On November 28, Mastervoices and its 160 choristers will offer the New York Premiere of a multi-media version of Handel’s “Israel in Egypt” at Carnegie Hall, led by Artistic Director Ted Sperling. The timely oratorio of exile and displacement reflects on the flight of Israelites enslaved in Pharaonic Egypt and their crossing the Red Sea. The program will feature Syrian Armenian visual artist Kevork Mourad, who will create a combination of pre-composed film and in-the-moment paintings that bring a personal perspective to the work’s universal theme of displacement and the entrenched human instinct to return home. Mourad is known for making fantastical paintings in spontaneous collaboration with performing artists. His process for “Israel in Egypt” involves a technique of live painting that will be projected onto the walls of the hall, combined with animated sequences.
By Kevork Mourad. Courtesy of Mastervoices.