"I Was Born for This: An Interdisciplinary Sacred Music Drama"


Location: Leighton Concert Hall, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center

“I Was Born for This”
An Interdisciplinary Sacred Music Drama at Notre Dame on the image and impact of Joan of Arc.

April 4, 7:30 pm, Leighton Hall: Dreyer’s The Passion of Joan of Arc with Einhorn’s Voices of Light, performed by Notre Dame Vocale, the Notre Dame Festival Chorus and Orchestra with guest soloists; Mark Doerries, associate conductor; Carmen-Helena Téllez, conductor.

April 4-6, Philbin Theater: I was Born for This, an interactive art installation by Gwendolyn Terry, installation artist; Christopher Preissing, composer; and Charlie Simokaitis, video artist; with Daniel Hobbins, Associate Professor of History, University of Notre Dame.

In 2012, Sacred Music at Notre Dame received a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to develop sacred music dramas, conceived broadly as opportunities to reflect on important issues in culture and society through a dynamic interaction of the humanities and the arts. Sacred music dramas have appeared in many guises throughout history, and include Greek tragedies, medieval plays and even oratorios and operas. Under the artistic direction of Professor Carmen-Helena Téllez of Sacred Music at Notre Dame, the Interdisciplinary Sacred Music Dramas may be triggered by a preexisting art work, a new commission, or by current issues, but they will be characterized by integration of the arts and the humanities, immersive settings and interactivity with the audience.

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