NYC Master Chorale To Present Handel’s ‘Messiah Reimagined’ With Text By Martin Luther King Jr. & Others

By David Salazar

It’s the holiday season and Handel’s “Messiah” cropping up everywhere you look in New York City. But the New York City Master Chorale is set to take a new approach to the famed oratorio.

Per a press release, the holiday favorite will feature new solo movements by Emily Lau for its presentation on Dec. 8, 2018 at 8 p.m. at the St. Jean Baptiste Church.

Per a press release, Lau’s new conception for the work sees the four soloists reimagined as four virtues “crucial to our global health and happiness in 2018: Community, Compassion, Natural World, and Patience.”

Lau has set the words of Martin Luther King Jr, Sojourner Truth, the Dalai Lama, and other modern prophets in lieu of the Old Testament prophets originally utilized by Handel.

The performance will be conducted by Dusty Francis and will feature the Manhattan School of Music Chamber Orchestra. The soloists will be soprano Melanie Spector, Natalie Rumer, David Charles Tay, and Hào Jiang.