Ted Sperling Talks MasterVoices’ Multidisciplinary Take on Adam Guettel’s Myths and Hymns
The second episode of the project, which speaks uniquely to 2021, streams February 24.
Now almost one year into the COVID-19 pandemic that shuttered most live performances worldwide, theatre fans have become more than acquainted with watching virtual performances by actors and singers in a grid of Zoom squares.
But Broadway My Fair Lady and King and I conductor-music director Ted Sperling, now at the helm of New York City community choir MasterVoices, is bursting outside of that box with a project that has mixed the world of choral performance, musical theatre, visual art, and filmmaking. The group is presenting Light in the Piazza-composer Adam Guettel’s song cycle Myths and Hymns as a multi-episode series. The second episode, “Work,” premieres on YouTube February 24 at 6:30 PM ET, with performances from Shoshana Bean, Michael McElroy, John Lithgow, Daniel Breaker, and more.
“It became clear pretty quickly last spring that we were not going to be able to perform anything live this season,” shares Sperling. “I immediately started to watch what people were doing, and predicting ahead I thought ‘This is fantastic what everybody is doing right now, but I bet six months or a year from now, people will have fatigue of watching people in a grid singing.”