Posted on 15 June 2018
by MMNY Staff
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In this participatory choral program open to all interested vocalists, producer Melissa Gerstein and conductor Douglas Anderson team up to bring George Fredric Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus” – from his Messiah oratorio, the oldest continuously performed piece of Classical music – out of the concert hall and onto the streets of NYC.
Prior to the winter solstice, participants can access a free, specially crafted sound file to download to their smart phone at MakeMusicNY.org. Then, on December 21st, singers congregate at one of four popular locations spread throughout Manhattan and gather into vocal groups (soprano, alto, tenor, bass). Wearing a single ear bud to hear the sound file, which includes an orchestral introduction to set the tempo and pitch, singers and their conductor then synchronize the start of the performance and make their way among the crowds. To the surprise of bystanders, a seemingly spontaneous outburst of the famous choral piece unfolds in their midst, while performers revel in the joy of creating a unique, full-throated version of the choral masterwork.
WHEN AND WHERE:
The Mobile Hallelujah will kick off from Verdi Square and then travel to three additional popular Manhattan locations. Participants and fans can travel along to the performances in all four locations, or join the procession at any spot that is most convenient.
HOW TO JOIN:
Any singer who knows their part to the chorus is welcomed and encouraged to participate simply by showing up to their preferred location by the start time, but if you know you will be participating please send a courtesy email with the subject line “Mobile Hallelujah” to melissa.gerstein
Prior to the day of the parade, download a free version of the SoundCloud app and The Mobile Hallelujah sound file available at MakeMusicNY.org. You can also download the sheet music for free here. And if you want to practice your part ahead of time, free files are available on Cyberbass.
Not in Manhattan, but interesting in singing? Create your own borough performance by contacting us at info@MakeMusicNY.org!
Illustration by Kyle Lambert of Callout Creative