Holy Week Program Explores the Cross through the Arts

For the last two years, Christian Theological Seminary has staged a Passion Play early in Holy Week, performing to full houses and an overwhelmingly positive response. This year, CTS is continuing the tradition – but with an exciting new twist.

2014 is the 75th Anniversary of a jazz/blues singer’s signature song – Billie Holiday’s “Strange Fruit,” declared by TIME magazine in 1999 to be “The Song of the Century.” That song is actually a protest poem set to music. It was written by Abel Meeropol, a Jewish high school teacher from New York City, after seeing an infamous photograph of the lynching of two African-American teenagers  by a violent mob in Marion, Indiana. To honor this anniversary, and the power of the arts to turn an act of horror into an enduring symbol of redemption, CTS will host an evening of meditations on the mystery of the Christian cross through music, dance, spoken word, and film.

Strange Fruit: Encountering the Mystery of the Cross through the Arts
Monday and Tuesday of Holy Week, April 14 and 15
7 pm, Shelton Auditorium, Christian Theological Seminary
Adults: $10, Youths:$5, Groups of 10 or more: Half-price
(At the door, or on-line)

This is a Holy Week program, an Easter season program – a deeply human program of tragedy and beauty, defiance and grace. The scriptural accounts of Jesus’ passion will interweave with works of art, culminating with Billie Holiday’s own “Strange Fruit” -- a song that has inspired generations to believe in the power of music and the dignity of the human spirit. The evening also will feature vocalist Anastasia Talley of Indiana University; dancer Mariel Greenlee from Dance Kaleidoscope; cellist Eric Edberg from DePauw University; pianist R. Kent Cook from Illinois Wesleyan University; filmmaker Elizabeth Myer of the Salt Project; and oboist Roger Roe from both the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and Indiana University.

Past CTS Holy Week programs have played to full houses, and this year’s promises to be as thought-provoking as it is redemptive. Reserve your tickets today at: http://www.cts.edu/strangefruit

The CTS 2014 Holy Week program “Strange Fruit: Encountering the Mystery of the Cross through the Arts” is attracting a lot of attention throughout the region and already has been featured on WFYI-TV, WIBC Radio, FOX-59 WXIN, The Indianapolis Star, The Indianapolis Recorder and NUVO. To see how NUVO covered the story, use this link or go to pages 8-9 of the digital edition of NUVO

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