"The Ministry of Mary Magdalene": Pre-Concert Talk with John Adams

A discussion of John Adams’s Passion oratorio The Gospel According to the Other Mary

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Sister Helen Prejean — Author, Activist

Dr. Sherry Davis Molock — Associate Professor of Psychology and the Director of Clinical Training at The George Washington University

Yolanda Pierce — Dean of the Howard University Divinity School

Susan Timoney — Secretary, Pastoral Ministry and Social Concerns, Archdiocese of Washington

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"The Ministry of Mary Magdalene" is a far-reaching pre-concert discussion of The Gospel According to the Other Mary, John Adams’s groundbreaking 2012 Passion oratorio that retells the biblical story of Jesus’ teaching, crucifixion, and resurrection from the controversial perspective of his disciple Mary Magdalene. Joined by Sister Helen Prejean, Dr. Sherry Davis Molock, Yolanda Pierce, and Susan Timoney, John Adams leads this fascinating exploration of the timely themes that underpin his oratorio.

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