The Collegiate Chorale (now MasterVoices). Photo by Erin Baiano.
The Collegiate Chorale (now MasterVoices). Photo by Erin Baiano.

Naamah's Ark, June 17 at 7pm
Rockefeller Park, entrance at Warren Street and River Terrace

All events in the River To River Festival are free and open to the public.  There are no tickets or RSVPs needed for Naamah's Ark. Please note, as sunny weather is predicted, hats and sunscreen are recommended. 

This dramatic oratorio by composer Marisa Michelson and librettist Royce Vavrek tells the story of Noah’s Ark from the perspective of Noah’s wife. Naamah is a strong woman who must guide the diverse species of animals in coming together as the Ark reaches dry land. From the birds to the hippos, each group has its own concerns. Can they learn to live together after the crisis has passed? In a new version of the piece, community members from Lower Manhattan join MasterVoices, led by Ted Sperling, in shared music-making to explore themes of diversity, the role of women in society and the possible devastation of climate change. Featuring Victoria Clark in the title role of Naamah.

Composer: Marisa Michelson
Librettist: Royce Vavrek
Performed by MasterVoices
Conductor: Ted Sperling
Naamah: Victoria Clark
Merman: Sachal Vasandani

Musical and artistic participation by:
Max Frieder, Co-Founder and Co-Director of Artolution
Cantor Rebecca Garfein of Congregation Rodeph Sholom
Jerriese Johnson Gospel Choir of Middle Collegiate Church
Stuyvesant High School Chorus (Liliya Shamazov, Director)
Presented in collaboration with MasterVoices and Battery Park City Authority at Rockefeller Park

Ark in the Park, June 17, 1-5pm
Rockefeller Park, entrance at Warren Street and River Terrace

**Participatory art project before the concert: Free Art-Making Project For All Ages

Come and help create large animal “sculptures” to adorn Rockefeller Park for the Naamah’s Ark concert at 7pm!  These sculptures will be colorful, whimsical pieces of art made from found objects, and the public is encouraged to help in their creation.  Max Frieder, founder of Artolution, will give instructions and show you how it’s done!

Presented in partnership with


Battery Park City Authority