The Vespers Ensemble will perform Arvo Pärt’s “Passio” at the Chapel’s Holy Saturday concert on April 16 at 4:00 p.m. in the Divinity School’s Goodson Chapel.
An Estonian composer, Pärt is one of several contemporary composers who have turned to the powerful genre of the Passion narrative. Pärt’s 1982 setting of the Passion narrative from St. John’s Gospel is hailed as a masterpiece of late twentieth-century choral works. Although there is little overt word painting, the listener’s attention is first held, then gripped by the harrowing unfolding of the Passion story from the Gospel of John.
Admission is free. Masking at Duke is optional for those who are fully vaccinated. Paid parking is available on a first-come-first-served basis in the Bryan Center garage at 125 Science Drive. ADA parking is available in the Bryan Center Surface Lot at the same address.
Sung in Latin, and lasting seventy-five minutes without a break, the austere, cloistered nature of this music is not recommended for younger listeners; families with younger members may like to attend the rehearsal in Goodson Chapel on the day of the concert anytime between 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.