THE ILLUMINATED SOUL
Saturday, Nov. 18 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, Nov. 19 at 2:00 pm
NDSU Festival Concert Hall
An inspired collaboration of imagery and music to illuminate the spirit
Music Director Christopher Zimmerman drew inspiration for this concert from the aesthetic beauty and ecumenical spirit of The St. John’s Bible project. This incredible work of calligraphy, illustration and spiritual illumination will be featured in Moorhead at the Hjemkomst Center October 1 to December 31 in "Illuminating the Word: The St. John's Bible" exhibit.
The music on the concert gestures to both the Old and New Testaments as well as pure, wordless spiritual expression. Israeli-born cellist INBAL SEGEV will be featured on two pieces in the first half of the concert, Ave Maria by Max Bruch and Schelomo (Solomon) by Ernest Bloch. The second half of the program will showcase the orchestra in the spectacular yet moving tone poem Death and Transfiguration by Richard Strauss, followed by Rainbow Body, a shimmering piece by contemporary composer Christopher Theofanidis, who was inspired by the Tibetan Buddhist idea of the “rainbow body” wherin the body of an enlightened being is absorbed back into the universe upon his or her death.
There will be prints and full color reproductions of several of the actual St. John's Bible calligraphied and illuminated pages on display (courtesy of the Hjemkomst Center) in the lobby before the concert and during intermission.
BANNER IMAGE: "Creation," Donald Jackson with contribution by Chris Tomlin, Copyright 2003, The Saint John’s Bible and the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library, Order of Saint Benedict, Collegeville, Minnesota, USA. Detail from image.