“The Passion of Jesus Christ” is a new, oratorio-length composition written by Dr. René Clausen and commissioned to observe the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.
The hour-long composition, was premiered by the 400 musicians of the Concordia voice faculty, choirs and orchestra, and brought audience members closer to powerful scenes from Christ’s procession into Jerusalem, the Last Supper, the Garden of Gethsemane, the trial before Pilate and the crucifixion. In addition to telling the story of the Passion, music and text revealed moments when major figures struggle with the motivation and implication of their actions.
The passion of Christ is at the heart of the Reformation and Martin Luther’s theology, which critiqued late medieval religion by holding up the theology of the cross.
The composition was made possible by a generous gift from John and Veronna Capone.