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Sacred Origins with Timothy Tharaldson

Composer Timothy Tharaldson.
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Composer Timothy Tharaldson.

On this week's episode of Sound Currents, explore music inspired by a variety of sacred traditions with composer Timothy Tharaldson.

Our musical journey starts with the monastic origins of St. Benedict before delving into the unceasing words of wisdom of Buddha. Finally, explore otherwordly bodies that appear in Islamic, Christian and Jewish traditions.

This week's guest is composer Timothy Tharaldson.

Scroll to the bottom to hear the story of how Timothy Tharaldson met Estonian composer Arvo Pärt and be sure to answer this week's "favorite piece" poll down below!

Sascha Groschang
Laurel Parks

Timothy Tharaldson, composer

IX: Salvum Fac Populum
XI: In Te, Domine Speravi
by Timothy Tharaldson
Benedictine College Chamber Singers and Orchestra with Kevin Smith - baritone, Sascha Groschang - cello

In Manus Tuas
by Caroline Shaw
Hannah Collins - cello

Jasmine Arrow Music
II. Freedom
III. Arrom
by Forrest Pierce
Eric Banks with the Esoterics

The Named Angels
I. Mikhail's Thunder
IV. Israfel's Spell
by Mohammed Fairouz
Del Sol String Quartet

by Jake Runestad
Ben Spalding with the Spire Chamber Ensemble

Bonus Content
In 2019, Timothy Tharaldson had the opportunity to travel to Estonia to visit the newly opened Arvo Pärt Center. Hear about his unique experience traveling there as well as how he met the iconic composer.
Timothy Tharaldson with Arvo Part.

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Sascha Groschang is a host for Sound Currents on 91.9 Classical KC.
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