FRIDAY / DECEMBER 9, 2016 / 7:00 P.M. / TICKETS: $65.00

Mohammed Fairouz, composer
Naomi Shihab, poetry
Andrew Cyr, conductor
Eve Gigliotti, mezzo-soprano
ModernMedieval Trio of Voices
Axion Estin Foundation
Metropolis Ensemble

One of the most talented composers of his generation.
— BBC World News

In conjunction with The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s current major exhibition Jerusalem 1000-1400: Every People Under Heaven, MetLiveArts commissioned composer Mohammed Fairouz and poet Naomi Shihab Nye to create a musical response in the form of a new song cycle for mezzo-soprano, strings, and percussion. Members of Grammy-nominated Metropolis Ensemble (led by conductor Andrew Cyr) and mezzo-soprano soloist Eve Gigiliotti will perform the world premiere.

The new work will be "embraced" by two sets of ancient choral music: O Jerusalem by Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179) performed by ModernMedieval Trio of Voices, and Eastern Orthodox chants in multiple languages performed by the Axion Estin Foundation’s psaltes (cantors) —hymns and psalms include Acts of the Apostles (Acts 2:5-11).


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