Processions
Composer: James P. Callahan
Librettist: Mark Pizzato
Other Artistic Personnel: James Callahan, Conductor; Mark Pizzato, Director; Alan Bryan, Musical Director; Greg Morrissey, Designer; Alicia Wold, Costumer
Original Cast: University of St. Thomas Concert Choir, The College of St. Catherine Women's Chorus, The St. Thomas Singers, Vigil Quartet: Christina Spaeth, Melissa Schuch, Bryan Pederson, Peter Frenz. Soloists: Linda Valerian, Robert Strusinky, Michael Laurel, Jeff Madison, Erin Hickey, Anne Stricker, Diego Arizpeleta, Alan Bryan, Scott Jenquin, Josephine Morrow, Daniel Haugen, Bridget Murphy, Dede Jorstad, Aimee Petra, Maria Michalski, Wes Halberg, Irene Saponara
Premiere Date: April 19, 1996
Producing Company: University of St. Thomas
Description: Three choirs of pilgrims process through the church, bearing offerings and singing to their God. When the pilgrims depart, a smaller group remains to keep a vigil through the night. They have a vision of other people who are provoked into their own processions due to tragic circumstances: starving villagers in a desert, guerilla soldiers who take over the chapel, mothers who are protesting the disappearance of their children, and refugees fleeing into a mountain pass. In the end, the visionary experience of the vigil choir collides with the processions and prayers of the returning pilgrims.
Length: 01:20
Total Acts: 1
Chorus: 2 SATB choirs, 1 SA choir
Orchestration: org, cl, gtr, 3 perc
Musical Style: Eclectic: chanting, tonal, non-tonal, purely sonic, drumming
Contact: James Callahan
Address: 2115 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105
Phone: 612-962-5856
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