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Joshua Rosenblum
Opera News, February 2015

The combined forces are quite impressive, as are the theatrical visual layout and filmed presentation; one clever shot gazes through the strings of the harp at the twirling dancers in their brightly colored skirts. Conductor Kathy Saltzman Romey presides in full command. © 2015 Opera News Read complete review

Chris Morgan
Scene Magazine, September 2014

…the triumphal, exclusionary aspects of faith are brought to the fore, setting the stage for the transformative journey and eventual reconciliation imagined by the librettist. The musicianship of the University of Minnesota Symphony Orchestra is top notch and the quartet of lead vocalists—Monica Yunus, Adriana Zabala, Joseph Okell and Philip Zawisza—turn in superior performances as well. A profound and timely meditation on the enduring presence of religion in our lives. © 2014 Scene Magazine Read complete review

David Denton
David's Review Corner, August 2014

Robert Aldridge’s interfaith oratorio, here performed in a staged presentation with dancers and actors, seeks to bridge and understand religions that divide nations. To words by Herschel Garfein, the multi-award winning composer has created a score whose musical language is easily accessible, its use of mime on stage reflecting the words to complete a three-dimensional performance. Added to this action there are back projections which show such emotive scenes such as the Holocaust and the wreckage of New York’s twin towers…the two female singers, Monica Yunus and Adriana Zabala, have radiant voices for the peace-makers to counter the baritone, Philip Zawisza…with Joseph Okell as the rabble-rousing Moses. Other than this the singers and orchestra, ably directed by Kathy Saltzman Romey, come from the University of Minnesota, and the young dancers are students at the St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Arts. © 2014 David’s Review Corner, July 2014

…this Aldridge/Garfein “interfaith oratorio,” with its accessible music, its clear verbal parallels among the three faiths from which it draws its text, and its very fine singing, dancing and stage presentation, ultimately comes across as yet another instance of preaching to the choir: it will surely please those who already agree with its precepts… © 2014 Read complete review

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