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
- Pages and illuminations from The Saint John's Bible will be on exhibit in the concert hall lobby
- Images from The Saint John's Bible will be projected above the orchestra during the concert
- Calligraphers will be on hand to create personalized mementos of the event
Music Director Christopher Zimmerman drew inspiration for this concert from the aesthetic beauty and ecumenical spirit of The St. John’s Bible project. 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.
This concert is a collaboration with
"Illuminating Word: The Saint John's Bible" exhibit at
Hjemkomst Center Museum October 1 - December 31
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.