Hollis Thoms: Composer, Collector, Researcher, Advocate
Featuring Jason Thoms
and Sarah Bleasdale:
Martin and Katie; Adam and Eve
"And did the world with devils swarm, all gaping to devour us..." (2016) an opera written for the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther's 95 Theses was premiered by Bach in Baltimore under the direction of T. Herbert Dimmock, on November 4 and 5, 2017. Jason Thoms sang the part of Martin Luther and Sarah Bleasdale the part of Katie Luther. Here are Parts 2 and 3 from that opera.
In Part 2 of the opera Martin and Katie are in their garden. Martin is talking theology and his theology of grace and Katie is talking about her garden and the good works she is doing in her garden. They gently banter. In Part 3 Luther is seeing devils and rages against them. Katie reveals to Martin that she is pregnant and then sings the Magnificat to praise God for the gift of a child. The opera ends with them singing Luther's Morning Prayer.
On November 3, 2019, 4pm at Christ Lutheran Church Inner Harbor, the Bach Concert Series under the direction of T. Herbert Dimmock will once again premiere a new work of mine, Adam and Eve, based on John Milton's Paradise Lost, for four singers, woodwind quintet, double bass and harp. Jason Thoms, sings the part of Adam, Sarah Bleasdale, the part of Eve, and Kristopher Jean and Maria Sheehan the part of the Serpent. Bach Cantata 165 will also be presented, which focuses on the Adam and Eve story and baptism.