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Ghostlight reprises Joby Talbot's Path of Miracles in Manhattan
Posted 6/1/2022

Ghostlight: Path of Miracles British composer Joby Talbot’s Path of Miracles is an ambitious a cappella journey along the Camino de Santiago, the famous pilgrimage route across northern Spain to the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia. Premiered by Tenebrae in 2005, its four movements—Roncesvalles, Burgos, León and Santiago—evoke four of the main posts along the Camino, tracing the experiences of the pilgrims from beginning to end. Ghostlight first performed this piece at Christ's Church in Rye in March, and we are excited to bring this memorable concert to the Church of Notre Dame, 405 West 114th Street in Manhattan on Friday, June 3, 2022 at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $30 and are available at ghostlightchorus.com/concerts.

Talbot’s music takes both vocalists and audience on an emotional, transformative, hour-long pilgrimage in Greek, Latin, Spanish, Basque, Galician, French, German and English. The piece at times breaks the choir into seventeen individual parts, moves the singers through the performance space, and demands extraordinary technique in terms of range, volume and rhythm. More...


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  • Babylon: Ghetto, Renaissance and Modern Oblivion, an early-music film written and directed by Salon/Sanctuary Concerts founder and artistic director Jessica Gould, took home the prize for best picture at the Asti International Film Festival. For more about the movie, visit www.babylonfilm.net/. (2021-12-31)

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