FM Symphony Presents Concert Inspired By Saint John’s Bible

Three years ago, when local calligrapher Anne Kaese and HCSCC Executive Director Maureen Kelly Johnson got the idea to bring the Saint John’s Bible to the Hjemkomst, they knew they wanted to collaborate with other art organizations in the Metro to promote this rare opportunity for the community.

Kaese explained how, though The Saint John’s Bible is 500 years old, they would be presenting it in a 21st century perspective. This idea took FM Symphony Executive Director Linda Boyd by surprise, and she couldn’t help but say yes.

The FM Symphony presents “The Illuminated Soul” at NDSU’s Festival Concert Hall on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. The concert includes four beautiful pieces delicately picked by Linda Boyd and FM Symphony Music Director Christopher Zimmerman.

When choosing the pieces, the pair looked at the aesthetic beauty and ecumenical spirit of The Saint John’s Bible project.

“It is for the world we are in now. It weaves in all different world religions, languages, and people, and we were struck by that,” says Boyd.

The four pieces they chose are Ave Maria by Max Bruch, Schelomo by Ernest Bloch (both of which feature cellist Inbal Segev), Death and Transfiguration by Richard Strauss and Rainbow Body by Christopher Theofanidis.

The cross between the music and images will be a multimedia experience people won’t want to miss. Kaese put together images that will be projected throughout the concert to coincide with each song as it’s performed.

For example, the third piece, Death and Transfiguration, will display various pictures and depictions of creation, including the Hubble telescope woven into the images.

Entrance to the “Illuminated Soul: The Saint John’s Bible” exhibit at the Hjemkomst.

“When people say that, in this modern world, people are so into their little personal digital world, I think the one thing that has never changed is the power of a live experience, and to add onto that, experiencing it with other people,” says Boyd.

From the instant people walk through doors they will be entertained. One hour before the show begins, full size reproductions of the Saint John’s Bible will be on display in the lobby. Calligraphy markers will be available for the public to try, along with calligraphers present to write people’s names on bookmarks.

Tickets to the FM Symphony’s “The Illuminated Soul” performance are $14-$38. For more information please visit www.fmsymphony.org or call 701-478-3676.

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