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Sanctuary Road: An Oratorio Based on the Writings of William Still, a Conductor for the Underground Railroad (world premiere)
Music by Paul Moravec/Text by Mark Campbell
We Are One (world premiere) 
Behzad Ranjbaran
In Brahms's time, there were no digital audio systems, no sound-canceling headphones, no rooms acoustically designed to play recordings that aspired to emulate the extraordinary sound of live performance. There was only one way to hear Ein deutsches Requiem: Live.

There were no MP3s and no downloads of Handel. To hear Messiah meant hearing it in performance. And imagine the excitement of a world premiere which could only be experienced in a concert hall.

To this day, there is nothing quite like hearing the works of great choral composers performed live on a grand scale–with a chorus of two hundred voices, great soloists, a world-class orchestra, and a masterful conductor - in a magnificent venue designed specifically for musical performance.
Two timely world premieres mark the close of the Society’s season. 

Sanctuary Road: An Oratorio Based on the Writings of William Still, a Conductor for the Underground Railroad, by Pulitzer Prize winners Paul Moravec (music) and Mark Campbell (text) recounts Still’s first-hand experiences of journeys toward freedom on the Underground Railroad. Sanctuary Road was commissioned by the Oratorio Society of New York and dedicated to Kent Tritle with generous support from Joanne Spellun.
We Are One by Juilliard faculty member Behzad Ranjbaran, whose music possesses “radiant luminescence” (Washington Post), presents texts from different time periods, cultures, and languages that reflect on the human desire for mutual respect and peace. We Are One was commissioned in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra which has graciously allowed the Oratorio Society of New York to present the world premiere.

Together, Sanctuary Road and We Are One offer us hope that human dignity will prevail.
Individual concert tickets ranges from $25 to $100; season subscriptions from $47 to $252. To order, email tickets@oratoriosocietyofny.org. Single tickets available through Carnegie Hall as of September 2017.

Put down the headphones. Come hear grand choral music live.