FRIDAY / DECEMBER 9 / 7:00 P.M. / TICKETS: $65.00
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).
A METLIVEARTS Production.
Image above: Al-Qazwini (1202–1283). "The Archangel Israfil," from 'Aja'ib al-Makhluqat (The Wonders of Creation and Oddities of Existence), late 14th–early 15th century. Egypt or Syria. Opaque watercolor and ink on paper. British Museum, London. © The Trustees of the British Museum.
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