Premiere of the Magdalene Cantata
I compiled the text for Anthony Plog's Magdalene Cantata, a powerful piece premiered by the Nashville Philharmonic Orchestra in 2016. The text is based on words by the women of Magdalene, part of the Thistle Farms organization, which rescues women from prostitution, trafficking, and drug abuse, giving them homes, a community, and jobs.
Magdalene and Thistle Farms were founded by Becca Stevens, Episcopal priest and author, named as one of CNN's Top Ten Heroes of 2016.
Shown above in rehearsal are Anthony Plog and NPO music director Chris Norton. The premiere was narrated by Donna Dozier, a Magdalene graduate, and performed to a packed house, including dozens of Magdalene women, the real heroes of the evening.
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