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The Path A Buddhist Cantata by Justin Merritt

April 22, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm


St. Olaf College Ole Arts presents at Orchestra Hall: The Path, a concert-length cantata based on texts from the Pali Canon, the most ancient Buddhist scriptures. This world premiere, conducted by Steven Amundson, will feature performances by over 300 musicians, including the St. Olaf Choir, St. Olaf Orchestra, St. Olaf Chapel Choir, and soloists Tracey Engleman, Tammy Hensrud, and Alan Dunbar.

From composer Justin Merritt: For 2500 years, Buddhist monks and nuns have chanted the dhamma, the teachings of the Buddha, in Pali, the ancient language of Buddhism. The Path is a setting of 28 of these texts, taken from the oldest collection of Buddhist texts. It includes deep statements of philosophy like The Fire Sermon, which T. S. Eliot called the Sermon on the Mount for Buddhists. It has touching stories of the early monks and nuns, like Bhadda, who gave up everything to search for enlightenment. It has inspiring poetry like the Metta Sutta which is recited by school kids across Sri Lanka. I spent 7 years translating and setting each of these texts for the St. Olaf Choir, St. Olaf Orchestra, St. Olaf Chapel Choir and soloists. The music ranges from dense and dissonant to lovely and innocent, from simple to fiercely challenging. It ends with a testament to the power of joy.

Please note:  This event is approximately 90 minutes and performed without an intermission.  A pre-concert talk with composer Justin Merritt will precede the event at 1:00pm. 

爱好音乐的孩子和父母欢迎参加, 不可错过的机会。 三百多圣欧拉夫音乐系音乐人倾情演出,集声乐,管弦乐,打击乐,用现代古典音乐(modern classical music)演绎早期佛教的故事. 作品全篇28章。 下午一点是作曲家座谈会,爱好音乐演奏或作曲的小朋友可以与作曲家互动。


April 22, 2018
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm