March 24: Augustana Choir, Faculty Musicians, Actors to Present St. Mark Passion Cantata

Event Details


Date: March 23, 2013

Times: 3 p.m.

Location: Washington Pavilion

Ticket Info: $15 for adults; $10 for seniors | free for students with a valid ID | Tickets: www.washingtonpavilion.org

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The Augustana Choir, Augustana faculty musicians and student actors will present the “St. Mark Passion,” a cantata based on the suffering of the Messiah, according to the Gospel of Mark, at 3 p.m. on Palm Sunday, March 24, at the Washington Pavilion.

The Cantata was created by Dr. Christopher Stanichar, associate professor of music; Dr. Richard Swanson, professor of religion; Dr. James Johnson; and Dr. Patrick Hicks, Augustana’s Writer-in-Residence and associate professor of English. The four were recipients of the 2009 Granskou Award, a professional development grant for faculty and administrators.

The collaborators divided the project into four components: Dr. Swanson translated the biblical passages and arranged the libretto, which includes poetry written by Dr. Hicks; Dr. Stanichar composed the music; and Dr. Paul Nesheim will direct the Choir. Augustana's theatre department is creating the staging for the work, as well as costumes and lighting design.

Tickets for the event are $15 for adults; $10 for seniors; free for students with a valid ID and available through the Washington Pavilion box office.

IMAGE ABOVE: "Christ the Redeemer," by Andrei Rublev.