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Unpacking Murder & Redemption: II

Posted on 8 Feb 2017 by Cristina Maldonado

“First, the sky turned yellow and the sun glowed red. Then, the moon too took on an ominous crimson appearance. And finally, as cattle became agitated in the fields, on the morning of 19 May 1780, the sun failed to rise at all, and the world was plunged into utter darkness.”

The day was Friday 19 May, 1780. The place was New England in the US – which was actually pretty much all of populated new America at that time. It was not an eclipse and it was not a thunderstorm. The unrelenting black of the sky led people to believe that it was the end of the world*.

And while much of the population was preparing for doomsday, a small group of religious fanatics, led by the indomitable Mother Ann Lee, were shaking with ecstatic joy. For this was the day Mother Ann had chosen to introduce America to the United Society of Believers in Christ’s Second Appearing (aka The Shakers). And they thought that this was the day for which they had been longing!

In Murder & Redemption, Pekka brings to the stage much loved Shaker and Shaker-inspired works, which alongside folk songs of salvation, take audiences from the darkness into light.

2 - 14 February 2017
Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Newcastle and Sydney.

Pekka Kuusisto Director & Violin
Sam Amidon Voice, Guitar & Banjo
Australian Chamber Orchestra

 (arr. Muhly) Kedron
JANÁČEK (arr. strings) String Quartet No.1 ‘Kreutzer Sonata’: I. Adagio con moto
TRAD. (arr. Muhly) Way Go Lily
JANÁČEK (arr. strings) String Quartet No.1 ‘Kreutzer Sonata’: II. Con moto
TRAD. (arr. Muhly) Wild Bill Jones
JANÁČEK (arr. strings) String Quartet No.1 ‘Kreutzer Sonata’: III. Con moto – Vivace – Andante – Tempo I
TRAD. (arr. Muhly) How Come That Blood
JANÁČEK (arr. strings) String Quartet No.1 ‘Kreutzer Sonata’: IV. Con moto
TRAD. The Redemption Set
ADAMS, John Shaker Loops: I. Shaking and trembling
BRACKETT Traditional Shaker hymn: Simple Gifts
ADAMS, John Shaker Loops: II. Hymning slews, III. Loops and verses, IV. A final shaking


*A study of tree ring patterns (dendochronology) and fire scars has confirmed that it was wild fires near the Great Lakes, coupled with fog and cloud cover that produced the day of darkness.