Empire City Men's Chorus friends Cantori New York will present the world premiere of The Jazzman, His Wife, and the Persian Poet on Saturday, November 8 at 8:00pm at Park Avenue Christian Church, and on Sunday, November 9 at 3:00 at the Church of St. Luke in the Fields. The titular featured composition by Dutch composer Jacques Bank explores the complicated relationship between American jazz titan Charlie "Bird" Parker and his wife, Chan, interwoven with texts from the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, for chamber choir, instruments and narrator. (Instrumentalists to be announced.)
Maryann Plunkett returns for a third collaboration with Cantori New York. The Tony Award-winning performer brings Chan Parker's voice and experiences to life as the Narrator of Bank's masterful new work.
The concert will also feature:
- Mediterranean Trilogy by Tom Nazziola (U.S. premiere) - texts by Khalil Gibran, Pablo Neruda and William Shakespeare
- Five Part Songs, opus 12 by Gustav Holst
- Canticum Canticorum Salomonis (Song of Songs) by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (excerpts)
About Cantori New York
Praised by the New York Times for its “spirit of exploration” and qualities of “virtuosity and assurance”, Cantori New York fetes its 30th year, always faithful to its mission of presenting new compositions as well as neglected works that deserve the public’s attention and appreciation. Three-time winner of ASCAP's “Adventurous Programming” prize in recognition of its audacious repertoire, Cantori New York has acquired a solid reputation as an accomplished and innovative vocal ensemble.