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Al-Quds: Jerusalem

Mohammed Fairouz, composer
Naomi Shihab Nye, poetry
Andrew Cyr, conductor
Eve Gigliotti, mezzo-soprano
ModernMedieval Trio of Voices
Metropolis Ensemble
Axion Estin Foundation

A MetLiveArts Commission & World Premiere

"One of the most talented composers of his generation."—BBC World News

Jerusalem is often described as a city of three faiths, but that vastly underestimates its multilayered complexity. History records harmonious and dissonant voices of people from many lands, passing in the narrow streets of a city not much larger than Midtown Manhattan. In conjunction with the exhibition Jerusalem 1000-1400: Every People Under Heaven, MetLiveArts commissioned composer Mohammed Fairouz and poet Naomi Shihab Nye to respond to some of these voices by creating a new song cycle for mezzo-soprano, strings, and percussion. The Grammy-nominated Metropolis Ensemble (led by conductor Andrew Cyr) and mezzo-soprano soloist Eve Gigiliotti will perform the world premiere.

The new work will be "embraced" by two works: O Jerusalem by Hildegard von Bingen performed by Modern Medieval Trio of Voices, and Eastern Orthodox chants in multiple languages performed by the Axion Estin Foundation’s psaltes (cantors)—hymns and psalms include Acts of the Apostles (Acts 2:5-11).

Bring the Kids for $1.

This program is made possible by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, Sarah Billinghurst Solomon and the William S. Lieberman Fund.

It is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Jerusalem: 1000–1400: Every People Under Heaven, on view September 26, 2016–January 8, 2017.

Tickets to this event include Museum admission.

Enjoy a pre-performance drink in the Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium. Doors will open approximately one hour prior to the event and you may purchase a drink and relax in your seat prior to the show.

Above: Crusaders Advance on Jerusalem (detail), ca. 1158. Made in France. Pot-metal glass, 19 3/4 in. (50.1 cm). Glencairn Museum, Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania (03.SG.156)