The Oratorio Society of New York's AMERICAN VOICES Concert Set for 3/5
The Oratorio Society of New York was slated to perform its program, "American Voices" featuring the New York premiere of Paul Moravec's oratorio The Blizzard Voices at Carnegie Hall on November 5, 2012, as the first program of its 140th anniversary season. But Hurricane Sandy blew into the city the week before, and the concert was one of several that had to be postponed. The OSNY milestone season opened instead with its annual performance of Handel's Messiah at Christmastime.
"American Voices" will now take place-barring another major weather event-at Carnegie Hall on Tuesday, March 5, 2013. OSNY Music Director Kent Tritle has created an all-American program about "American aesthetics, history, and experience" that presents music by Charles Ives and Aaron Copland and the New York premiere of a 2008 oratorio about an 1888 American tragedy. The concert features arrangements for chorus and orchestra of selections from Copland's Old American Songs and "The Promise of Living" from The Tender Land and two songs by Charles Ives as well as the New York premiere of Paul Moravec's The Blizzard Voices, a work based on poetry by former U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser about the Great Plains Blizzard of 1888.
The program's soloists are sopranos Susanna Phillips and Maeve Höglund, mezzo-soprano Malena Dayen, tenor John Tiranno, baritone Jonathan Estabrooks, and bass Kevin Deas-all six are featured in the Moravec work and in "The Promise of Living." Kevin Deas is also the soloist in Ives's "General William Booth Enters into Heaven." Estabrooks is a past winner of the OSNY's Oratorio-Solo Competition. Kent Tritle conducts "The Promise of Living" and The Blizzard Voices; OSNY Associate Conductor David Rosenmeyer leads the Copland and Ives songs.