Take advantage of this tremendous opportunity and experience Howard Goodall’s Invictus: A Passion, performed by St. Mark’s Choir and Orchestra under the direction of the tremendously talented Peter Madpak, this Wednesday, March 6 at 6:30p in the sanctuary.
A Note from the composer:
I wanted to reflect on what this story had to tell us, now. Traditionally, the Passion narrative has taken excerpts from the Christian gospels to describe and reflect upon the final hours of the life of Jesus of Nazareth, his doubts in the Garden of Gethsemane, his trial, his public humiliation and torture, his crucifixion, his body’s disappearance from the tomb and the climatic miracle of his resurrection from the dead. Whilst this final event is one uniquely adhered to by believing Christians, much of the Passion in general—persecution of the innocent, malevolent authority exerting itself against ideas that threaten and challenge the power of a peaceful, loving humility in the face of tyranny, the facing-down of fear—holds profound universal resonance for people of many faiths and those of none. It is this universal meaning that my Invictus: A Passion hopes to address, so that, like Eternal Light: A Requiem, it might find relevance with choirs and their audiences or congregations everywhere.