A Nation of Others
by PAUL MORAVEC and MARK CAMPBELL
also featuring ROBERT PATERSON Whitman’s America
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall
November 15, 2022 at 8 PM
Kent Tritle conductor
Susanna Phillips soprano • Maeve Höglund soprano
Raehann Bryce-Davis mezzo-soprano
Martin Bakari tenor • Steven Eddy baritone
Joseph Beutel bass-baritone
Orchestra of the Society
The Oratorio Society of New York is very excited to present the world premiere of A Nation of Others, by Paul Moravec and Mark Campbell, the Pulitzer Prize-winning team that created the enormously successful Sanctuary Road. In a moving and dynamic score, A Nation of Others explores the experiences of immigrants—many of them also refugees—arriving at Ellis Island on a single day in 1921. Individual stories of people from Sicily, Ukraine, Ireland, Sweden, Poland, Armenia, and Spain show the struggles immigrants can face, but also celebrate the fusion of diverse cultures that give our country its identity.
New York Classical Review called Moravec’s and Campbell’s previous OSNY-commissioned oratorio, Sanctuary Road, “a contemporary work that needs to be heard.”
Also on the program is Robert Paterson’s “quasi-fantasia” Whitman’s America, six poems that praise nature and our role in it as both individuals and Americans.
The commission and performance of A Nation of Others are made possible through the generous support of Joanne Spellun