EVENT: Oswego, NY New Darwin Oratorio Feb 6

World premiere of 'Origin' - a new oratorio on Darwin, by composer Richard Einhorn -- known to some Humanists as the blogger from the progressive American blog, Digby's Hullabaloo

The Origin, his new oratorio about the life and work of Charles Darwin, will have its world premiere at SUNY Oswego on Feb 6/7 in time for the 200th anniversary of the famed figure’s birth.

Texts for The Origin is drawn mostly from the published writings, notebooks and letters of Darwin, with a brief appearance by his wife, Emma. The words were compiled and arranged by poet Catherine Barnett and Einhorn.

You can read about the progress of the Oratorio, and see some musical clips on Digbysblog and Artswego As WCNY is involved, we may eventually be able to see the work on PBS.

Here is an excellent post by Einhorn on Darwin.

Conducted by Dr. Julie Pretzat, the multimedia production features Kitka, a Balkan vocal ensemble, soprano Jacqueline Horner of Anonymous 4, tenor Todd Graber, bass Eric Johnson and SUNY Oswego’s College Choir, College-Community Orchestra and Festival Chorus. Evocative video images by New York City filmmaker Bill Morrison will create the visual backdrop for the action.