The Gates of Jerusalem : A History of the Holy City

9781568559452: The Gates of Jerusalem : A History of the Holy City
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Jerusalem is the city where Christian history began and where many believe it will end. This program insights to events that are to take place in Jerusalem. Of the eight gates surrounding the Old City, the Golden Gate is being faithfully watched continuously by Christians, Muslims and the Jews. Millions around the world believe it holds the key to the future of history. For the Jewish faithful the Golden Gate symbolizes the entry for their Messiah and the beginning of a Messianic age. For Christians, this gate promises the second coming of their Savior, Jesus Christ. For Muslims, the Golden Gate will someday be part of the last judgment of man at the end of history. These spiritual gateways will play a vital role in Israel's past, present, and perhaps future. Narrated by award-winning actor Richard Kiley.

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About the Director:

Rick Ray - A former Lonely Planet backpacker turned cinematographer, writer and director, Rick Ray has produced more than twelve films on regions as diverse as Israel, Bali, Borneo, Lebanon, Ethiopia, Syria, Iceland, with titles that include Raise The Bamboo Curtain with Martin Sheen and the highly regarded The Soul of India. Beyond these projects, Ray spent two years tracking down rare archival footage of the Dalai Lamas youth, the Chinese takeover of Tibet, documented subsequent hardships, and was granted a one hour audience with His Holiness the Dalai Lama to craft his award-winning documentary titled 10 Questions for the Dalai Lama which is currently in worldwide distribution. Phil Cook - Phillip Cooke was born in Penrith, Cumbria in 1980, spending the first 18 years of his life in the Lake District. He studied composition in Durham and Manchester Universities and for a PhD with Anthony Powers at Cardiff University. He has had works played across the country by many of the countrys top choirs and ensembles. He was artistic director of the London Contemporary Music Group (LCMG) from 2004-10, and wrote five works for them. Recent works were featured in the London Festival of Contemporary Church Music, Lake District Summer Music Festival (LDSM), Tête à Tête Opera Festival, Musica Sacrae (Poland), Sound Festival (Aberdeen) and the John Armitage Memorial (JAM) concerts. Works were performed in most of the leading cathedrals and churches in the UK. The US premiere of his first set of Preces and Responses was given in July 2012 and has been performed by several choirs across the country. As of 2011 his choral works will be published by Novello, Schott and Cadenza. In 2012 he was a winner of the Musica Sacra International Composers Competition 2012 which led to performances in Poland and Lithuania and in 2016 he won the Gesualdo Six Composition Prize for his motet Judas Mercartor Pessimus. His second set of Preces and Responses (2012) was premiered on BBC Radio 3 Choral Evensong as was his organ piece Exsultet (2014). His large-scale choral/orchestral work Noahs Fire was premiered in Chester Cathedral in November 2015. A CD of his choral works performed by the Chapel Choir of Selwyn College, Cambridge and Onyx Brass was released to great acclaim on Regent Records in April 2014, and the CD of The Eternal Ecstasy (again performed by Selwyn) including his motet of the same name reached the classical charts top 10 in August 2015. He is strongly influenced by his native Lake District and by history. His main musical influences are found in continuing and reconciling a pastoral British tradition; he has written articles on the Liturgical music of James MacMillan and the canticles of Herbert Howells. He has recently co-edited a book of essays on Howells which was published by Boydell and Brewer in October 2013. He is married with two children, lives in Aberdeenshire and supports Everton. From 2007-08 he was a Career Development Fellow at the Faculty of Music, Oxford University and a Junior Research Fellow (2007-10) at The Queens College, Oxford University. He was head of composition at Eton College from 2011-12. As of January 2013, he was appointed a Lecturer in Composition at Aberdeen University.

About the Actor:

Richard Kiley - b. 31 March 1922, Chicago, Illinois, USA, d. 5 March 1998, Warwick, New York, USA. Actor and singer Kiley studied at Loyala University and spent more than three years in the US Navy, before moving to New York in 1947. Although he appeared out of town with Nancy Walker in the musical A Month Of Sundays, during the late 40s and early 50s Kiley worked mostly in dramatic parts off-Broadway and in first-class televisions productions such as Patterns (Kraft Television Theatre) and P.O.W. (United States Steel Hour). His career in the musical theatre really began in 1953 when he created the role of Caliph in Kismet, in which he introduced, with others, several memorable numbers, including Stranger In Paradise and And This Is My Beloved. Following a gap of six years, Kiley returned to Broadway in the murder mystery musical Redhead (1959), for which he and his co-star Gwen Verdon won Tony Awards. No Strings followed in 1962, and with Diahann Carroll he sang the lovely The Sweetest Sounds. After taking over from Craig Stevens in Meredith Willsons Heres Love, Kiley played pitchman Sam the Shpieler in I Had A Ball (1964) - and then came the role of a lifetime. Kiley won a second Tony Award for his memorable portrayal of Don Quixote in Man Of La Mancha (1965), and introduced Mitch Leigh and Joe Darions The Impossible Dream, a song with which he is always identified. He reprised the part on several occasions, including the 1969 London revival, two further New York productions, and on tour. Since his triumph in Man Of La Mancha, Kileys appearances in musical productions have been limited. He played Julius Caesar in Her First Roman (1968), an adaptation of Bernard Shaws Caesar And Cleopatra; took part in the one-night tribute, A Celebration Of Richard Rodgers (1972); played an aviator in Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewes poorly received fantasy movie, The Little Prince (1974); appeared in a brief revival of Knickerbocker Holiday (1977) at Town Hall, New York; and starred out of town in a musical version of A Christmas Carol (1981), with music and lyrics by Michel Legrand and Sheldon Harnick. However, he continued to appear in dramatic roles in films, the theatre, and on television. He won an Emmy in 1984 for his performance as Paddy Cleary in The Thorn Birds, and in 1999 was inducted into The Theatre Hall of Fame.

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