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Emergent Universe Oratorio Premiere: Shelburne, VT (September 15, 2013)

Breeding Barn at Shelburne Farms
Shelburne, VT
Composition by Sam Guarnaccia
Visual art by Cameron Davis
Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim will participate in the Premiere.
The Oratorio Premiere is co-hosted by collaborative partners Shelburne Farms and All Souls Interfaith Gathering. It is a project of 2020 Strategies, is supported by grants from the Argosy Foundation, the Puffin Foundation, and sponsored by the American Teilhard Association.
This event is free and open to the public.
For more information, call 802 734 0279.
Event website
Seven Days Article by Ethan De Seife
View photos by Robert Linder

Emergent Universe Oratorio: Cleveland, OH (June 30, 2017)

The Emergent Universe Oratorio will be performed on June 30, 2017 at 7:30pm
At the Milton and Tamar Maltz Performing Arts Center
at The Temple—Tifereth Israel
1855 Ansel Rd, Cleveland, OH

Sam Guarnaccia’s Emergent Universe Oratorio will be performed by the Cleveland Chamber Choir and the BlueWater Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Scott MacPherson.

Inspired by Brian Swimme’s and Mary Evelyn Tucker’s epic, Emmy Award winning film, Journey of the Universe (2011), the Oratorio weaves together chorus, vocal soloists, and orchestra with an original libretto that tells the story of our planet’s 13.8 billion year evolution, from the “big bang” to the present day. At its heart the Oratorio pays homage to paleontologist and philosopher Pierre Teilhard de Chardin’s belief that the fate of the Earth depends upon the evolution of a “global human consciousness” that recognizes the need to protect and nurture our planet.

Tickets may be purchased by visiting the Maltz Performing Arts Center website here.


Event website

View the program to see the poem/lyrics to the choral movements.

"Universe's unfolding story set to music in composer’s new oratorio"
By Sharon Abercrombie, National Catholic Reporter, June 30, 2017