A musical cycle on the Biblical Book of Job will be presented at the Church of the Redeemer, Hyde Park, on Sunday, March 26, 2017 at 2 p.m. Written for the organ by 20th century Czech composer Petr Eben, Job will be performed by Redeemer staff organist Ted Gibboney.

Church of the Redeemer organist Ted Gibboney and Rabbi Matthew Kraus. Photo by Laura Hobson.

Composed in eight movements, the piece is based on and recounts the story of Job from Hebrew scriptures. Rabbi Matthew Kraus of the Department of Judaic Studies in the University of Cincinnati will recite text punctuated with insertions of Hebrew chant.

The story opens with Satan making a Faustian bargain with God to test Job, who is faithful to God and prosperous in human terms, with a large family and many possessions. As Job’s earthly possessions and health are stripped away, his faith is sorely tested.

The ancient story explores the theme of innocent suffering, which questions the meaning of life itself.  A portion of the scripture text is read before each of the cycle’s eight movements. The music responds in a way that both tells the story and captures the drama of each scene.

Dr. Ted Gibboney is organist for the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer. A life-long church musician, he has served churches and seminaries in three states. As an organist he has and continues to study and perform throughout the U.S. and in Western Europe. A recently certified instructor in the Alexander Technique, he teaches privately and has conducted wellness workshops to both musicians and general audiences.

Rabbi Matthew Kraus is assistant professor in the Department of Judaic Studies at the University of Cincinnati. Professor Kraus studies and writes extensively on the history of biblical interpretation and Judaism in the Greek and Roman worlds. A teacher of students of all ages, he is an enthusiastic teller of Biblical stories through a combination of word and song.

Church of the Redeemer is located at 2944 Erie Ave, Cincinnati. Although no tickets are sold for the recital, the audience is encouraged to make a $10 donation to help defray the costs for the program.

Submitted by Laura A. Hobson, Church of the Redeemer

 

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