Oregon Repertory Singers presents Passion & Resurrection
Our 39th season concludes with a pairing of two major works for choir and string orchestra on sacred themes. The first, Jesu Meine Freude, by Johann Sebastian Bach is one of the greatest works of musical architecture every conceived. The piece is constructed as a giant musical arch: eleven movements with parallel structures with one of Bach's greatest fugues as its centerpiece. Jseu Meine Freude is striking for the strength and clarity of its word-painting, bringing the poetry he sets to life as he moves and entertains.
Passion & Resurrection, by young Latvian Composer Eriks Esenvalds (pictured)is not well-known in the US, but it will be. Eriks is just 36 years old but his recent works have been recorded by the best choirs in Europe and received numerous awards and recognitions. We are particularly honored that he will be coming to Portland for our performance.
Passion & Resurrection is a supremely dramatic work made up of a fragmentary collection of texts and sounds played by string orchestra. This is modern music that embraces themes and styles from a wide range of cultures, as snatches from the gospel are contrasted wistfully in hushed tones before a riotous outburst of the crucifixion followed by a soloist chanting words of Mary Magdalene, greeting the resurrection without truly understanding what has happened. Hope wins out in the end, but we have to hear through the chaos of the crowd to glean its message.
First United Methodist Church (View)
1838 Southwest Jefferson Street
Portland, OR, OR 97201
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