On September 22 and 24, conductor Jetro de Oliveira presents the world premiere of James Lee III’s new oratorio A Revelação Através do Santuário (The Revelation through the Sanctuary) in Americana (Sao Paulo State), Brazil.
The Revelation through the Sanctuary is a five-movement, large-scale work for chorus and orchestra featuring Lee’s text- settings from the Book of Revelation as well as the composer’s own prose based on those texts. Oliveira conducts the choral ensembles UNASP Music Education Chorale and Officina Vocalis, along with the Municipal Symphonic Orchestra of Americana. Both concerts will also showcase the South American premiere of Lee’s orchestral work Sukkot Through Orion´s Nebula, which was commissioned by the Sphinx Organization and premiered in 2011 by the New World Symphony, led by Michael Tilson Thomas.
“I met James only once,” Oliveira shares, “and it was many, many years ago… At that time, I was finishing my master’s degree in conducting at Andrews University (MI), and James was starting college. One of our professors introduced us, and said that perhaps we might do something together in the future. Well, the time has come! As a musician, I’m interested in the aesthetic, emotional, and spiritual qualities of music; [and both of James’] works are full of these qualities! For his oratorio, James chose a very complex text, full of metaphors and fantastic visions, and his setting brings [the metaphors and visions] alive through the music.”
More September news: On September 20-22, Lee’s new commissioned-arrangement Fantasy on the Star Spangled Banner receives its world premiere at the Baltimore Symphony.