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Thy Will Be Done

posted Mar 14, 2018, 7:04 AM by Steven Vaughan   [ updated Mar 14, 2018, 7:05 AM ]
Next Friday, March 16
th, I’m singing in the New York Premiere of an Easter oratorio, Thy Will Be Done, in David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. This new 90-minute work for soloists, choir and orchestra tells the story of the life, ministry, crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Composed by Angela Rice, she says "I've tried to use the music to depict the emotions of the characters in the specific biblical contexts. I hope that as you listen you can hear the love, surrender, obedience, despair, humility and awe—emotions that the characters experienced."

Since its world premiere during the 2012 Lenten season, it’s been hailed as "sterling" and "an ideal hit in the church choir world." One critic has described it as “a straight-forward, scripture-based work that tells the story of Jesus Christ bookended with the promise of Psalm 23 and the instruction of the beatitudes.” Metropolitan Opera tenor Gregory Turay, who premiered in the role of Jesus then and will reprise his role Friday evening, raves about Rice’s “very singable, beautiful music.”

Built in 1962, Philharmonic Hall—renamed Avery Fisher Hall in 1973 and later renamed David Geffen Hall hosts notable performances by acclaimed orchestras and artists from around the globe, as well as charity galas such as our Diocese’ “Futures in Education” Spirit of Christmas concert. Its spacious lobby and promenade feature such eminent artwork as Rodin's bust of Gustav Mahler in addition to wraparound views of Lincoln Center.

Curtain is at 8:00
PM. Tickets are $30-$100, available at NationalChorale.com or by calling (212) 333-5333.