Naamah's Ark

17 Jun 2018

New York, NY


Rockefeller Park



Presenting Organization/Ensemble:

MasterVoices with the River to River Festival

Conductor/Keynote Speaker:

Ted Sperling, Conductor


Victoria Clark (“Naamah”)
Sachal Vasandani (“Merman”)
Stuyvesant High School Chorus (Liliya Shamazov, Director)
Jerriese Johnson Gospel Choir of Middle Collegiate Church
Life Rhythms Percussion Ensemble (Alan Katz, Leader)
Cantor Rebecca Garfein of Congregation Rodeph Sholom
MasterVoices Chorus
Ted Sperling, Conductor
Max Frieder, Co-Founder and Co-Director of Artolution

This dramatic oratorio by composer Marisa Michelson and librettist Royce Vavrek tells the story of Noah’s Ark, from the perspective of Noah’s wife. Naamah is a strong woman who must guide all the diverse species of animals in coming together as the Ark reaches dry land. From the birds to the hippos, each group has its own concerns. Can they learn to live together after the crisis has passed? In a new version of the piece, community members from Lower Manhattan join MasterVoices in shared music-making to explore themes of diversity, the role of women in society, and the possible devastation of climate change.

Presented in collaboration with the River To River Festival and Battery Park City Authority at Rockefeller Park in Lower Manhattan, this summer event is free and open to the public.

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