CENTER HIGHLIGHT: 10/8 and 10/9 Sacred Music at Notre Dame: Journeying La Divina Commedia

image-dante-and-his-world-webNext weekend we have quite the event here at the Center. The Sacred Music Department along with our Tech team have been painstakingly putting together this immersive event for next Saturday and Sunday. There’s going to be multiple locations used and audience participation, so ushers are much needed. Here is the official synopsis:

Journeying La Divina Commedia: Desert, Discovery, Song… is the third of the Sacred Music Dramas, presented by Sacred Music at Notre Dame and Notre Dame Vocale—with support from the Mellon Foundation and additional support from the Ann Stookey Fund; and with the collaboration of Italian Studies, the Devers Program in Dante Studies and the Department of Film, Television, and Theatre.

The audience may remember “I Was Born For This” with film, oratorio and sculpture on Joan of Arc; and “Elijah” or The Jewish Artist in the Western World” with the stellar performance by baritone Nathan Gunn.

Produced and directed by conductor Carmen-Helena Téllez, with stage direction by eminent director Anton Juan, Journeying La Divina Commedia features a libretto by the celebrated Dante scholar Robin Kirkptarick (University of Cambridge) and the artistic work of some of the most visionary artists from the region and beyond, including composers Robert Kyr (Oratorio Paradiso) and Christopher Preissing (Inferno and Purgatorio soundscapes); Gwendolyn Terry (sculptural installations), Ohm David (set design), Kevin Dreyer (lighting design), Joshua Ingle (sound design) and Liviu Pasare, Hugh Sato and Allison Evans (video art).

The expressive choreography of Kristina Isabelle and Ayako Kato joins the vocal artistry of baritone Fernando Araujo (Dante) and Arwen Myers (Beatrice), with Notre Dame alum Matt Goodrich giving life to the poet Virgil. Dante scholar Vittorio Montemaggi led a group of other scholars at Notre Dame in their preparation of the concept for this presentation. Notre Dame alumni and students join the faculty and guest artists in the recreation of Dante’s vision with the support of technology designed by Professor of Engineering Jay Brockman.

Event includes mature content. Portions of the performance include audience participation. If you would rather not participate, please notify the usher upon arrival.

There you have it! Please sign up to take part in something special!

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