Saints on the Seas: An Oratorio
(Taken from an article in Meridian Magazine) Bestor's First Foray into Publishing - by Kurt Bestor
For months I've been stewing about beginning this column. Armed with visions of William F. Buckley and Pulitzer prizes, I set about trying to write a masterpiece. Needless to say - for me, putting notes and rests on a blank sheet of paper is nothing compared to the task of '' putting pen to palm pilot.'' So with that self-deprecating introduction - I begin my foray into the publishing world. Because I've always got ''miles of notes before I sleep'' and ''deadlines wait for no man,'' I've decided to give you all a composer's-eye view of the project in which I'm currently involved - the hour-long musical depiction of "Saints on the Seas." Last November I received a curious call from a gentleman named Mark Robinette. I knew him only as the producer of large stadium shows, most notably the '' Orange Bowl.'' Never one to turn down a visible, highly publicized gig (and a free lunch!), I agreed to meet. He then invited me to be part of a creative team that would craft a 75 minute classical work that would be the crown jewel of a 2-month odyssey called ''SeaTrek 2001'' - similar to the much publicized Mormon Handcart Trek. The piece would be performed by the Liverpool Royal Philharmonic Orchestra & Choir and recorded by the same. It would be premiered in seven European cities including Oslo, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Hull, Liverpool, Bremen & New York City. The event will be covered by all the major news organizations and chronicled in a PBS Special. To be honest - it sounded just a "tad" ambitious, (like some of the epic films that have been pitched to me! ) and I almost dismissed it. Thankfully I didn't! This work was eventually performed in the summer of 2002 and recorded that same year with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic.
Songs composed by Cori Conners, Mark Robinette, and Kurt Bestor
All other music composed by Kurt Bestor
Music orchestrated and conducted by Kurt Bestor
Performed and recorded by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Choir