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Via Dolorosa Concert


The Kentucky Symphony Orchestra’s 2018-19 Passport to musical adventure
takes audiences across the globe. On November 17th, at 7:30pm, here at the Cathedral, the KSO teams up with the St. Peter in Chains Cathedral Choir for the North American premiere of Paweł Łukeszewski’s Via Crucis.
 
“Bringing new, serious and expressive music to the U.S. and Tristate, and performing such works in an appropriate venue with first-rate performers became the catalyst for this program. Having worked with the St. Peter in Chains Cathedral Choir and director Anthony DiCello in 2016 on the premiere of Kim Arnesen’s Magnificat, everyone who performed and attended the program found the performance to be both moving and memorable. We hope to generate a similar musical/spiritual aura with this Fall’s collaboration, though the text, music and style of Lukeszewski’s work are completely different,” commented KSO music director James Cassidy.
 
The program opens with Pulitzer Prize and Grammy Award-winning composer
Jennifer Higdon’s “Blue Cathedral.” Commenting on the 12-minute orchestral work
from 2000, Higdon describes the cathedral as a space for spiritual contemplation,
growth and expression — “a symbolic doorway into and out of this world.” The orchestral work requiresmusicians to play crystal glasses, tuned by the amount of water in each, and Chinese reflex bells creating ethereal sounds of time and distance.
 
Paweł Łukesewski is Poland’s most prolific and well-known living composer,
specializing in anti-modern choral and instrumental writing. His 50-minute Via Crucis (2000) is written for 8-part chorus, orchestra, counter tenor (Evangelist), tenor (Pilate, Simon), baritone (Jesus), narrator and organ. The work, sung in Latin, is a powerful, yet hauntingly beautiful musical depiction of the 14 Stations of the Cross. (Łukeszewski includes the Resurrection as a 15th Station.) Jarring, heavy hammer-like blows (1-14) announce the arrival at each Station. (The opening is somewhat reminiscent of the opening of Orff’s Carmina Burana). The visceral scene gives way each time to a serene, uplifting calm of a 5-part women’s choir singing “Adoramus Te, Sanctissme Domine Jesu Christe.”
 
As the procession to each station continues along the “Way of Sorrows,“ the frescos of the Stations adorning the walls of the Nave of the Cathedral will be illuminated, and also be viewed on monitors in the front of the church so the audience can virtually walk the Stations as the work proceeds.
Join the The Kentucky Symphony Orchestra and the St. Peter in Chains Cathedral Choir for a sonic / spiritual procession of the Via Dolorosa at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, November 17, at St. Peter in Chains Cathedral, Cincinnati, OH.
 
Reserved seating tickets are $19, $27, $35 (children ages 6-18 are 50% off) and are available online at kyso.org, by phone—(859) 431-6216, or at the door.
 


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