By Marisa Michelson and Royce Vavrek
JUNE 17, 2018 at 7:00PM | FREE CONCERT | ROCKEFELLER PARK, 75 BATTERY PLACE
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.
This event is free and open to the public!
Please note that the concert will take place in a park where there is no formal concert seating. Please bring your own blankets, lawn chairs, and picnic dinners, if you wish.
Naamah’s Ark is produced in collaboration with the River To River Festival, presented by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC), and Battery Park City Authority.
Victoria Clark (“Naamah”)
Sachal Vasandani (“Merman”)
Stuyvesant High School Chorus (Liliya Shamazov, Director)
Jerriese Johnson Gospel Choir of Middle Collegiate Church (John Del Cueto, Director)
Life Rhythms Percussion Ensemble (Alan Katz, Leader)
Cantor Rebecca Garfein of Congregation Rodeph Sholom
Ted Sperling, Conductor
Max Frieder, Co-Founder and Co-Director of Artolution