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