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Zealot Chronicles: An Oratorio for Tolerance (Donald Nally, conductor)

Winner of the 2018 Grammy for Best Choral Performance, The Crossing has just recorded an oratorio with a text that resonates with our times. Conductor Donald Nally is John Pitman’s guest, discussing “Zealot Chronicles, an oratorio for tolerance” by Lansing McLoskey. The composer based the text on “Twelve Canticles for the Zealot” by Nigerian Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka. The work is hauntingly beautiful, at times unsettling and disturbing, and always thought-provoking. Not a little like the times in which we live.

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