Darkness-Horror-Repentance-Atonement – Become a Blue Zone
Sunday, 10 November at 3PM at G-B Performing Arts Center in Cedar Falls, Iowa.¬† “To Be Certain of the Dawn” by Stephan Paulus is an acknowledgement of Krystalnacht, the beginning of the Holocaust.¬† First Jews, but then Gays, Gypsies, Trade Unionists……and eventually Practicing Christians were marginalized, then eliminated.
On the 75th anniversary of Krystalnacht, WCF Symphony, Met Chorale, Children’s Choirs, and others will perform this¬†cathartic composition, which passes through darkness, despair, and horror to the most difficult Commandment of all:¬† “You Should Love Your Neighbor As Yourself”.
This work was commissioned by the Monsignor of the¬†Basilica of St Mary in Minneapolis, MN, where it was first performed as an act of Atonement. ¬†Nearly half of that first audience were Jewish. ¬†All of that first audience were deeply moved.
The message is not only about historical atrocity. ¬†Holding religious beliefs and their adherants in contempt, is alive and well today. ¬†Violence against “others” circles the globe. ¬†Muslims in Western China, Buddhists in Tibet, Shiites and Sunnis in Iraq, Christians in Egypt, Syria, and elsewhere – all are under violent attack. ¬†Humans should behave better than this.
I urge those close to Waterloo-Cedar Falls, Iowa to attend this very moving performance. ¬†I urge others to view a previous performance of “To be Certain of the Dawn” by the Minnesota Symphony or another group. ¬†It will make you think.
“You should love your neighbor as yourself” is indeed the most difficult commandment to keep. ¬†But if you do, you become One with God in a true Blue Zone.
Jay Ginther, MD