The text and music of Haydn’s Nelson Mass tell a complex story of the emotions experienced in wars and other troubled times.
These spaces that cross over the boundaries of our usual life are often referred to as “liminal.” Often they represent the first phase of a process that may take us somewhere new and unexpected, then back to the place we started, with a difference.
The wedding shirt is both tangible and mysterious, and it carries metaphoric weight from start to finish. It also reflects the realities surrounding women’s roles in society and the attention to the fabric arts throughout history.
Soprano Kitty Hughes explores the yearning for love and the race toward death that are knitted together through the maiden’s unfulfilled longings in Dvorak’s The Spectre’s Bride.
In preparing to sing Mendelssohn’s St. Paul Oratorio, I embarked upon a project to read the story of St. Paul’s life and his letters, beginning with “Acts” in my King James version of the Bible. I was struck by the sudden and overwhelming moment of Paul’s conversion on the road to Damascus.