PAUL MORAVEC (b.1957): Sanctuary Road.
Catalogue Number: 01V067
Description: Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Moravec has once again collaborated with librettist Mark Campbell to create the second of his “American historical oratorios.” Sanctuary Road draws on the astonishing stories to be found in William Still’s book “The Underground Railroad”, which documents the network of secret routes and safe houses used by African American slaves to escape into free states and Canada during the early to mid- 1800s. The epic nature of these stories of courage, perseverance and sacrifice is transformed into an enthralling saga, heard here at its world premiere performance at Carnegie Hall- a performance acclaimed by “BroadwayWorld” for its “riveting, pulsating wall of sound and stellar soloists.” Texts included. Laquita Mitchell (soprano), Raehann Bryce-Davis (mezzo), Joshua Blue (tenor), Malcolm J. Merriweather (baritone), Dashon Burton (bass), Oratorio Society of New York Chorus and Orchestra; Kent Tritle.