New York Baroque Incorporated and MasterVoices join forces to present Israel in Egypt (HWV 54) by George Frideric Handel in Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium.
This performance of Israel in Egypt features Syrian-Armenian visual artist Kevork Mourad, who will create a combination of pre-composed film and in-the-moment paintings to be projected onto the walls of Stern Auditorium.
From Mourad, “This story is very familiar to me because of my Armenian background. My ancestors were forced to leave their homes 100 years ago and were welcomed by Syrians. And now this has happened to the Syrians: almost half the population has been forced to leave their homes. The story of the Exodus is mirrored in the refugee crisis in the country of my birth, Syria, and many other countries around the world, where people are forced out of their homes due to violence and economic hardship. History is repeating itself, and the idea of finding a new home, the right to safety, is something that resonates with me, the descendant of refugees.”