While Tim Nelson’s gay-themed production of Charpentier’s 1688 David et Jonathas (which I would love to have seen) received mixed reviews in the Washington Post and today’s New York Times, both Anne Midgette and Vivien Schweitzer praised the orchestra. Midgette called it “the strongest part of the show” and Schweitzer wrote, “the highlight of the evening was the strong performance by the Ignoti Dei Orchestra, led by Mr. Nelson, which did justice to the beauty of Charpentier’s enchanting score. It deserves to be heard more often.”
My beloved ex-wife Allison Edberg, a fantastic Baroque violinist, is a member of the orchestra. You go, girl!
The Post also ran a feature article before the D.C performances. Pro-gay theologians and preachers often use the Jonathan and David story as an example of an at-least-probable gay love depicted in the Bible; others (mostly anti-gay) contest that. It’s great that Nelson made this project happen. I’m a definite fan of affirming the reality of same-sex love.