The seeds planted in a darkened auditorium so many months ago are awakening to a bright new day. It’s a new year and around the corner—another opportunity to tell the Easter story and celebrate the miracle of our Savior’s resurrection. And this year, Kalamazoo will be telling the story like never before.
Indeed, a miracle is coming to the Zoo this spring. In fact, it’s already here. Oh, it may not be fully assembled and complete, but it’s taking shape day by day. So much progress has been made and so many talented vocalists and musicians have stepped forward, we wanted to use this blog post, the first in a flurry of several you’ll see in coming weeks, to bring you up to date.
Just to put us all on the same page, the miracle is Lamb of God, “. . . a sacred musical retelling of the final days of the life of Jesus Christ, His Atonement and Resurrection. Written and composed by Rob Gardner, it recounts the events through the eyes of those who loved Him and knew Him best: Peter, John, Thomas, Mary and Martha of Bethany, Mary Magdalene, and His mother Mary.”
A 55-piece orchestra and a choir 140 voices strong will present Lamb of God in two performances on Friday, March 21 and Saturday, March 22 in Kalamazoo’s extraordinary Chenery Auditorium, 714 South Westnedge Avenue. Tickets are now on sale.
Months ago, we went to see an oratorio performed, but we soon discovered the truth: We had rendezvoused with majesty. What unfolded was a miraculous coming together of music, voice and the spoken word, all orchestrated to perfection by the Holy Spirit. Get ready . . . because the same thing is going to happen here in our city.
“Inspired.” “Enchanted.” “The most beautiful music I’ve ever heard.” “Divine.” We’ve heard all of those and so many more in the past few months as word spread and performers began to sample the music and lyrics of Lamb of God.
We knew from the beginning this work had the power and beauty to inspire, overwhelm and sweep away. But we’re also seeing it reunite disconnected friends, bring together family members from opposite parts of the country and rub away the subtle lines defining denominations and faiths.
Lamb of God is truly an interfaith effort, melding the talents and passions of performers from dozens of churches and a patchwork of occupations, experiences and backgrounds. You’ll be meeting some of our featured performers in the next few blog posts, and we look forward to telling you their stories.
In the meantime, if you sense Kalamazoo pulsing with a mysterious new energy, don’t be surprised. It’s our miracle at work.