Unfinished Sermons: a parable for church performance in one act Scene 3
About the Opera
This opera represents a narrative that is being worked out in countless congregations across the country. It is the story of two people - one grounded in tradition, the other excited by new conceptions of faith. There is also a third voice, the chorus. On the simplest, human level, it represents the spirit and wisdom of the everyday faithful, who are often caught between the contentions of these two polarities - yet through their steadfast and simple devotion hold possible clues to a resolution. On another level, the chorus also represents the ageless voice of wisdom, reminding us that there is a greater ground of faith which holds us all together in this grand tension – ( perhaps intentionally? ) – while affirming timeless truths. In support of the work�s theme, the score blends new musical ideas with traditional sounds. The tension of this parable - like the real tension felt by many today - is over who truly holds the legitimate interpretation of the faith. The argument is the struggle to find the truth. The argument itself is a sign of life. together in this grand tension while affirming timeless truths. In support of the work�s theme, the score blends new musical ideas with traditional sounds. The tension of this parable - like the real tension felt by many today - is over who truly holds the legitimate interpretation of the faith. The argument is the struggle to find the truth. The argument itself is a sign of life.
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