(Image from Rohin Music.)
Elizabeth Swados’ theatrical oratorio combines liturgical elements of the Jewish High Holiday Yom Kippur service with the more secular universal elements of our collective acknowledgement and sorrow over world hunger. This piece is about atonement but even more about renewal. It is a combination of liturgical writings and poetry from all around the world that deals with both the darkness of war and poverty, and the resilience and possibility of the human spirit. The piece goes from darkness to celebration, and reflects the inner journey of repentance to purification as it experienced during the holiday of Yom Kippur. This piece has its roots in Jewish culture but is being universalized by words from all cultures and regions.
Oratorio composed and directed by Elizabeth Swados
Music, piano and choir direction by Shaina Taub
Rohin Khemani – drums, percussion