delights, Texts for Nothing, A Flea In Her Ear, The Seagull, A Man's A Man, 3 Cuckolds. His television credits include: PBS Great Performances: Bill Irwin, Clown Prince, 3rd Rock from the Sun, Northern Exposure, Sesame Street, Elmo's World, The Regard of Flight, Closing Ceremony of the 1996 Olympic Games, The Cosby Show, The Laramie Project, Subway Stories, Bette Midler: Mondo Beyondo, Law and Order, Life on Mars, A Gifted Man, CSI, The Good Wife, Lights Out, Monday Mornings, Law & Order: SVU, Elementary, Quarry, Sleepy Hollow and the new series Legion on FX. His film credits include: HBO’s Confirmation, Bastards, Interstellar, Identity Theft, Rachel Getting Married, Higher Ground, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Definitely, Maybe; Igby Goes Down, Lady in the Water, Dark Matter, Raving, Across The Universe, Popeye, Eight Men Out, Silent Tongue, Illuminata, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, My Blue Heaven, A New Life, Scenes from a Mall, and Stepping Out. Irwin’s awards include National Endowment for the Arts Choreographer's Fellowship, a Guggenheim, a Fulbright, and a MacArthur Fellowship. Bill Irwin will make his MasterVoices’ debut in Babes in Toyland.

 

Christopher Fitzgerald’s Broadway credits include Waitress (Tony nomination; Outer Critics’ Circle Award and Drama Desk Award winner for best featured actor in a musical), An Act of God, The Merchant of Venice, Finian’s Rainbow (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle nominations), Young Frankenstein (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle nominations), Wicked original cast, Amour (Drama Desk nomination), and Chicago. His Off-Broadway credits include The Winter’s Tale (Public), Gutenberg! The Musical! (Actors’ Playhouse), Observe the Sons of Ulster… (Lincoln Center), and Die Fledermaus (Metropolitan Opera). Fitzgerald starred opposite Steven Pasquale in DirecTV’s series Almost There. He starred in the film Girl Most Likely opposite Kristen Wiig, and in Max Mutchnick/David Cohan series Twins. He also guest starred on The Good Wife and NBC’s pilot Next Caller with Dane Cook. He makes recurring appearances on Godless for Netflix. Christopher Fitzgerald has appeared with MasterVoices many times, most notably in Kurt Weill’s Knickerbocker Holiday (2011) and Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado (2012).

 

Lauren Worsham is a Drama Desk Award-winning and Tony-nominated actress and singer. She was nominated for a Tony for originating the role of Phoebe in A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder (2014 Tony Award winner for Best Musical)Other favorite roles include Lisa in Dog Days at Montclair Peak Performances, Fort Worth Opera and LA Opera for director Robert Woodruff; Flora in Turn of the Screw at New York City Opera for Sam Buntrock; Amy in Where's Charley for Encores! at New York City Center for John Doyle; Cunegonde in New York City Opera’s Candide, and Olive in the first national tour of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. In addition to her work in theater and opera, Lauren performs frequently in concerts at such venues as Carnegie Hall, 54 Below, Caramoor, Merkin Hall, Oregon Bach Festival, Joe's Pub, Galapagos Art Space and New York City Opera's VOX Program. Lauren placed second in the Kurt Weill Foundation's Lotte Lenya competition. She is co-founder and executive director of the downtown opera company The Coterie, and is a founding member of the band Sky-Pony. For more, visit http://laurenworsham.com/. Lauren Worsham has appeared with MasterVoices several times, most notably in Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado (2012) and Eric Idle and John Du Prez’s Not The Messiah (He’s a Very Naughty Boy) (2014).

 

Jay Armstrong Johnson can currently be seen on the ABC series “Quantico.” Broadway credits include the recent revival of On The Town, Hands On A HardbodyCatch Me If You Can, and Hair. Off-Broadway credits include Wild Animals You Should Know (MCC) and Working (Drama Desk Award; Prospect Theater Co.). Other New York credits include Candide (NYCO), Sweeney Todd (New York Philharmonic), and The Most Happy Fella (City Center Encores!).  Jay was in the First National Tour of A Chorus Line. Regional appearances include The Last Goodbye (The Old Globe), On The Town (Barrington Stage Co.), 42nd Street (MUNY), Hands On A Hardbody (La Jolla Playhouse), Pool Boy (Barrington Stage Co), and Hairspray (Weston Playhouse). Concert appearances include 35mm: A Musical Exhibition (on iTunes).  TV/Film appearances include Sex & the City 2 and Law & Order: SVU.  Jay made his solo cabaret debut at 54 Below last April; the live album is currently available on CD and iTunes. Jay Armstrong Johnson will make his MasterVoices’ debut in Babes in Toyland.

 

Jonathan Freeman is the voice of the evil vizier, Jafar, in Disney’s animated feature Aladdin. Broadway credits include Mary Poppins, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, The Producers, 42nd Street, On the Town, How to Succeed in Business…, Platinum, Sherlock Holmes (RSC) and She Love Me (Tony Award Nomination). Other NYC appearances include The Irish Repertory Theatre, The Manhattan Theatre Club, City Center Encores, and concert versions of Sail Away and The Mikado (MasterVoices) at Carnegie Hall. Regional appearances include The La Jolla Playhouse, Houston Grand Opera, Williamstown and Berkshire Theatre Festivals, and in Seattle Repertory Theatres. Television & Film appearances include The Hoax, The Ice Storm, Too Big to Fail (HBO), Law and Order, Shining Time Station (PBS), and Remember Wenn (AMC). Jonathan is proud to be part of the 2017 Oscar nominated documentary Life Animated, and can currently be seen on Broadway in Aladdin recreating his 1992 film role as Jafar.

 

Chris Sullivan has been seen on Broadway in Chicago, Nice Work If You Can Get It, and Lombardi. Off-Broadway credits include Hadestown, Mystery of Irma Vep (Jefferson Award nomination), and The Illusion. His national tours include Defending the Caveman. Select films include Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Live By Night, Morgan, and Imperium, and television appearance include This is Us, The Knick, and Stranger Things, among others. Chris Sullivan will make his MasterVoices’ debut in Babes in Toyland.

 

Jeffrey “Shecky” Schecter was last seen at City Center as “Carl” the “Mu Cha Cha boy” in Bells are Ringing. Most recently, Jeff co-starred as Mendel, “The Rabbi’s son” in Fiddler on the Roof. He has also appeared on Broadway in Nice Work If You Can Get It, A Chorus Line, Guys and Dolls, and Beauty and the Beast. His TV credits include The Good Fight, Braindead, Elementary, and Boardwalk Empire. Jeff is also the creator and artistic director of I CAN DO THAT NYC: Dance & Theater for Kids. Jeffrey Schecter will make his MasterVoices’ debut in Babes in Toyland.

 

Michael Kostroff was the original Thénardier in the recent 25thanniversary tour of Les Misérables. He previously toured with The Producers, understudying Max Bialystock, a role he’s since assailed seven times, most recently at Paper Mill Playhouse. Kostroff was also in Paper Mill’s Can-Can, Lend Me a Tenor and A Comedy of Tenors, Goodspeed’s Carnival, and Sacramento Music Circus’ Nice Work if You Can Get It. An established television actor, he’s best known for his five seasons on HBO's The Wire, his current role on Luke Cage, and his many guest appearances, including those on The Blacklist, The Good Wife, Louie, Banshee, Damages, Elementary, and Madam Secretary. He’s the author of Letters from Backstage and creator of the Audition Psych 101 workshop (auditionpsych101.com). Coming up, he’ll be seen in HBO’s Wizard of Lies and their new series, The Deuce, and in the Aaron Sorkin film, Molly’s Game.  Kostroff makes his MasterVoices’ debut in Babes in Toyland.

 

Blair Brown has been seen on Broadway in Copenhagen (Tony Award Winner), James Joyce’s The Dead, Cabaret, The Secret Rapture and The Threepenny Opera. Her Off-Broadway/regional credits include Mary Page Marlowe, Nikolai: The Others, The Clean House, Arcadia, The Tempest (McCarter Theatre), A Little Night Music (Kennedy Center), Humble Boy (MTC), Camino Real (Williamstown), My Life as a Fairy Tale (LCF), Comedy of Errors (NYSF), The Skin of Our Teeth (Old Globe), and seasons at Stratford-Ontario and Guthrie Theater. Film appearances include Speed of Thought, Dark Matter, The Sentinel, Dogville, Space Cowboys, The Astronaut’s Wife, Altered States, Continental Divide, Strapless, Stealing Home and A Flash of Green. TV credits include Orange Is The New Black, Elementary, Limitless, Forever, Person of Interest, The Affair, Fringe, The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd, (5 Emmy Nominations), ER, ED, The Ultimate Life, Kennedy, A Season in Purgatory, The Good Policeman, Hands of a Stranger, Follow the Stars Home, In His Life: The John Lennon Story, Convictions, Gifts of Love, To Walk Again: The Eddie Keating Jr, Story, Missing Parents, Majority Rules, Extremely Close Up, and Those Secrets, Space. Directing credits include Rosemary and I (Passage), Lovely Day (Play Co.), and A Feminine Ending (PCS). Brown has been the narrator of more than 50 documentary films and audio books. Blair makes her MasterVoices’ debut in Babes in Toyland.

 

Andrew Palermo’s choreographic credits include Allegiance (Broadway, Longacre Theatre and The Old Globe), Nickel Mines (Co-author/Director, The Duke on 42nd St/NYMF), The Other Josh Cohen (Paper Mill and Soho Playhouse), Kristin Chenoweth/Carnegie Hall, The Frank Loesser Songbook/New York Philharmonic (Lincoln Center), The Mikado (Carnegie Hall), Ace (The Old Globe, Cincinnati Playhouse, Repertory Theater of St. Louis), Miss Julie (Geffen Playhouse), Lyrics and Lyricists (92nd St. Y), Bright Lights, Big City (Prince Music Theater), Vices (Theatre Aspen), The Aluminum Show (international tour), Aida (Music Theater Wichita), Man of La Mancha (Sacramento Music Circus). Andrew has choreographed multi-million dollar industrials for Toyota, episodes of Comedy Central’s Stella, promos for Tracey Ullman’s State of the Union and commercials for Showtime Network and G-Shock watches. Along with Taye Diggs, Andrew is the Co-Founding Artistic Director of dre.dance, a contemporary dance company, as well as the Founding Artistic Director of The SpringSpace: A Broadband Theatre Lab.

 

ADDITIONAL UPCOMING MASTERVOICES PERFORMANCES

Babes in Toyland at Tilles Center

MasterVoices will reprise Babes in Toyland

April 29, 2017 at Tilles Center for the Performing Arts at LIU Post, Brookville, NY

For more information and tickets, visit tillescenter.org.

 

Major funding for MasterVoices’ Babes in Toyland has been generously provided by The Geier Foundation; the Howard Gilman Foundation; Frank and Mary Skillern, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

 

MasterVoices announces the release of the world premiere recording of The Road of Promise on Navona Records

 

MasterVoices (formerly The Collegiate Chorale) announces the release of the world premiere recording of Kurt Weill and Franz Werfel’s The Road of Promise on Navona Records. The recording captures the energy and vibrancy of MasterVoices’ live performances of The Road of Promise at Carnegie Hall on May 6 & 7, 2015, featuring soloists Anthony Dean Griffey, Mark Delavan, Ron Rifkin, Eli Tokash, AJ Glueckert, Lauren Michelle, Megan Marino, Justin Hopkins, Philip Cutlip, Michael Slattery, Sean Fallen, and Jose Pietri-Coimbre, MasterVoices, and Orchestra of St. Luke’s, led by Artistic Director Ted Sperling.

 

“We at MasterVoices are passionate fans of Kurt Weill’s music, and have been for a long time,” said Ted Sperling, Artistic Director of MasterVoices. “We have produced concerts of Knickerbocker Holiday and The Firebrand of Florence, and in 2011 we made a commercial recording of Knickerbocker Holiday, starring Kelli O’Hara and Victor Garber (Ghostlight/Sh-K-Boom Records). When the critical edition of The Road of Promise was finished, we felt it would be of great value to make the first recording of this work so that audiences around the globe, not just those in attendance at Carnegie Hall, will be able to hear it for years to come.”

 

The Road of Promise represents a concert adaptation of Kurt Weill’s 1937 opera-oratorio The Eternal Road, which premiered in New York City in 1937, and ran for 153 performances. Performed by MasterVoices (formerly The Collegiate Chorale), under the baton of conductor Ted Sperling, this pseudo-allegorical work was conceived by European Jewish emigrants in the US as an attempt to inform the American public about Adolf Hitler’s persecution of German Jews. The storyline is set in a synagogue on a night of fearful waiting during the “timeless night of Israel’s persecution.” The Rabbi comforts his congregation by recounting for them iconic stories from Jewish scripture. These biblical scenes unfold through spoken dialogue, arias, ensemble pieces, and a chorus, and bounces between the Rabbi’s ‘present day’ conversations with his congregants and dramatizations of different Torahic stories.

 

A particularly interesting aesthetic facet of The Road of Promise is the use of references to popular music in the dramatizations of these stories. Modern rhythms in “At the Mountain” from Act 1 and “Ruth the Moabite” from Act II, demonstrate the seemingly motivated choice by Weill to draw clear parallels between the plight suffered by Jews in biblical times to that endured in Nazi Germany. The work represents one of the few positive, sympathetic portrayals of Jews in opera or oratorio, from the seventeenth century to the present.

 

For more information and to preview the album, visit: http://navonarecords.com/catalog/nv6059/

 

To purchase the digital album, visit iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-road-of-promise-live/id1168768511

 

To purchase the CD, visit Amazon: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B01M687SES
 

ALBUM CREDITS

MasterVoices (formerly The Collegiate Chorale)

Orchestra of St. Luke’s

Ted Sperling, conductor

Ed Harsh, concert adaptation

Ludwig Lewisohn, William A. Drake, Charles Alan, and Kelley Rourke, English translations

Noam Sheriff, additional orchestrations

 

Anthony Dean Griffey, the Rabbi; Mark Delavan, Abraham/Moses; Ron Rifkin, the Adversary; Eli Tokash, the Thirteen-Year-Old Boy; AJ Glueckert, Jacob/Boaz/David/Isaiah/Hananiah; Lauren Michelle, Rachel/Soul of Moses/Naomi; Megan Marino, Miriam/Ruth; Justin Hopkins, the Dark Angel; Philip Cutlip, Joseph/Solomon/Jeremiah; Michael Slattery, the Voice; Sean Fallen, Angel #1; Jose Pietri-Coimbre, Angel #2

 

The recording of The Road of Promise was made possible by financial support from the Kurt Weill Foundation for Music. Additional funding was made possible by The National Endowment for the Arts, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, The Kaplen Foundation, The Nash Family Foundation, the David Berg Foundation, and the Eugene and Emily Grant Family Foundation.

 

Ted Sperling is the artistic director of MasterVoices and principal conductor of the Westchester Philharmonic. Mr. Sperling won the 2005 Tony and Drama Desk Awards for his orchestrations of The Light in the Piazza, for which he was also music director. Other Broadway credits include the rapturously received revivals of Fiddler on the Roof, The King and I, and South Pacific; Guys and Dolls, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Full Monty, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, My Favorite Year, and Sunday in the Park with George. Off- Broadway credits include A Man of No Importance, A New Brain, Saturn Returns and Floyd Collins. Opera work includes two NYC premieres by composer Ricky Ian Gordon: 27 starring Stephanie Blythe, and The Grapes of Wrath, starring Nathan Gunn; Dido and Aeneas starring Kelli O’Hara and Victoria Clark; and La Voix Humaine starring Audra McDonald. Mr. Sperling’s work as a stage director includes the world premieres of The Other Josh Cohen, See What I Wanna SeeStriking 12, and Charlotte: Life? Or Theater?, as well as a revival of  Lady in the Dark. Recent gala performances include Show Boat with Vanessa Williams and Julian Ovenden, The Making of A Chorus Line with Zachary Quinto and Jonathan Groff, The Pirates of Penzance with Kevin Kline, Glenn Close and Martin Short, Cabaret with Anne Hathaway and Eddie Redmayne, Song of Norway with Judy Kaye, She Loves Me with Santino Fontana, and The Mikado with Christopher Fitzgerald. Mr. Sperling received the 2006 Ted Shen Family Foundation Award for leadership in the musical theater, headed the Music Theater Initiative at the Public Theater, and is Creative Director of the 24-Hour Musicals. For more, visit tedsperling.net.

 

MasterVoices (formerly The Collegiate Chorale) was founded in 1941 by the legendary American choral conductor Robert Shaw, and is currently under the artistic direction of Ted Sperling. For 75 years, the organization has presented varied programming, with emphasis in three areas: choral masterpieces, operas in concert, and musical theater. Choral classics performed by MasterVoices have included Bach’s St. Matthew Passion and St. John Passion, Brahms’ Requiem, Britten’s War Requiem, Fauré’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s The Creation, Mozart’s Requiem, Orff’s Carmina Burana, and Verdi’s Requiem. The company has presented several important premieres, including the U.S. premieres of Dvorak’s Dmitri and Handel’s Jupiter in Argos, and the NY premieres of Respighi’s La Fiamma, Glass’s The Juniper Tree, and Gordon’s The Grapes of Wrath. Other rarely heard operas presented in concert have included Bellini’s Beatrice di Tenda, Tchaikovsky’s Maid of Orleans, Rossini’s Moïse et Pharaon, and Joplin’s Treemonisha. Throughout its history, MasterVoices has specialized in presenting rarely heard works of musical theater and standard works with a fresh approach, including Bernstein’s A White House Cantata, Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado and The Pirates of Penzance, Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, and Weill’s The Firebrand of Florence, Knickerbocker Holiday, and the world premiere of a concert version of The Road of Promise.

MasterVoices has performed in prominent NYC concert halls, including Carnegie Hall, New York City Center, and Geffen Hall, under the batons of many esteemed conductors, including Serge Koussevitzky, Arturo Toscanini, Leonard Bernstein, James Levine, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, and Alan Gilbert. The company has also attracted many world-class soloists, including Bryn Terfel, René Pape, Stephanie Blythe, Deborah Voigt, Eric Owens, Thomas Hampson, Kelli O’Hara, Paulo Szot and Victoria Clark. Because of its reputation of excellence, MasterVoices has been hired to perform with many top orchestras over the years, including the NBC Symphony, The New York Philharmonic and The Israel Philharmonic, and has been invited to appear abroad in Israel and at the Verbier and Salzburg festivals.

MasterVoices considers education and outreach to be important aspects of its work. Its Side-by-Side program offers gifted high school students the opportunity to rehearse and perform with guidance from singing members and professional artists in New York and abroad. Additionally, MasterVoices gives complimentary tickets to hundreds of high school students and seniors from New York each season, and invites young soloists to perform at top venues as a part of the Faith Geier Artist Initiative. In June 2016, MasterVoices launched “Bridges: Connecting Communities Through Music”, a new outreach program that provides people in a New York community with the opportunity to come together to make music with MasterVoices, regardless of their abilities or backgrounds.

 

In August 2015, the organization transitioned from The Collegiate Chorale to MasterVoices, a name that better represents the current mission of the company as a performing arts organization that celebrates storytelling through the masterful voices of its chorus and world-class soloists, and the creative voices of composers, librettists, designers and directors. For more information, visit mastervoices.org. Connect with MasterVoices on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@mastervoicesny).

Orchestra of St. Luke’s (OSL) is one of America’s most versatile and distinguished orchestras, collaborating with the world’s greatest artists and performing approximately 80 concerts each year—including its Carnegie Hall Orchestra Series, Chamber Music Series at The Morgan Library & Museum and Brooklyn Museum, and summer residency at Caramoor Music Festival. In its 41-year history, OSL has commissioned more than 50 new works, has given more than 175 world, U.S., and New York City premieres; and has appeared on more than 100 recordings, including four Grammy Award winners and seven releases on its own label, St. Luke’s Collection. Pablo Heras-Casado is OSL’s principal conductor. OSL grew out of a chamber ensemble that began giving concerts at the Church of St. Luke in the Fields in Greenwich Village in 1974. Today, the 21 virtuoso artists of St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble make up OSL’s artistic core. OSL owns and operates The DiMenna Center for Classical Music in Midtown Manhattan, where it shares a building with the Baryshnikov Arts Center. The DiMenna Center is New York City’s premier venue for rehearsal, recording, and learning, having quickly gained a reputation for its superb acoustics, state-of-the-art facilities, and affordability. Since opening in 2011, The DiMenna Center has welcomed more than 100,000 visitors, including more than 400 ensembles and artists such as Renée Fleming, Susan Graham, Itzhak Perlman, Emanuel Ax, Joshua Bell, Valery Gergiev, James Levine, James Taylor, and Sting. OSL hosts hundreds of neighbors, families, and school children at its home each year for free community events. Through its Education & Community programs, OSL has introduced audiences across New York City to live classical music. OSL brings free chamber concerts to the five boroughs; offers free interactive music programs at The DiMenna Center; provides chamber music coaching for adult amateurs; and engages 10,000 public school students each year through its Free School Concerts. In 2013, OSL launched Youth Orchestra of St. Luke’s (YOSL), an intensive in- and after-school instrumental coaching program emphasizing musical excellence and social development, in partnership with community organizations and public schools in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood.

 

 

MASTERVOICES’ 75TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON CONTINUES WITH:

 

St. John Passion

By Johann Sebastian Bach

Featuring Michael Slattery, Jesse Blumberg, Adam Lau, Latonia Moore, Tamara Mumford, Ben Bliss, and Daniel Okulitch

MasterVoices, with New York Baroque Incorporated

Conducted by Ted Sperling

February 9, 2017 at 7pm

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall

 

St. John Passion tickets ($20-$130) are available at Carnegie Hall (carnegiehall.org | CarnegieCharge 212-247-7800 | Box Office at 57th and Seventh).

 

Babes in Toyland
Music by Victor Herbert and libretto by Glen MacDonough

Featuring Kelli O’Hara, Bill Irwin, Lauren Worsham, and Christopher Fitzgerald

MasterVoices, with Orchestra of St. Luke's

Conducted by Ted Sperling

April 27, 2017 at 7pm

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall

 

Babes in Toyland tickets ($20-$150) are available at Carnegie Hall (carnegiehall.org | CarnegieCharge 212-247-7800 | Box Office at 57th and Seventh).

 

 

MASTERVOICES ABOUT TOWN:

 

MasterVoices will collaborate with American Lyric Theater and Tilles Center for the Performing Arts at LIU Post for additional appearances in the 2016-17 season.

 

The Life and Death(s) of Alan Turing

Concert of a new opera in development, with music by Justine F. Chen and libretto by David Simpatico

Presented by American Lyric Theater 

January 12, 2017 at Merkin Concert Hall

For more information and tickets, visit altnyc.org.

 

Babes in Toyland at Tilles Center

MasterVoices will reprise Babes in Toyland

April 29, 2017 at Tilles Center for the Performing Arts at LIU Post, Brookville, NY

For more information and tickets, visit tillescenter.org.

 

Major funding for MasterVoices’ 2016-17 season has been generously provided by The Geier Foundation; The Geoffrey C. Hughes Foundation; the Howard Gilman Foundation; the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; and The Ted and Mary Jo Shen Charitable Gift Fund.

 

New York, NY — National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Jane Chu has announced that The Collegiate Chorale is one of only 919 nonprofit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant. The Collegiate Chorale will receive a $30,000 grant in support of its May 2015 concert and CD recording of Kurt Weill and Franz Werfel's musical epic, The Road of Promise.

 

The Road of Promise is a new concert adaptation of Kurt Weill and Franz Werfel’s 1937 epic musical spectacle, The Eternal Road. A dramatic mix of opera, musical theater, and pageant play, The Road of Promise tells the story of a young boy left in the care of a Rabbi and his congregation in the wake of a pogrom. To calm the boy’s fears and help him understand his faith and heritage, the Rabbi recounts ancient biblical tales, and as he does, the stories of Abraham, Sarah, Jacob, Rachel, Moses, Ruth, Saul, and David all come to life. The Road of Promise will run from May 6-7, 2015 at Carnegie Hall. Tickets are $30-135 and go on sale January 8, 2015.

 

NEA Chairman Jane Chu said, "I'm pleased to be able to share the news of our support through Art Works including the award to The Collegiate Chorale. The arts foster value, connection, creativity and innovation for the American people and these recommended grants demonstrate those attributes and affirm that the arts are part of our everyday lives."

 

“We’re very honored to be receiving this grant for our production of The Road of Promise…it’s the first NEA grant that The Chorale has received, and we are so appreciative of the vote of confidence it represents in our tackling this very ambitious project. We are so excited to be bringing this piece of music drama to life in its new form, and to be documenting our live performances so this important piece can be enjoyed by listeners throughout the world.” – Ted Sperling, Artistic Director

 

Art Works grants support the creation of art, public engagement with art, lifelong learning in the arts, and enhancement of the livability of communities through the arts. The NEA received 1,474 eligible applications under the Art Works category, requesting more than $75 million in funding. Of those applications, 919 are recommended for grants for a total of $26.6 million.

 

For a complete listing of projects recommended for Art Works grant support, please visit the NEA website at arts.gov. Follow the conversation about this and other NEA funded projects on Twitter at #NEAFall2014.

 

The mission of The Collegiate Chorale is to enrich its audiences through innovative programming and exceptional performances of a broad range of vocal music featuring a premier choral ensemble.  Founded in 1941 by the legendary conductor Robert Shaw, The Chorale has established a preeminent reputation for its interpretations of the traditional choral repertoire, vocal works by American composers, and rarely heard operas-in-concert, as well as for commissions and premieres of new works by today’s most exciting creative artists.  The many guest artists with whom The Chorale has performed in recent years include: Stephanie Blythe, Victoria Clark, Nathan Gunn, Thomas Hampson, Angela Meade, Kelli O’Hara, Eric Owens, Rene Papé, Bryn Terfel and Deborah Voigt.  Last season’s highlights included Eric Owens, Arturo Chacón-Cruz, and Julianna Di Giacomo in Arrigo Boito’s Mefistofele at Carnegie Hall, and the New York premiere of David Lang’s battle hymns with members of the Veteran Artist Program and the Manhattan Girls Chorus at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.

 

For more information about The Collegiate Chorale, visit www.collegiatechorale.org.

 

The Collegiate Chorale’s 2014/2015 season opened with the NYC Premiere of Not the Messiah (He’s a Very Naughty Boy) in December at Carnegie Hall, featuring Eric Idle, Victoria Clark, Marc Kudisch, Lauren Worsham, and William Ferguson with Conductor/Director Ted Sperling and Orchestra of St. Luke’s.  In February 2015, the company will present Handel’s Susanna at Town Hall, featuring Isabel Leonard, Daniela Mack, Javier Abreu, and Zachary James with Conductor James Bagwell, Director Ted Sperling and Orchestra of St. Luke’s.  The season concludes with the US Premiere of The Road of Promise in May 2015 at Carnegie Hall, featuring Anthony Dean Griffey, Mark Delavan, Philip Cutlip, Lauren Michelle, Megan Marino, and Justin Hopkins with Conductor/Director Ted Sperling and Orchestra of St. Luke’s.

 

The Collegiate Chorale presents the New York City premiere of Eric Idle and John Du Prez’s Not The Messiah (He’s a Very Naughty Boy) at Carnegie Hall, December 15-16, 2014 at 8pm.  Tickets start at $30 and are available at www.carnegiehall.org, by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800, or at the Box Office at 57th and Seventh.

 

From the creators for the hit Broadway musical Spamalot, Not The Messiah (He’s a Very Naughty Boy) is a comic oratorio based on Monty Python’s movie The Life of Brian.  Described by Eric Idle as “Baroque-N-Roll,” Not The Messiah features a lively pastiche of musical styles ranging from pop, country, and Broadway to doo-wop, hip hop, and Greek chorus. Hit songs include “Hail to the Shoe,” “We Love Sheep,” and the audience favorite and sing-along “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life.”

 

Not the Messiah will feature Eric Idle, Victoria Clark, Marc Kudisch, Lauren Worsham, and William Ferguson with Conductor/Director Ted Sperling and Orchestra of St. Luke’s.

 

“I’m delighted to be working with Orchestra of St. Luke’s,” said Ted Sperling, artistic director of The Collegiate Chorale. “We have had the pleasure of working together at the Caramoor Festival recently, and I could tell immediately that they started as a chamber music group. The level of care and responsibility that each musician takes in bringing the performance to life is striking, and the way the musicians communicate within the group is more typical of a string quartet than an orchestra. OSL plays with a vitality and sense of style that is a joy for a conductor… the inspiration flows in both directions.”

 

In addition to the concert, The Collegiate Chorale will host its annual Fall Gala on December 15. For more information on the Gala, please call 646-435-9052.

 

 

Eric Idle is an English comedian, actor, author, singer, playwright, and songwriter.  Idle is the co-creator of Monty Python as seen on TV, stage and in five films, including The Life of Brian and The Holy Grail.  Idle wrote the book and the lyrics and adapted the latter for the stage as Spamalot, which won the Tony Award for Best Musical in 2005, a Grammy, a Drama Desk Award, and ran for almost five years on Broadway.  Creator of The Rutles, he starred as Ko-Ko in the English National Opera version of The Mikado, in London and Houston, and appeared last year in The Pirates of Penzance in Central Park directed by Collegiate Chorale Artistic Director Ted Sperling. He is also one of the conceivers of the musical Seussical.  He appeared live in front of a billion people worldwide singing his song Always Look On the Bright Side of Life at the Closing Ceremony of the London Olympics.  His musical play What About Dick? stars Eric with Eddie Izzard, Russell Brand, Billy Connolly, Tracey Ullman, Jane Leeves, and Tim Curry and is available for download  at Whataboutdick.com.  He has written two novels and The Greedy Bastard Diary, and has also appeared in several movies, such as Nuns On the Run, Casper, Shrek The Third, and The Adventures of Baron Munchhausen.  He has spent the last year working on The final Monty Python reunion show One Down Five To Go at London’s O2.  He wrote Not The Messiah (He’s a Very Naughty Boy, with John Du Prez in 2007, and has played it in Toronto, Sydney, Auckland, Wolf Trap, and The Hollywood Bowl, as well as filming it live at The Royal Albert Hall. It was The Collegiate Chorale that formed the chorus performing Not The Messiah at the Caramoor Festival in 2007, so he is very excited to have the chance to work with them again.  Further details at EricIdle.com or https://twitter.com/EricIdle.

 

John Du Prez is a musician and composer best known as a past member of 1980's multi-hit New Wave Salsa group Modern Romance (1981-83). The band achieved eight top-forty hits and two hit albums and John - who played trumpet with Modern Romance - even had a song named after him: 'Who Is John Du Prez?', the b-side to the group's hit 'Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White'. John quit the band in 1984 and concentrated on composing music scores for films like the Rob Lowe vehicle, Oxford Blues (1984), A Fish Called Wanda (1988), and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990). He has since collaborated with ex- Modern Romance frontman David Jaymes a number of times, most notably on the feature film Fascination (2004), and their single 'Best Years of Our Lives' featured in Shrek (2001). John is friend to Eric Idle and has worked with him on numerous Monty Python projects including Life of Brian (1979) and The Meaning of Life (1983). He and Eric wrote and performed the song 'Really Nice Day' in the animated movie The Wild (2006).

 

Victoria Clark maintains one of the most diverse performing careers of any artist living today, equally at home in plays, musicals, film, television, and the concert stage. Clark received Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards, as well as a Drama League honor for her luminous portrayal of protective but domineering mother Margaret Johnson in the critically-acclaimed Craig Lucas-Adam Guettel musical The Light in the Piazza in 2005. Her virtuoso performance in the Lincoln Center Production of the Tony Award-winning musical has made her a favorite among audiences and critics, including The New York Times’ Ben Brantley, who called Clark’s work in Piazza "the best musical performance by an actress this season."

 

Acclaimed for his versatility in both opera and concert, William Ferguson is acknowledged as one of today’s most promising young artists. A native of Richmond, Virginia, Ferguson recently joined the roster of The Metropolitan Opera. He made his debut with the Santa Fe Opera as Caliban in the North American premiere of Thomas Adès’ The Tempest and his debut with Opera Australia as Truffaldino in a new production of The Love for Three Oranges conducted by Richard Hickox and recorded for Chandos. Recent engagements include performances with the Marilyn Horne Foundation, his debut with Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival, and with Orchestra of St. Luke’s. He made his debut with Philadelphia Opera as Pang (Turandot), his debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra in Orff’s Carmina Burana, and sang Caliban at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam.

 

Actor Marc Kudisch began his New York career in the national tour of Bye Bye Birdie (Conrad Birdie), and later reprised the role in the 1995 ABC TV movie remake starring Jason Alexander and Vanessa Williams.  Kudisch's Broadway credits include Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Reuben), Beauty and the Beast (Gaston), High Society (George Kittredge), The Scarlet Pimpernel (Chauvelin), Michael John LaChiusa's The Wild Party at the Public Theater (Jackie), Bells Are Ringing (Jeff Moss), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Trevor Graydon), Assassins (The Proprietor), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Baron Bomburst), and Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5 (Franklin Hart Jr.).  He has been nominated for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for his roles in 9 to 5 (2009), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (2005) and Thoroughly Modern Millie (2002), as well as the Outer Critics Circle Award, and the Drama Desk Award.

 

Lauren Worsham is a Drama Desk Award-winning actress and singer currently appearing on Broadway in A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder (2014 Tony Award winner for Best Musical). Other favorite roles include Lisa in Dog Days at Montclair Peak Performances (dir. Robert Woodruff), Flora in Turn of the Screw at New York City Opera (dir. Sam Buntrock), Amy in Where's Charley at New York City Center (dir. John Doyle), Cunegonde in New York City Opera's Candide, and Olive in the first National tour of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Other credits include La Perichole at New York City Opera, Carnival (Cinderella) at Goodspeed Opera House, Into the Woods at Kansas City Rep, Master Class (Sophie) at Paper Mill Playhouse, The Light in the Piazza at Weston Playhouse (Clara) and The Fantasticks (Luisa) at Emelin Theatre. She is the recipient of a 2014 Drama Desk and a 2014 Theatre World Award for her performance in Gentleman's Guide.

 

One of today's leading musical artists, Ted Sperling is a director, music director, arranger, orchestrator, conductor, singer, pianist and violinist.  Mr. Sperling won the 2005 Tony and Drama Desk Awards (with Adam Guettel and Bruce Coughlin) for his orchestrations of The Light in the Piazza, for which he was also music director. Other Broadway credits as music director/conductor/ pianist include the Tony Award-winning revival of South Pacific and recent revival of Guys and Dolls, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Full Monty, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Angels in America, My Favorite Year, Falsettos, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Les Misérables, Roza, and Sunday in the Park with George. Mr. Sperling was also an original cast member of the Broadway musical Titanic. Mr. Sperling has an active concert career, working with singers Audra McDonald, Victoria Clark, Patti LuPone, Kelli O’Hara, Nathan Gunn, Paulo Szot, and Deborah Voigt.  Recently appointed the Artistic Director of The Collegiate Chorale, Mr. Sperling’s projects with the ensemble have included concert performances of The Firebrand of Florence (Conductor, 2009), The Grapes of Wrath (Conductor, 2010), Knickerbocker Holiday (Director, 2011), “Something Wonderful” (A Broadway Evening with Deborah Voigt Conductor/Director, 2011), The Mikado (Conductor/Director, 2012) and Song of Norway (Conductor/Director, 2013).

 

About Orchestra of St. Luke’s
Or­chestra of St. Luke’s (OSL) is one of America’s foremost and most versatile orchestras, collaborating with the world’s greatest artists and performing approximately 70 concerts each year—including its Carnegie Hall Orchestra Series, Chamber Music Series at The Morgan Library & Museum and Brooklyn Museum, and summer residency at Caramoor Music Festival. OSL has commissioned more than 50 new works, including four this season; has given more than 170 world, U.S., and New York City premieres; and appears on more than 100 recordings, including four Grammy Award winners and seven releases on its own label, St. Luke’s Collection. Pablo Heras-Casado, named 2014 Conductor of the Year by Musical America, is OSL’s principal conductor.

 

Celebrating its 40th anniversary this season, OSL began as a chamber ensemble based at The Church of St. Luke in the Fields in Greenwich Village. Today, St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble consists of 21 virtuoso artists who perform a diverse repertoire and make up OSL’s artistic core.

 

OSL owns and operates The DiMenna Center for Classical Music in Midtown Manhattan, where it shares a building with the Baryshnikov Arts Center. The DiMenna Center is New York City’s premier venue for rehearsal, recording, and learning, having quickly gained a reputation for its superb acoustics, state-of-the-art facilities, and affordability. Since opening in 2011, The DiMenna Center has welcomed more than 50,000 visitors, including more than 300 ensembles and artists such as Renée Fleming, Susan Graham, Itzhak Perlman, Emanuel Ax, Joshua Bell, Valery Gergiev, James Levine, James Taylor, and Sting. OSL hosts hundreds of neighbors, families, and school children at its home each year for free community events.


Through its Community & Education programs, OSL has introduced audiences across New York City to live classical music. OSL brings free chamber concerts to the five boroughs; offers free, interactive events at The DiMenna Center; provides chamber music coaching for adults; and engages 10,000 public school students each year through its Free School Concerts. In 2013, OSL launched Youth Orchestra of St. Luke’s (YOSL), an intensive in- and after-school instrumental coaching program emphasizing musical excellence and social development, in partnership with Police Athletic League (PAL) and public schools in the Clinton / Hudson Yards neighborhood.

 

For more information, visit OSLmusic.org.

 

The mission of The Collegiate Chorale is to enrich its audiences through innovative programming and exceptional performances of a broad range of vocal music featuring a premier choral ensemble.  Founded in 1941 by the legendary conductor Robert Shaw, The Chorale has established a preeminent reputation for its interpretations of the traditional choral repertoire, vocal works by American composers, and rarely heard operas-in-concert, as well as for commissions and premieres of new works by today’s most exciting creative artists.  The many guest artists with whom The Chorale has performed in recent years include: Stephanie Blythe, Victoria Clark, Nathan Gunn, Thomas Hampson, Angela Meade, Kelli O’Hara, Eric Owens, Rene Papé, Bryn Terfel and Deborah Voigt.  Last season’s highlights included Eric Owens, Arturo Chacón-Cruz, and Julianna Di Giacomo in Arrigo Boito’s Mefistofele with the Manhattan Girls Chorus and the American Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, and the New York premiere of David Lang’s battle hymns with members of the Veteran Artist Program and the Manhattan Girls Chorus at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.

 

The Collegiate Chorale’s 2014-15 season continues with:

 

Susanna

February 3, 2015 at 8pm at Town Hall; tickets $30-95

Featuring Isabel Leonard, Daniela Mack, Javier Abreu, and Zachary James with Conductor James Bagwell, Director Ted Sperling, and Orchestra of St. Luke’s.

 

Bridging the genres of oratorio and ballad opera, Handel’s intriguing Susanna originally premiered at Covent Garden in 1749. Based on an Apocryphal chapter from the biblical Book of Daniel, Susanna tells the story of a virtuous young woman who is falsely accused of sexual promiscuity by two lecherous elders. Aided by the boy prophet Daniel, the true nature of the elders is exposed and Susanna is proven innocent. Tickets on sale November 6, 2014.

 

The Road of Promise

May 6, 2015 at 8pm and May 7, 2015 at 7pm at Carnegie Hall; tickets $30-135

Featuring Anthony Dean Griffey, Danny Burstein, Mark Delavan, Philip Cutlip, Lauren Michelle, Justin Hopkins, Megan Marino, and Sean Panikkar with Conductor/Director Ted Sperling and Orchestra of St. Luke’s.

 

The Road of Promise is a new concert adaptation of Kurt Weill and Franz Werfel’s 1937 epic musical spectacle, The Eternal Road. A dramatic mix of opera, musical theater, and biblical pageant play, The Road of Promise tells the story of a young boy left in the care of a Rabbi and his congregation in the wake of a pogrom. To calm the boy’s fears and help him understand his faith and heritage, the Rabbi recounts ancient biblical tales, and as he does, the stories of Abraham, Sarah, Jacob, Rachel, Moses, Ruth, Saul, and David all come to life.  Tickets on sale January 8, 2015.

 

For more information about The Collegiate Chorale, visit www.collegiatechorale.org.

 

NOT THE MESSIAH (He's a Very Naughty Boy)” is presented through special arrangement with, and all authorized performance materials are supplied by, Theatrical Rights Worldwide (TRW), 570 Seventh Avenue, Suite 2100, New York, NY 10018. (866) 378-9758 www.theatricalrights.com 

A Charlie Brown Christmas  | Open: 12/21/13 Close: 12/21/13
On Saturday, December 21 at 2:00PM in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute presents A Charlie Brown Christmas in a special holiday Family Concert with The New York Pops and Music Director Steven Reineke. This staged concert version of Charles M. Schulz’s iconic television special brings the beloved Peanuts characters to life through special choreography performed by dancers from New York Theatre Ballet, with director and choreographer Liza Gennaro, and child actors from TADA! Youth Theater. Tony Award nominee John Tartaglia (Avenue Q, Sesame Street) narrates the heart-warming story, underscored by the music of Vince Guaraldi, performed by The New York Pops and Judith Clurman’s Essential Voices USA.

 

PROGRAM INFORMATION


Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 2:00PM at Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage


CARNEGIE HALL FAMILY CONCERT: A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS


The New York Pops: Steven Reineke, Music Director and Conductor


John Tartaglia, Host


New York Theatre Ballet: Diana Byer, Artistic Director; Liza Gennaro, Director and Choreographer;

Carmina de Dios, Costume Designer


TADA! Youth Theater: Janine Nina Trevens, Executive and Artistic Director


Essential Voices USA: Judith Clurman, Music Director and Conductor

 

TICKETS

Concert tickets are $10, $16, or $22. Purchases can be made at the Carnegie Hall Box Office (57th Street and 7th Avenue) or by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800. Visit www.carnegiehall.org for more information.

 

The Collegiate Chorale Presents Mefistofele  | Open: 11/06/13 Close: 11/06/13
The Collegiate Chorale announces its first concert of the season, Mefistofele, by Arrigo Boito on November 6, 2013 at 8pm at Carnegie Hall, 881 7th Avenue, NYC.  Tickets will be available for sale on September 16 at www.carnegiehall.org or by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800. Single tickets for this concert start at $15. The Collegiate Chorale will hold its Annual Fall Gala immediately following the concert.  (For more information or tickets to the Gala, please contact Mariane Lemieux at mlemieux@collegiatechorale.org or 646-435-9052.)

Best known as the librettist for Verdi’s Otello and Falstaff, Boito was also a composer and completed one opera, Mefistofele, based on the legend of Faust.  He titled it after the character that truly drives the action: Mefistofele, the devil himself.  Featuring bass-baritone Eric Owens in the title role, Arturo Chacón-Cruz as Faust, and soprano Julianna Di Giacomo as both Margarita and Helen of Troy, and with the combined forces of The Collegiate Chorale and Manhattan Girl’s Chorus depicting sorcerers, witches, will-o-the-wisps, ancient Greek nymphs, penitents, and cherubim, this performance will provide heavenly music and devilish good fun.  Mefistofele has not been heard in New York since 2000.  James Bagwell will conduct. 


About the Company: The Collegiate Chorale

The mission of The Collegiate Chorale is to enrich its audiences through innovative programming and exceptional performances of a broad range of vocal music featuring a premier choral ensemble. Inherent in its mission is The Chorale's belief that choral music is a compelling collaboration that creates a powerful, shared experience unifying listeners and musicians of all backgrounds, beliefs and ages.

The Collegiate Chorale, among New York's foremost vocal ensembles, has added to the richness of the city's cultural fabric for more than 65 years.  Founded in 1941 by the legendary conductor Robert Shaw, The Chorale has established a preeminent reputation for its interpretations of the traditional choral repertoire, vocal works by American composers, and rarely heard operas-in-concert, as well as commissions and premieres of new works by today's most exciting creative artists.  In the summer of 2009, The Chorale performed for a fourth season at Switzerland's Verbier Music Festivaland in July 2008 toured with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under Zubin Mehta in Tel Aviv, Haifa, and Jerusalem.  This season, The Chorale presented the world premiere two-act concert version of Ricky Ian Gordon's opera The Grapes of Wrath at Carnegie Hall to great critical acclaim.  The mission of The Collegiate Chorale, led by Music Director James Bagwell, is to enrich its audiences through innovative programming and exceptional performances of a broad range of vocal music featuring a premier choral ensemble.

The Collegiate Chorale's 2013 Annual Fall Gala  | Open: 11/06/13 Close: 11/06/13
The devil is coming to Carnegie Hall and he has a heavenly voice! Eric Owens will star in the title role of Arrigo Boito’s Mefistofele on the occasion of The Collegiate Chorale’s 2013 Annual Fall Gala on November 6, 2013 at 6pm at Carnegie Hall, 154 West 57th Street, NYC.  The festive Gala evening will honor Directors Emeriti Anna M. and William H. Mann for over ten years of dedicated and inspired Board service.

 

The evening will start at 6pm with a cocktail reception in Carnegie Hall’s Rose Museum, followed by a seated dinner in the Rohatyn Room.  The concert performance of Arrigo Boito’s Mefistofele will start at 8pm in the Stern Auditorium with the dashing Arturo Chacón-Cruz as Faust, the heavenly Julianna di Giacomo as Margherita, and the great bass-baritone Eric Owens as Mefistofele. A dessert buffet will be served during intermission.  Attire is festive and Gala tickets are available from $1,000 to $2,500 while tables range from $10,000 to $25,000.  For more information, please email Mariane Lemieux at mlemieux@collegiatechorale.org or call 646-435-9052.

 

ANNA M. and WILLIAM H. MANN

The evening will honor our special friends and extraordinary Directors Emeriti Anna and William Mann, for over 10 years of inspired Board leadership. Their rare combination of charm, intelligence, connoisseurship, generosity and engagement has benefited The Chorale in ways great and small. As Board Vice Chairs since 2008 they have mindfully led by example and been a vital force in our organizational growth. We celebrate them for their warmth and wisdom, for their great contributions to The Chorale's institutional strength, and for sharing with us their profound knowledge and love for the choral repertoire, opera and every other sort of beautiful music. Anna and William Mann will be present at the benefit evening to accept the honor.

 

GALA CO-CHAIRS

Rima Ayas and Ronald Moore, Susan Baker and Michael Lynch, Philip Geier and Julie Weindling, Antonia and George Grumbach, and James and Kathryn Murdoch will co-chair the event. 

 

MEFISTOFELE

Arrigo Boito based his only completed opera on the legend of Faust, but titled after the character that truly drives the action: Mefistofele, the devil himself.  And what a devil we have in great bass-baritone Eric Owens who will make his debut in the role. The dashing Arturo Chacón-Cruz and the heavenly Julianna di Giacomo will star as Faust and Margherita. In Mefistofele, good triumphs over evil in just over two hours of ravishing music. The combined forces of The Collegiate Chorale and Manhattan Girls Chorus depicting sorcerers, witches, ancient Greek nymphs, and cherubim, the thrilling musical fireworks of the soloists, and the impressive American Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Maestro James Bagwell will provide a spectacular evening of heavenly music and devilish good fun.

The mission of The Collegiate Chorale is to enrich its audiences through innovative programming and exceptional performances of a broad range of vocal music featuring a premier choral ensemble.  Founded in 1941 by the legendary conductor Robert Shaw, The Chorale has established a preeminent reputation for its interpretations of the traditional choral repertoire, vocal works by American composers, and rarely heard operas-in-concert, as well as for commissions and premieres of new works by today’s most exciting creative artists. 

 

For more information about this concert and The Collegiate Chorale, visit www.collegiatechorale.org.  For information on the Fall Gala, please visit http://collegiatechorale.org/support/special-events.


About the Company: The Collegiate Chorale

The mission of The Collegiate Chorale is to enrich its audiences through innovative programming and exceptional performances of a broad range of vocal music featuring a premier choral ensemble. Inherent in its mission is The Chorale's belief that choral music is a compelling collaboration that creates a powerful, shared experience unifying listeners and musicians of all backgrounds, beliefs and ages.

The Collegiate Chorale, among New York's foremost vocal ensembles, has added to the richness of the city's cultural fabric for more than 65 years.  Founded in 1941 by the legendary conductor Robert Shaw, The Chorale has established a preeminent reputation for its interpretations of the traditional choral repertoire, vocal works by American composers, and rarely heard operas-in-concert, as well as commissions and premieres of new works by today's most exciting creative artists.  In the summer of 2009, The Chorale performed for a fourth season at Switzerland's Verbier Music Festivaland in July 2008 toured with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under Zubin Mehta in Tel Aviv, Haifa, and Jerusalem.  This season, The Chorale presented the world premiere two-act concert version of Ricky Ian Gordon's opera The Grapes of Wrath at Carnegie Hall to great critical acclaim.  The mission of The Collegiate Chorale, led by Music Director James Bagwell, is to enrich its audiences through innovative programming and exceptional performances of a broad range of vocal music featuring a premier choral ensemble.

Song Of Norway  | Open: 04/30/13 Close: 04/30/13
The Collegiate Chorale announces Song of Norway by Robert Wright and George Forrest on April 30, 2013 at 6:30pm at Carnegie Hall, 881 7th Avenue, NYC. Tickets are on sale at www.carnegiehall.org. Single tickets for this concert start at $25.

Song of Norway is an operetta/musical by Robert Wright and George Forrest, creators of Kismet.  Set in 1860, it tells the story of composer Edvard Grieg as a young man, dreaming of international fame and fortune, but after achieving it under the patronage of a famous Italian prima donna, he comes to realize where his heart and true creativity lie, and returns to his two loves: childhood sweetheart Nina and his home in Troldhaugen, Norway. Ted Sperling conducts and directs a showcase of Broadway talent and the beautiful music of Grieg in this rare offering, followed by The Chorale’s Spring Benefit and Live Auction.

Song of Norway by Robert Wright and George Forrest (music of Edvard Grieg). Featuring Broadway stars Jason Danieley, Alexandra Silber, Santino Fontana, Walter Charles, Marni Nixon, David Garrison and Judy Kaye with Tom Gold Dance and American Symphony Orchestra. Ted Sperling, Conductor and Director.

For more information, visit www.collegiatechorale.org.

The Collegiate Chorale’s 2013 Spring Benefit  | Open: 04/15/13 Close: 04/15/13
The Collegiate Chorale announces its 2013 Spring Benefit honoring the Verbier Festival on April 30, 2013 at 6:00pm at Carnegie Hall, 154 West 57th Street, NYC. The Collegiate Chorale cherishes a rich collaboration with the Verbier Festival since its first appearance at the festival under James Levine in 2005. The Chorale is thrilled to honor the festival at the occasion of their 20th anniversary and to celebrate a shared mission for artistic excellence and inter-generational exchange through music. 

The Chorale's grand concert performance of the operetta Song of Norway will be followed by the benefit dinner, a lively and always vastly entertaining auction, the proceeds of which will support The Chorale's artistic and education programs. Benefit guests will have the opportunity to sponsor high school and college students from our unique Side-by-Side program to travel with The Chorale to the Verbier Festival this summer. Approximately 200 guests from New York's social and philanthropic community attend the Benefit every spring. 

The event will begin at 6pm with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres in Carnegie Hall's Rose Museum, followed by Robert Wright and George Forrest's Song of Norway in the Stern Auditorium at 6:30pm. The seated dinner and live auction will follow in the Rohatyn Room. Attire is festive. Benefit tickets are available from $500 to $1,500 and Benefit tables from $5,000 to $15,000. For more information, please email Mariane Lemieux at mlemieux@collegiatechorale.org or call 646-435-9052.


About the Company: The Collegiate Chorale

The mission of The Collegiate Chorale is to enrich its audiences through innovative programming and exceptional performances of a broad range of vocal music featuring a premier choral ensemble. Inherent in its mission is The Chorale's belief that choral music is a compelling collaboration that creates a powerful, shared experience unifying listeners and musicians of all backgrounds, beliefs and ages.

The Collegiate Chorale, among New York's foremost vocal ensembles, has added to the richness of the city's cultural fabric for more than 65 years.  Founded in 1941 by the legendary conductor Robert Shaw, The Chorale has established a preeminent reputation for its interpretations of the traditional choral repertoire, vocal works by American composers, and rarely heard operas-in-concert, as well as commissions and premieres of new works by today's most exciting creative artists.  In the summer of 2009, The Chorale performed for a fourth season at Switzerland's Verbier Music Festivaland in July 2008 toured with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under Zubin Mehta in Tel Aviv, Haifa, and Jerusalem.  This season, The Chorale presented the world premiere two-act concert version of Ricky Ian Gordon's opera The Grapes of Wrath at Carnegie Hall to great critical acclaim.  The mission of The Collegiate Chorale, led by Music Director James Bagwell, is to enrich its audiences through innovative programming and exceptional performances of a broad range of vocal music featuring a premier choral ensemble.

The Collegiate Chorale announces the New York Premieres of two works by major composers: Symphony No. 7 “Toltec” by Philip Glass and Oceana by Osvaldo Golijov, featuring international jazz vocalist Biella Da Costa and the American Symphony Orchestra on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 7pm at Carnegie Hall, 881 7th Avenue, NYC. The Collegiate Chorale’s Music Director James Bagwell will conduct.  Tickets are $20-115 and are available at www.carnegiehall.org.

In this pairing of contemporary choral compositions by Osvaldo Golijov and Philip Glass, The Chorale turns its attention towards Latin America with the New York premieres of Symphony No. 7 “Toltec” and Oceana.  Composed in 2004, Symphony No. 7 – A Toltec Symphony is Philip Glass’s personal homage to the ancient traditions and beliefs of the peoples of Mesoamerica, circa 700-1100 BCE.  Although often cited for their accomplishments in mathematics, calendar making, building and architecture, Glass is concerned with Toltec personal spiritual development:  “The Toltecs emphasized the relationship with the forces of the natural world (the sun, earth, water, fire and wind) in developing their own wisdom traditions.”  In his symphony, scored for full orchestra and large chorus, Glass does not use any of his trademark electric keyboard sounds, but instead explores musical textures and phrases within the realm of a strictly acoustic, natural world.  In using pure, natural acoustic instruments, he gets closer spiritually to the natural world the Toltec culture worships.  This musical exploration results in extended yet constantly changing harmonies, textures, and rhythms.  

Commissioned by the Oregon Bach Festival in 1996, Golijov wrote Oceana in the spirit of a Bach cantata but with a Latin American musical style that features a jazz/pop vocalist, percussion, and guitars.  Set to the poetry of Pablo Neruda, Oceana, in Golijov’s words, is the “transmutation of passion into geometry”.  He describes his work such that “water and longing, light and hope, the immensity of South America's nature and pain, are here transmuted into pure musical symbols, which nevertheless should be more liquid than the sea and deeper than the yearning that they represent.”  Golijov juxtaposes rolling, cascading arcs of sound (giant rain sticks in the percussion, choral and orchestral writing that sweeps forward and back in extended phrases) and the unique sound of Brazilian jazz with the technical precision of classical oratorio and symphonic structure.  The result is an astounding and exciting rush of sound, drama and emotion; waves of text overlapping waves of sound; jazz merging with classical; and cinematic cascades of texture upon texture.  Popular Venezuelan Jazz vocalist and Golijov specialist Biella Da Costa joins The Chorale in the performance of this powerful musical work.


About the Company: The Collegiate Chorale

The mission of The Collegiate Chorale is to enrich its audiences through innovative programming and exceptional performances of a broad range of vocal music featuring a premier choral ensemble. Inherent in its mission is The Chorale's belief that choral music is a compelling collaboration that creates a powerful, shared experience unifying listeners and musicians of all backgrounds, beliefs and ages.

The Collegiate Chorale, among New York's foremost vocal ensembles, has added to the richness of the city's cultural fabric for more than 65 years.  Founded in 1941 by the legendary conductor Robert Shaw, The Chorale has established a preeminent reputation for its interpretations of the traditional choral repertoire, vocal works by American composers, and rarely heard operas-in-concert, as well as commissions and premieres of new works by today's most exciting creative artists.  In the summer of 2009, The Chorale performed for a fourth season at Switzerland's Verbier Music Festivaland in July 2008 toured with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under Zubin Mehta in Tel Aviv, Haifa, and Jerusalem.  This season, The Chorale presented the world premiere two-act concert version of Ricky Ian Gordon's opera The Grapes of Wrath at Carnegie Hall to great critical acclaim.  The mission of The Collegiate Chorale, led by Music Director James Bagwell, is to enrich its audiences through innovative programming and exceptional performances of a broad range of vocal music featuring a premier choral ensemble.

Beatrice Di Tenda  | Open: 12/05/12 Close: 12/05/12
The Chorale will feature the extraordinary soprano Angela Meade in the title role of Beatrice di Tenda, along with soloists Jamie Barton, Michael Spyres and Nicholas Pallesen.   Set in 15th century Milan and based on a historical figure, the opera tells of the tormented but saintly wife of the Duke of Milan, falsely accused of adultery by the scorned lover of one of her admirers and sentenced to death by her husband.  Beatrice di Tenda is characterized by ravishing melodies and exciting finales.  It premiered in 1833 and was famously revived in 1961 by Joan Sutherland and Marilyn Horne, Music Director James Bagwell conducts The Collegiate Chorale and American Symphony Orchestra in this gala concert evening.


About the Company: The Collegiate Chorale

The mission of The Collegiate Chorale is to enrich its audiences through innovative programming and exceptional performances of a broad range of vocal music featuring a premier choral ensemble. Inherent in its mission is The Chorale's belief that choral music is a compelling collaboration that creates a powerful, shared experience unifying listeners and musicians of all backgrounds, beliefs and ages.

The Collegiate Chorale, among New York's foremost vocal ensembles, has added to the richness of the city's cultural fabric for more than 65 years.  Founded in 1941 by the legendary conductor Robert Shaw, The Chorale has established a preeminent reputation for its interpretations of the traditional choral repertoire, vocal works by American composers, and rarely heard operas-in-concert, as well as commissions and premieres of new works by today's most exciting creative artists.  In the summer of 2009, The Chorale performed for a fourth season at Switzerland's Verbier Music Festivaland in July 2008 toured with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under Zubin Mehta in Tel Aviv, Haifa, and Jerusalem.  This season, The Chorale presented the world premiere two-act concert version of Ricky Ian Gordon's opera The Grapes of Wrath at Carnegie Hall to great critical acclaim.  The mission of The Collegiate Chorale, led by Music Director James Bagwell, is to enrich its audiences through innovative programming and exceptional performances of a broad range of vocal music featuring a premier choral ensemble.

American Symphony Orchestra - 50th Birthday Celebration  | Open: 10/26/12 Close: 10/26/12
The Collegiate Chorale announces its upcoming performance with the American Symphony Orchestra in their 50th Anniversary Celebration that pays tribute to pioneering ASO founder Leopold Stokowski. Current ASO Music Director Leon Botstein conducts this program made up of three works that mark milestones in Stokowski’s career and features an array of soloists, as well as the Brooklyn Youth Chorus and The Collegiate Chorale.

The celebration on October 26, 2012 at 8pm begins with a special arrangement of The Star-Spangled Banner created by Stokowski for the American Symphony Orchestra. The anthem will be followed by Charles Ives’ Fourth Symphony, which was premiered by Stokowski and the ASO at Carnegie Hall in 1965. Composed between 1910 and 1925, the symphony evolved over time and, like many of Ives’ works, makes reference to a range of musical styles including American indigenous music, the European classical tradition and even Ives’ own earlier compositions.

The evening concludes with Gustav Mahler’s monumental Eighth Symphony, the U.S. premiere of which was conducted by Stokowski (this time with the Philadelphia Orchestra). In this incarnation, the oft-dubbed “Symphony of a Thousand” (which Mahler himself referred to as his greatest work,) will feature massive instrumental and vocal forces, with The Collegiate Chorale and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus placed not only on stage but also around the hall.  For more information about this concert, please visit www.americansymphony.org.


About the Company: The Collegiate Chorale

The mission of The Collegiate Chorale is to enrich its audiences through innovative programming and exceptional performances of a broad range of vocal music featuring a premier choral ensemble. Inherent in its mission is The Chorale's belief that choral music is a compelling collaboration that creates a powerful, shared experience unifying listeners and musicians of all backgrounds, beliefs and ages.

The Collegiate Chorale, among New York's foremost vocal ensembles, has added to the richness of the city's cultural fabric for more than 65 years.  Founded in 1941 by the legendary conductor Robert Shaw, The Chorale has established a preeminent reputation for its interpretations of the traditional choral repertoire, vocal works by American composers, and rarely heard operas-in-concert, as well as commissions and premieres of new works by today's most exciting creative artists.  In the summer of 2009, The Chorale performed for a fourth season at Switzerland's Verbier Music Festivaland in July 2008 toured with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under Zubin Mehta in Tel Aviv, Haifa, and Jerusalem.  This season, The Chorale presented the world premiere two-act concert version of Ricky Ian Gordon's opera The Grapes of Wrath at Carnegie Hall to great critical acclaim.  The mission of The Collegiate Chorale, led by Music Director James Bagwell, is to enrich its audiences through innovative programming and exceptional performances of a broad range of vocal music featuring a premier choral ensemble.

Israel Philharmonic Orchestra  | Open: 10/25/12 Close: 10/25/12
The Collegiate Chorale announces its encore performance with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra of Arnold Schoenberg's Kol Nidre and Israeli composer Noam Sheriff's Mechaye Hametim(Revival of the Dead), which they performed this summer at the Salzburg Festival.  The October 25 performance will be the New York premiere of Mechaye Hametim

Along with Grammy Award-winning baritone Thomas Hampson, Avery Fisher Career Grant recipientYuja Wang and The Collegiate Chorale, tenor Carl Hieger joins the roster of participating artists in a unique program with Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra at Carnegie Hall on October 25, 2012 at 7pm. The concert recently saw a program change: after the heartfelt response the IPO received for its performance at the Salzburg Festival in July, and front-page coverage of the concert in The New York Times, the Orchestra quickly restructured the October 25 program for Carnegie Hall. Arnold Schoenberg's Kol Nidre and the New York premiere of Noam Sheriff's Mechaye Hametim (Revival of the Dead)—two works performed in Salzburg—will bookend a concert that also features internationally celebrated pianist Yuja Wang performing Mendelssohn's Piano Concerto No. 1. This benefit concert is being generously underwritten by Adrienne Arsht. Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra will travel across the country with Yuja Wang, performing in New York, Palm Desert, Las Vegas and Los Angeles.

Benefit tickets may be purchased by contacting American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra online or by phone at 212-697-2949 or at events@afipo.org. Concert tickets may be purchased through Carnegie Hall's box office, website or by phone at 212-247-7800. (Tickets starting from $21.)

"Abetted by Mr. Hampson's tour de force, in which he also served as narrator in the Schoenberg and spoke and sang in the Sheriff, the evening's performances were everywhere excellent...The concert was greeted warmly, even clamorously..." — The New York Times


About the Company: The Collegiate Chorale

The mission of The Collegiate Chorale is to enrich its audiences through innovative programming and exceptional performances of a broad range of vocal music featuring a premier choral ensemble. Inherent in its mission is The Chorale's belief that choral music is a compelling collaboration that creates a powerful, shared experience unifying listeners and musicians of all backgrounds, beliefs and ages.

The Collegiate Chorale, among New York's foremost vocal ensembles, has added to the richness of the city's cultural fabric for more than 65 years.  Founded in 1941 by the legendary conductor Robert Shaw, The Chorale has established a preeminent reputation for its interpretations of the traditional choral repertoire, vocal works by American composers, and rarely heard operas-in-concert, as well as commissions and premieres of new works by today's most exciting creative artists.  In the summer of 2009, The Chorale performed for a fourth season at Switzerland's Verbier Music Festivaland in July 2008 toured with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under Zubin Mehta in Tel Aviv, Haifa, and Jerusalem.  This season, The Chorale presented the world premiere two-act concert version of Ricky Ian Gordon's opera The Grapes of Wrath at Carnegie Hall to great critical acclaim.  The mission of The Collegiate Chorale, led by Music Director James Bagwell, is to enrich its audiences through innovative programming and exceptional performances of a broad range of vocal music featuring a premier choral ensemble.

The Mikado  | Open: 04/10/12 Close: 04/10/12
The Collegiate Chorale presents Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikadoon April 10, 2012 at 6:30pm at Carnegie Hall, 881 Seventh Avenue, NYC.  The performance features Victoria Clark, Chuck Cooper, Jason Danieley, Christopher Fitzgerald, Amy Justman, Kelli O'Hara, Lauren Worsham, and the American Symphony Orchestra, directed and conducted by Ted Sperling.  Single tickets start at $25 and are available online at carnegiehall.org, by phone through Carnegie Charge at (212) 247-7800 or in person at the Carnegie Hall Box Office.

 

One of the most frequently produced musical theatre pieces in history, The Mikadois a comic opera in two acts, with music by Arthur Sullivan and libretto by W.S. Gilbert. Debuted by the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company at the Savoy Theatre in London on March 14, 1885, The Mikadowas Gilbert and Sullivan’s ninth collaborative work. Set in Japan, the opera explores the exotic, macabre, and humorous while satirizing British politics and institutions in the fictionalized foreign town of Titipu.

 

The evening will also serve as the The Collegiate Chorale’s 2012 Spring Benefit and will honor Norman Peck and The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation for their longtime support of The Chorale and numerous arts organizations in New York City. The many generous and often transformational grants awarded by Mr. Peck and the Foundation have enabled numerous artistic and educational programs that have vastly enhanced the quality of life for so many New Yorkers.

 

Co-chairing the event are Susan Baker and Michael Lynch, Mary Sharp Cronson, Antonia and George Grumbach, Ellen Nenner, Christie C. Salomon and Richard B. Lombard, and Elizabeth Tunick.

 

The gala portion of the evening will begin before the performance with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at 5:45pm, and continue afterwards with a seated dinner and live auction. 

 

For more information on the 2012 Spring Benefit, please contact Melissa Froehlich at (323) 424-3345.

 

The Collegiate Chorale’s 70th season began with Rossini’sMoïse et Pharaonand continued with Tippett’s A Child of Our TimeandBruckner’s Te Deum. The season will conclude with a program entitled Contemporary Voicesled by Maestro Bagwell on May 21, 2012 at St. Bartholomew’s Church. Highlights of the program include Copland’s In the Beginning– which The Chorale premiered under its founder Robert Shaw – the Poulenc Gloria, and the New York premiere of a setting of Psalm 67 by the young and celebrated Israeli composer, Avner Dorman.

 

Single tickets for all concerts can be purchased by contacting The Chorale office at (646) 435-9465 or online at collegiatechorale.org

A Child Of Our Time And Te Deum  | Open: 02/03/12 Close: 02/03/12
 

The Collegiate Chorale presents Tippett’s A Child of Our Time and Bruckner’s Te Deum on Friday, February 3, 2012 at 7pm at Carnegie Hall, 881 Seventh Avenue, NYC.  The performance features Nicole Cabell, Marietta Simpson, Russell Thomas, John Relyea and the American Symphony Orchestra, conducted by James Bagwell.  Single tickets start at $10 and are available online at carnegiehall.org, by phone through Carnegie Charge at (212) 247-7800 or in person at the Carnegie Hall Box Office.

 

Sir Michael Tippett’s A Child of Our Time (1941) is a unique oratorio, structured in three parts to emulate Handel’s Messiah and using traditional African-American spirituals in a form similar to Bach’s use of the chorale in his Passions, all with a decidedly twentieth-century musical language. The text of this stirring work reflects Tippett's pacifism and belief that people contain both "shadow and light." Soprano Nicole Cabell has performed this work to great critical acclaim and has made it a signature piece. She will be joined by Marietta Simpson, mezzo-soprano, Russell Thomas, tenor, and John Relyea, bass-baritone.  Paired with this riveting work will be the powerful Te Deumby Anton Bruckner.  Conducted by James Bagwell.

Moise Et Pharaon  | Open: 11/30/11 Close: 11/30/11
The Collegiate Chorale presents Rossini’s Moïse et Pharaon .  This opera-in-concert presentation will feature Rossini’s lavish French-language version of 1827 replete with romance, intrigue, vengeance, and acts of God as Moses leads the Jews out of the land of Pharaoh and into freedom, by way of the plagues and the parting of the Red Sea. The story is impassioned and the music is gorgeous.  Guest artists include James Morris, Kyle Ketelsen, Angela Meade, Eric Cutler, and Marina Rebeka, with the American Symphony Orchestra.  James Bagwell will conduct.

Single tickets start at $25 and are available online at carnegiehall.org, by phone through Carnegie Charge at (212) 247-7800 or in person at the Carnegie Hall Box Office. 

The Moise performance will also serve as The Chorale’s Gala Benefit. Gala tickets include prime seating, pre-concert cocktails, and a seated dinner in the Rohatyn Room. Gala tickets can be purchased by calling (323) 424-3345.

For more information, please visit collegiatechorale.org.


About the Company: The Collegiate Chorale

The mission of The Collegiate Chorale is to enrich its audiences through innovative programming and exceptional performances of a broad range of vocal music featuring a premier choral ensemble. Inherent in its mission is The Chorale's belief that choral music is a compelling collaboration that creates a powerful, shared experience unifying listeners and musicians of all backgrounds, beliefs and ages.

The Collegiate Chorale, among New York's foremost vocal ensembles, has added to the richness of the city's cultural fabric for more than 65 years.  Founded in 1941 by the legendary conductor Robert Shaw, The Chorale has established a preeminent reputation for its interpretations of the traditional choral repertoire, vocal works by American composers, and rarely heard operas-in-concert, as well as commissions and premieres of new works by today's most exciting creative artists.  In the summer of 2009, The Chorale performed for a fourth season at Switzerland's Verbier Music Festivaland in July 2008 toured with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under Zubin Mehta in Tel Aviv, Haifa, and Jerusalem.  This season, The Chorale presented the world premiere two-act concert version of Ricky Ian Gordon's opera The Grapes of Wrath at Carnegie Hall to great critical acclaim.  The mission of The Collegiate Chorale, led by Music Director James Bagwell, is to enrich its audiences through innovative programming and exceptional performances of a broad range of vocal music featuring a premier choral ensemble.


 

 

The Collegiate Chorale presents its 2011 Spring Concert Something Wonderful: An Evening of Broadway with Deborah Voigt, with featured guest artist Paolo Szot, conducted by Ted Sperling with the American Symphony Orchestra on Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 7pm at Carnegie Hall.  Single tickets start at $25 and are available online at www.carnegiehall.org, by phone through Carnegie Charge at (212) 247-7800 or in person at the Carnegie Hall Box Office.  The Chorale’s Annual Spring Benefit will follow the concert.  Benefit tickets are available by phone at 646-435-9052.
 
Deborah Voigt, one of the world’s favorite international opera luminaries, will turn her estimable vocal talents toward the world of musical theater to provide us with a delightful evening of Rodgers and Hammerstein, Gershwin, Kern, Sondheim and others. Teaming up with Ted Sperling, one of Broadway’s foremost conductors, arrangers and directors, Ms. Voigt will prove her flawless ability to move and captivate audiences in this musical genre as well. See her strut her Broadway stuff with The Chorale just before she begins her widely anticipated debut in "Annie Get Your Gun" at Glimmerglass. Paulo Szot, critically acclaimed baritone who starred last season in both "The Nose" at the Met and "South Pacific" on Broadway, will join in this Special Event.
 
The benefit will begin with the concert listed above, immediately followed by a cocktail reception in the Rose Museum and a seated dinner and dessert in the Rohatyn Room. And before the evening's final curtain is drawn, the enchanting Roger Rees will entice you to bid on some very special items in a lively auction that will benefit The Chorale's education and artistic programs.  The evening will honor The Kurt Weill Foundation, which has provided generous support to The Chorale over the years.  In 2009, funding from the Foundation supported the company’s presentation of "The Firebrand of Florence" and its most recent award made it possible for The Collegiate Chorale to present and record the January performances of "Knickerbocker Holiday" with Victor Garber and Kelli O’Hara at Alice Tully Hall.
 
The company’s 2010/2011 Season began with Brahms’ "Alto Rhapsody", "Op.53" and "A German Requiem" at Carnegie Hall in October and continued with "Knickerbocker Holiday" in January at Alice Tully Hall and "We Remember Them: Choral Music from the Camps and the Ghettos" in March at Central Synagogue.
 
For more information, visit www.collegiatechorale.org.
The Grapes Of Wrath  | Open: 03/22/10 Close: 03/22/10
An all-star cast from opera and Broadway comes together to present the World Premiere Two Act Concert Version of Ricky Ian Gordon and Michael Korie’s beautiful rendering of Nobel Prize-winner John Steinbeck’s epic Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, "The Grapes of Wrath", on March 22, 2010 at Carnegie Hall, conducted by Ted Sperling. Called by Musical America “The great American opera,” Gordon’s opera incorporates American popular musical styles of the 20s and 30s: song-and-dance, sweet and rousing love songs, ballads with banjos, jazz choruses, and a barbershop quartet.  Just like the novel itself, the work is both heart-wrenching and uplifting.  Gordon (music) and Korie (libretto) have collaborated with The Chorale to shorten the length of the original opera, while composing new material for the chorus.  And if that starry cast – Victoria Clark, Christine Ebersole, Jane Fonda, Elizabeth Futral, Anthony Dean Griffey, Nathan Gunn, Peter Halverson, Steven Pasquale, Stephen Powell, Andrew Wilkowske and Matthew Worth – isn’t enough inspiration to see the show, the role of Tom Joad’s young daughter, Ruthie, will be sung by Nathan Gunn’s daughter, Madelyn Gunn. Directed by Eric Simonson with lighting design by Frances Aronson. Tickets are $25-$160 and will be available at 646-202-9623 or www.collegiatechorale.org.

The Collegiate Chorale, led by new music director James Bagwell, announces its 68th season, including "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring", a concert performed live to the film on October 9 and 10, 2009 at 7:30pm at Radio City Music Hall; a Gala Evening, "A Jubilant Song", on December 1, 2009 at 7pm at Carnegie Hall; the World Premiere Two Act Concert Version of Ricky Ian Gordon and Michael Korie’s rendering of "The Grapes of Wrath" on March 22, 2010 at 8pm at Carnegie Hall; and George Frideric Handel’s "Israel in Egypt", conducted by James Bagwell, on May 12, 2010 at 8pm at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, New York University.

Subscription packages are available by phone at 646-202-9623 or online at www.collegiatechorale.org.
 

The Grapes Of Wrath  | Open: 03/22/10 Close: 03/22/10
An all-star cast from Broadway and the classical world comes together to present a rare mingling of opera and theatre in The Grapes of Wrath.  Originally commissioned and produced by the Minnesota Opera and called "The great American opera" by Musical America, Gordon and Korie's new work melds popular musical styles of the '20s and '30s (song-and-dance, soaring love songs, banjo ballads, jazz choruses, and a barbershop quartet) with the classic drama of grand opera, all to a heart-wrenching yet uplifting effect.  The composer (Gordon) and librettist (Korie) have crafted a special concert version of their original opera with narration written especially for this presentation.  The starry cast includes  Jane Fonda (narrator), Victoria Clark, Christine Ebersole, Nathan Gunn, Elizabeth Futral, Anthony Dean Griffey, Peter Halverson, Steven Pasquale, Stephen Powell, Andrew Wilkowske and Matthew Worth and the role of Tom Joad's young sister, Ruthie, will be sung by Nathan Gunn's daughter Madelyn Gunn.  Music by Ricky Ian Gordon and libretto by Michael Korie.  Featuring the American Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Ted Sperling.  Directed by Eric Simonson with lighting design by Frances Aronson, projection design by Wendall Harrington, sound design by Scott Lehrer and costume design by Jacob Climer.
 
"In this concert version, we convey the story of the Joad family's journey across America in approximately two hours.  We have retained many of the big musical set pieces, arias and choral ensembles, and we have eliminated much of the recitative, replacing it with a narrator who reads sections from the novel, allowing segues from those powerful passages seamlessly into music that continues the drama without loss of suspense or momentum.  In addition, this version will feature music never heard in the original full staging of the opera.  This is not only a concert version of the full opera, but a different version," said Michael Korie.

 

"We are honored to be presenting this richly textured work of soaring passion and devastating beauty.  Inherent in its mission is The Chorale's commitment to premiering or showcasing exceptional American works such as Ricky Ian Gordon's The Grapes of Wrath.  Gordon and librettist Michael Korie have given a musical voice to this quintessentially American novel in a lyrical language which draws from opera and American musical theater idioms.  The choral writing and casting of soloists reflect this cross-over nature.  I think both opera and Broadway lovers alike will be moved by this remarkable work," said James Bagwell, music director of The Collegiate Chorale.
A Jubilant Song  | Open: 12/01/09 Close: 12/01/09
On December 1, 2009 at 7pm at Carnegie Hall, join James Bagwell, Roger Rees and many well-known friends as they lead "A Jubilant Song", a celebration of The Collegiate Chorale’s remarkable history of exceptional conductors, noteworthy commissions and premieres, and multi-faceted choral programming.  As the new Music Director, Mr. Bagwell gives tribute to his predecessors and ushers in a new era of The Collegiate Chorale.  Works to be performed include the Beethoven "Choral Fantasy", "Verdi arias", "A Jubilant Song" by Dello Joio, and excerpts from Bernstein’s "A White House Cantata".  Featuring Salvatore Licitra, tenor; Emily Pulley, soprano; Anita Johnson, soprano; Robert Mack, tenor; Erin Morley, soprano; Jenny Lin, piano; and Roger Rees, emcee. A benefit dinner with Mr. Bagwell and guest artists at Carnegie Hall’s Rohatyn Room will follow the concert. Tickets are $25-$125 and will be available at 646-202-9623 or www.collegiatechorale.org.

The Collegiate Chorale, led by new music director James Bagwell, announces its 68th season, including "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring", a concert performed live to the film on October 9 and 10, 2009 at 7:30pm at Radio City Music Hall; a Gala Evening, "A Jubilant Song", on December 1, 2009 at 7pm at Carnegie Hall; the World Premiere Two Act Concert Version of Ricky Ian Gordon and Michael Korie’s rendering of "The Grapes of Wrath" on March 22, 2010 at 8pm at Carnegie Hall; and George Frideric Handel’s "Israel in Egypt", conducted by James Bagwell, on May 12, 2010 at 8pm at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, New York University.

Subscription packages are available by phone at 646-202-9623 or online at www.collegiatechorale.org.

Dolcissimo  | Open: 11/22/09 Close: 11/22/09
Dolcissimo, an exciting new vocal group specializing in classical, light opera and Broadway show music will debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall on November 22nd at 7pm performing “STARLIGHT” an evening featuring works by Puccini, Verdi, Bizet, Lehar, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Kern, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Donizetti and Shemer.