The Road of Promise
U.S. Premiere at Carnegie Hall
Collegiate Chorale Presents New Concert Adaptation of
The Eternal Road
At Carnegie Hall on 6-7 May 2015, The Collegiate Chorale presents the U.S. premiere of The Road of Promise, a new concert adaptation of Kurt Weill and Franz Werfel’s 1937 epic musical spectacle, The Eternal Road. Conductor/director Ted Sperling leads the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, a 200-voice chorus, and and a cast that features Anthony Dean Griffey, Mark Delavan, Philip Cutlip, Ron Rifkin, AJ Glueckert, and Lotte Lenya Competition Finalists/Winners Lauren Michelle, Megan Marino, and Justin Hopkins.
Adapted by Ed Harsh from the original stage work, The Road of Promise combines a story about a synagogue under threat of persecution with defining stories from the Old Testament. As the congregation awaits their fate, a 13-year old boy appears who knows nothing of his Jewish heritage or faith. The Rabbi enlightens the boy and gives the community strength by recounting the stories of Abraham, Jacob, Joseph, Miriam, Moses, Ruth, Isaiah, and more, all of which come alive through Weill's magnificent musical score. The young boy listens to the stories unfold and emerges as the new hope for his people.
The performances of The Road of Promise will be recorded live at Carnegie Hall for release on the Navona Records label, distributed by Naxos Records.
In a special pre-concert talk at 6 pm on 7 May, presented in partnership with the Museum of Jewish Heritage, Collegiate Chorale Artistic Director Ted Sperling talks with Ed Harsh about the background, historical context, and score of The Road of Promise.
The Road of Promise performances are funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and The Kurt Weill Foundation for Music, Inc.
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Watch Video >> Ted Sperling, Ed Harsh, and Collegiate Chorale Producing Director Edward Barnes discuss the background, story, and music of The Road of Promise.
Lotte Lenya Competition Finalists and Judges AnnouncedFourteen exceptionally talented singer-actors from the United States, United Kingdom, and Germany will compete for top prizes of $15,000, $10,000 and $7,500 in the finals of the 2015 Lotte Lenya Competition on Saturday, 18 April 2015 at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. Broadway leading lady and Tony Award nominee Rebecca Luker, British opera and musical theater conductor James Holmes, and Rodgers & Hammerstein President and American Theatre Wing Vice-Chairman Theodore S. Chapin will judge.
The 2015 Finalists are (pictured above):
Robin Bailey (London, UK)
Jordan Davidson (New York, USA)
Adam Fieldson (Nebraska, USA)
Briana Silvie Gantsweg (California, USA)
Anthony Heinemann (Missouri, USA)
Talya Lieberman (Ohio, USA)
Carter Lynch (Maryland, USA)
Michael Maliakel (New Jersey, USA)
Lauren Michelle (California, USA)
Florian Peters (Köln, Germany)
Katherine Riddle (Maryland, USA)
Jim Schubin (Colorado, USA)
Annie Sherman (Maryland, USA)
Christine Cornish Smith (Texas, USA).
The singer-actors will perform their entire programs for the judges between 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. At 8 p.m., they will perform a concert of selections which will conclude with the announcement of the winners. Both events are free and open to the public, and will take place in Kilbourn Hall at the Eastman School of Music.
Contestants from 17 countries entered the 2015 competition. Finalists were selected from a group of twenty-eight semi-finalists who auditioned on 13-14 March in New York City. Drama Desk nominated singer, actor, and voice teacher Judy Blazer and Broadway music director and conductor Andy Einhorn served as adjudicator/coaches, evaluating and working with each of the semi-finalists.
Congratulations to all of the semi-finalists and finalists! Come join us in Rochester to see these rising musical theater and opera stars of tomorrow.
More information on the Finalists, Judges, and Lotte Lenya Competition >>
Photo Credits for Finalists' Headshots: Charles Wood (Robin Bailey), Tom Newton (Jordan Davidson), Zach Romasco (Adam Fieldson), Xiaobo Su (Briana Silvie Gantsweg), Ron Lindsey (Anthony Heinemann), Anna Wu (Talya Lieberman), Robert Mannis (Carter Lynch), Wasin Prasertlap (Michael Maliakel), Ivo Lopez (Lauren Michelle), Mark Normann (Florian Peters), Kristina Sherk (Katherine Riddle), Robert Mannis (Jim Schubin), Laura Rose (Christine Cornish Smith)
Ian Bostridge. Photo: Sim Canetty-Clarke
Cry, the Beloved Country
(Program title: “A New Birth of Freedom”)
Akron Symphony Orchestra, Ohio, USA
Christopher Wilkins, conductor
In a program that reflects on the 150th anniversary of the abolition of slavery in the U.S. and Lincoln’s assassination, the Akron Symphony Orchestra presents this concert suite of Lost in the Stars for two soloists and orchestra. Featuring soprano Dione Parker Bennett and baritone Brian Keith Johnson.
Walt Whitman Songs
(Program Title: “Songs of World War I”)
Park Avenue Armory, New York, USA
Ian Bostridge, tenor; Wenwen Du, piano.
Tenor Ian Bostridge performs an evening of songs by Mahler, Rudi Stephan, Butterworth, Weill, and Britten exploring the music and poetry of the Great War.
"I've Got the Tune":
On Stage with Marc Blitzstein
Copland House at Merestead, Mt. Kisco, New York, USA
Amy Burton, soprano; William Sharp, baritone; John Musto, piano.
Copland House presents a musical journey through the lives of seminal 20th century theatrical composers Kurt Weill and Marc Blitzstein, performed by soprano Amy Burton, baritone William Sharp, and pianist John Musto.
In addition to the professional performances highlighted, many college and university productions are taking place across the United States this spring. For a detailed list, see our Performance Calendar.
Ed Bara (as Frank Maurrant) and Lauren Curnow (as Anna Maurrant) pictured in a Muhlenberg College production of Weill’s Street Scene. Photo by Ken Ek.
Christine Rice as Jenny in Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny at Royal Opera House. Photo: Clive Barda
Upcoming Performances: Highlights
Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny
Royal Opera House, London, UNITED KINGDOM
John Fulljames, director; Mark Wigglesworth, conductor.
Remaining performances: April 1, 4
Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny
Staatsoper Berlin, GERMANY
Vincent Boussard, director; Wayne Marshall, conductor.
9, 11, 16 April
Symphony No. 2
Orkiestra Symfoniczna NFM, National Forum of Music, Wrocław, POLAND
Ruben Gazarian, conductor.
The Seven Deadly Sins
RTÉ Concert Orchestra, National Concert Hall, Dublin, IRELAND
Robert Ziegler, conductor; Storm Large, Anna I.
The Threepenny Opera
Clarence Brown Theatre, Knoxville, USA
Calvin MacLean, director.
16 April – 3 May
Theo Bleckmann, vocals; Julia Hülsmann Trio.
Neue Galerie's Café Sabarsky, New York, USA, April 16-17
An die Musik Live, Baltimore, USA, April 18
Die sieben Todsünden
Orchestre de Paris, FRANCE
Thomas Hengelbrock, conductor; Ute Lemper, Anna I.
The Seven Deadly Sins
Portland Symphony Orchestra, Portland, Maine, USA
Robert Moody, conductor; Storm Large,
19, 21 April
Neue Galerie's Café Sabarsky, New York, USA
Steve Ross (vocals, piano).
23, 30 April
Das Berliner Requiem
Remix Ensemble Casa da Música, Porto, PORTUGAL
Baldur Brönnimann, conductor; Miguel Leitão, tenor; Luís Rendas Pereira, baritone.
Lady in the Dark
Lyric Stage, Irving, Texas, USA
Ann Nieman, director; Jay Dias, conductor.
24 April – 3 May