Bonhoeffer — a choral-theater composition from Thomas Lloyd, Haverford professor of music and director of the Choral and Vocal Studies Program for Haverford and Bryn Mawr Colleges will be performed by the professional chamber choir The Crossing, under the direction of Donald Nally on Saturday, Sept. 12, at Union Theological Seminary in New York and Sunday, Sept. 13, at the Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral. A post-concert talk-back with the composer will follow each performance.
Bonhoeffer is based on a libretto compiled by Lloyd from the letters of Dietrich Bonhoeffer — the influential Lutheran theologian who was part of the “Stauffenberg Plot” to assassinate Adolf Hitler — and his fiancé Maria von Wedemeyer — a Bryn Mawr College alumnae who received her master’s in mathematics in 1950. Of the work’s March 2013 premiere performance, The Philadelphia Inquirer’s David Patrick Stearns wrote, “Sometimes you just don’t see a significant piece coming….Thomas Lloyd’s choral theater piece Bonhoeffer…was a fully realized 70-minute work and a breakthrough for all concerned…Herein lies the piece’s hallmark: While it effectively airs many philosophical questions that keep your mind busy long after the performance, it is never weighed down by them, and is rich in musical substance.”
Videos of the premier production and further background on the music are available at Lloyd’s website. A recent interview with Lloyd by Bonhoeffer scholar Victoria Barnett can be found on the international Bonhoeffer website.
PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE AND TICKET INFORMATION
Bonhoeffer, Performed by The Crossing, Directed by Donald Nally
Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015 at 8 p.m.
Union Theological Seminary, New York
Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015, at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral
Advance tickets may be purchased online at www.crossingchoir.com/purchase.html for $30; $20 for seniors and students. Day-of-show tickets may be purchased at the venue for $35; $25 for seniors and students.