Tickets are now available for this unique and important presentation of Michael Tippett’s rarely performed oratorio. Conscientious objector Michael Tippett wrote this work in the midst of WWII, and it was performed in 1944, months before the end of the war.
The work, carefully laid out in three parts, was written in response to the events that led to Kristallnacht, the wave of anti-Jewish pogroms that began in 1938. Tippett examines the underlying themes that informed that event. He interweaves African American spirituals with references to the oratorios of Bach and Handel in a timeless work about human light and darkness, despair and hope, and the dreadful destruction of war.
The Oregon Jewish Museum has partnered with the Portland Symphonic Choir to curate a series of images that will be projected during the performance, adding a powerful visual component to the event. “We are thankful for OJM’s partnership on this project,” says Dr. Steven Zopfi, Artistic Director for the Portland Symphonic Choir. “We believe that the images will truly bring to life the experience the composer was living as he wrote the work, and will engage our community in a deeper understanding of social justice issues throughout time.”
Joining 140 members of the Portland Symphonic Choir onstage will be 49 members of the Portland Sinfonietta and four outstanding soloists, featuring Marlette Buchanan, soprano, Andre Flynn, bass baritone, Carl Halvorson, tenor, and Angela Niederloh, mezzo soprano.