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The Path A Buddhist Cantata by Justin Merritt

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.  The Minnesota Orchestra does not perform on this program. All artists, programs, prices, dates and times subject to change. All sales are final; no refunds. Prices listed include a non-discountable $2.50 facility fee. There are no service charges for in-person transactions at the Orchestra Hall Box Office or Minnesota Orchestra Administrative Offices. There is a $5.00 service charge per transaction for all phone and online orders.

Location Orchestra Hall
1111 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis
MN
55403
http://www.minnesotaorchestra.org
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The Path A Buddhist Cantata by Justin Merritt

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Sun Apr 22 2018 2pm

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.  The Minnesota Orchestra does not perform on this program. All artists, programs, prices, dates and times subject to change. All sales are final; no refunds. Prices listed include a non-discountable $2.50 facility fee. There are no service charges for in-person transactions at the Orchestra Hall Box Office or Minnesota Orchestra Administrative Offices. There is a $5.00 service charge per transaction for all phone and online orders.