SING in a World Premiere. SING in Central Park. SING in the Mostly Mozart Festival.

John Luther Adams, Composer

Simon Halsey, Conductor

What is "In the Name of the Earth"

In the Name of the Earth is an ambitious piece that is comprised of 4 separate scores, titled North, South, East, and West. Each score will be performed by a chorus, and in the finale all singers will be conducted by Simon Halsey. The piece will be sung entirely a cappella and performed outdoors in the north east corner of Central Park.

The performance is free and open to the public. Further performance details will be posted on this page closer to the performance date.

In the event of rain, the performance will take place on August 11 at 3pm at The Cathedral of St. John the Divine.

Performance Information

The performance will take place outdoors in the afternoon of August 11. Shade may be limited. Singers will be required to walk to their initial position (approx 15 minutes) and stand for the length of the performance (45 minutes) on grass or unpaved terrain. Singers will be required to walk during one specific portion of the piece (no longer than 10 minutes).

Singers with mobility challenges who wish to sing should send an email to [email protected] for further information. Please allow 5 business days for a reply.

Please see the FAQ section for more information.

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What defines an “Experienced”/Group 1 singer?

Singers with considerable choral experience; for whom singing is a regular activity whether in a choral group or otherwise. Ability to read music is strongly recommended.

What defines a Group 2 singer?

Singers who may have some experience singing, but perhaps not in a formal choral group; singers who can hold a tune and have a good ear for pitch. Ability to read music is recommended but not required.

What will the music be like? Will it be difficult?

Experienced singers may find the piece challenging but not overly difficult with sufficient rehearsal. For the Group 2 singers, the vocal section will not be overly difficult. The spoken word and instrumental sections will require instruction and rehearsal but are not too difficult.

The piece will require commitment and effort but it will be rewarding!

Can I see the score in before I sign up?

As this is a World Premiere, the score cannot be released in advance.

I sing in a choral group. Can I sign up with them?

Please register as an individual and, where noted, please select which choral group you sing with.

I tried to register but I don’t see the Group of my choice listed.

Places are limited in the Experienced choruses as we must maintain a balance across all vocal parts. If you do not see your Group of choice, this means it is full. We encourage you to select the Wait List option as we expect places to become available by late June and we will notify registrants individually.

When will there be more information about the rehearsals?

Singers will receive an email in May with more detailed information about rehearsal times and locations and any other updates.

What is the recommended age for children to participate?

The recommended age is 10+ due to the length and nature of the piece. All minors (children under 18 at the time of the first rehearsal) must be accompanied by a Parent/Guardian to each rehearsal and at the Performance.

Guardians must register themselves first and the registration for the child will be completed at the first rehearsal. Please complete this form: Under 18 Guardian.

Will I need to wear a costume?


Will there be choreography?

No. All choruses will need to walk from one position in the Park to another, timed with the music. There will not be any choreography.

My question is not answered here. Who can I contact?

Please send your questions to : [email protected] You can expect a reply within 5 business days.