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The Revelations of Divine Love at Memorial Church, Harvard Yard, Cambridge 11/4

This is a free concert :). No tickets required. I have not been in Memorial Church, so not sure about the number of seats available.


I hope to be there as close to 4pm as possible. However, I will be coming from Sanders Theater(Barber/Brahms/RVW see the meetup for that event if interested). Please don't wait for me to obtain a seat. If anyone does signup for this :), we can meetup after the concert and walk over to Harvard Sq.

Sung by the Harvard University Choir in the Memorial Church

Here are the directions to the church:

The composer's website:


From the composer's website: Revelations of Divine Love

(Metaphors from Sea and Sky)

oratorio for soprano and baritone soloists, chorus, and chamber orchestra

Music by Carson P. Cooman (b. 1982)
Texts adapted from the writings of Julian of Norwich (c. 1342–1416), Margery Kempe (c. 1373–1438; translated by Christopher M. Brunelle), Robert Herrick (1591–1674), and Elizabeth Kirschner (b. 1955)

(Texts adapted from the writings of Julian of Norwich, unless otherwise cited.)

The primary concept underlying this oratorio is the presence of two distinct discourses. One is a sequence taken from Julian’s religious visions. The other is a “sonic geography” of Nantucket Island (located 30 miles off the coast of Massachusetts in the United States). This interconnected concept was inspired by the writings of the great Scottish poet George Mackay Brown (1921–1996). Living his entire life on Scotland’s Orkney Islands, Mackay Brown consistently explored the “transposition” of religious imagery and events to his native landscape. (For example, the poem Apple-Basket, Apple-Blossom takes the story and structure of the Stations of the Cross, and maps them onto imagery of distinctly Orcadian character.)

The landscape of Nantucket Island has been the driving force behind a large number of my compositions for many years. In this oratorio, Julian’s visions are transposed from Norwich and mapped onto the Nantucket landscape. Each movement of the work thus has two parallel purposes: a setting of the visionary words, and a portrayal of a specific place in Nantucket’s geography. Much of the music was planned in the actual locations. Since the soloists and choir must, by necessity, sing the words, a great deal of the landscape is left to the orchestra. Thus, the orchestra’s role is substantially greater than simply accompaniment.

Because of these two discourses, the oratorio is not intended as comprehensive “working out” of all aspects of Julian’s visions, nor does it use her own structure and sequence. Rather, it takes her beautiful words, and the fundamentals of her visions, and attempts to create a new narrative and spiritual experience from them.




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  • Kirk, "Rear A.

    It was a wonderful program!

    November 4, 2012

  • Biagio


    November 4, 2012

  • Katherine

    It was wonderful to go out and see and hear music performed. Thank you for sharing.

    November 4, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, cannot make it.

    November 4, 2012

  • Biagio

    Please remember that Daylight Savings Time end 2 AM this morning so please set your clocks BACK 1 hour. Also, Kirk I find John Harvard in Harvard, SQ 33 Dunster Street Cambridge, MA 02138 (617)[masked] web link is a big place that easily accommodates big groups! They at times have given us our own area too if we have more than 20 eating!

    November 4, 2012

  • Kirk, "Rear A.

    I walked past Memorial Church a couple of days ago. I believe there are two entrances(a main front one and a side one for the Appleton Chapel. Note that the name "Memorial Church" only appears in front of the side Appleton Chapel). Not sure which one will be open for the concert. However, there are four columns in front of both entrances. I suggest meeting in front of far right hand column. Also, after the concert, if anyone is interested in going to Harvard Sq., I'll try to be near the front right hand column. I was thinking about Border Cafe, if it's not to crowded. It's usually packed on Saturday nights, don't know about Sunday nights.

    November 3, 2012

  • Kirk, "Rear A.

    Social Fun member Carmon informed me that Memorial Church is very large and can hold about 500 people. The church has long pews with cushions. Each pew can seat maybe 8+ people.

    October 17, 2012

  • Kirk, "Rear A.

    Here's a link to the 2pm concert:

    October 17, 2012

  • Kirk, "Rear A.

    Thank you Hsiu!

    October 17, 2012

  • Hsiu C.

    I really appreciate the detail Kirk post, it makes me prep for the music and looking forward to the concert.

    1 · October 17, 2012

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