We are honored that Choral Arts Artistic Director Robert Bode, the conductor who premiered and helped bring John Muehleisen’s Pietà to fruition, is visiting Austin this week for comPassion. He has been attending rehearsals and took a moment to share a bit about the drama, relationships, and universal themes that are part of Pietà.
“Well it’s interesting because I haven’t listened or looked at this piece in two years, so it’s coming back to me fresh. I’m surprised by a couple of things, things that I didn’t remember. One is simply its drama. This piece can be appreciated purely as a narrative, dramatic experience. I think that there will be many people who enjoy the piece based on that experience. The other is this very tender relationship of mother to martyred son through the story of Jack Kipling and also, of course, through Jesus and Mary. So the experience people will have is also one that is very personal and very tender. I think ultimately there is a universal message about compassion, about the great bond between mother and son and the whole question of sacrifice. I had forgotten the many layers at which someone can appreciate this piece. There’s a layer there for everyone, I’m convinced.”
— Robert Bode