Saturday, May 18 at 8:00pm
Church of St. Luke in the Fields
487 Hudson Street
New York City
Monday, May 20 at 8:00pm
Park Avenue Christian Church
1010 Park Avenue
New York City
Cantori New York presents the new hour-long A Gnostic Passion by Doug and Brad Balliett, for chorus, soprano and instrumental ensemble. The Balliett brothers fashioned their startling libretto from the gnostic source The Acts of John in consultation with award-winning scholar and MacArthur Fellow Elaine Pagels, integrating into their text eccentric, wildly divergent accounts of the passion story that had been suppressed for centuries by early church authorities.
A Gnostic Passion draws formal inspiration from the Bach family, and sonic inspiration equally from the worlds of contemporary classical and popular music. The Balliett brothers will participate in the performance with guest artist soprano Charlotte Mundy.
Tickets $25; seniors $20; children / students $5
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About Cantori New York
Cantori New York, praised by The New York Times for its “spirit of exploration” and “virtuosity and assurance,” celebrates its 28th season of programming featuring new and neglected works that deserve to be performed and heard.
A three-time winner of the ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, Cantori has built a strong reputation for artistic excellence and innovative programming, including an evening of theatrical choral music with Tony Award winner Maryann Plunkett. Cantori’s collaborators have included the Cassatt String Quartet, Prism Saxophone Quartet, and the Gregg Smith Singers; appearances have included the opening season of Zankel Hall with Michael Tilson Thomas, Great Performers at Lincoln Center, and World Financial Center Arts & Events.
Cantori’s recordings include The Metamorphoses of Paul Crabtree, Echoes and Shadows (contemporary American choral works), and the first CD recording of Frank Martin’s Le Vin Herbé, which was an Opera News Editors’ Choice.