THE ORDERING OF MOSES

THE ORDERING OF MOSES*

by Nathaniel Dett
in collaboration with
Heritage Signature Chorale

February 4, 5, 11, 2023

In response to the success of our acclaimed 2019 production of L’ENFANCE DU CHRIST, IN Series returns to the nexus of art, faith, and justice with an embodying of Nathaniel Dett’s tremendous oratorio THE ORDERING OF MOSES. Again performed as a community music and theater ritual, surrounding the audience with action and sound, this performance will redefine both the artistic and the spiritual experience. In 1932, Black Canadian composer Nathaniel Dett built his most famous work from the tradition of the African American spiritual. Less than a decade later, the piece would become the central touring work in the repertoire of DC’s National Negro Opera Company, founded by Mary Cardwell Dawson, for whom IN Series’ Cardwell Dawson Artist Fellowship is named. Those performances, traveling to cities throughout America, and attended by legends of the civil rights movement, used this lyrical retelling of the freeing of enslaved Israelites as fuel to fire the quest of justice blazing throughout America.

For this performance, IN Series collaborates with DC’s own Heritage Signature Chorale, the nation’s premiere ensemble celebrating and interpreting the classical spiritual. DC artist Richshaad Ryan creates epic canvases telling at once the classical biblical story, the American story of the quest for equality, and a Washington, DC story of the journey towards justice through faith.

SPONSOR THIS PRODUCTION

Conducted by Stanley Thurston
Directed by Jarrod Lee & Timothy Nelson

*Only included in the Washington, DC subscription; can be added to the Baltimore subscription package

February 4, 5, 11, 2023 Surprise Sacred Venue in the heart of Washington, DC

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