Jonah is a new oratorio by prolific liturgical composer, Dan Montez. This audio recording is a live performance of the premiere in White Plains, New York presented by the soloists, chorus and orchestra of the Taconic Opera in June of 2014.
Jonah is based on the Biblical story of the famous prophet of the Christians, Muslims, and Jews. The work is based on and uses canonical texts. The work is a spiritual service focusing on the complete story of Jonah, with emphasis on the lessons he learned regarding mercy and forgiveness. It includes most of the major moments of the narrative, including his early experience as a prophet, his attempted escape to Tarshish, the conversion of those on the ship, his three days in the great fish, the repentance of Nineveh, the story of the gourd and the worm, and the important lessons he was taught along the way. The music is highly accessible, impressionistic in nature and feel, highly emotional, and yet musically restrained and peaceful.
Composer, Dan Montez, conducts the work himself.
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