Ensemble Galilei. (Submitted photo)
Ensemble Galilei. (Submitted photo)
The history of our country's extraordinary people will be brought to life through words, live music and iconic images in the Luther College Center Stage Series performance of "First Person: Seeing America." Actor Rob Nagle and actress Lily Knight will narrate a series of photographs from the metropolitan Museum of Art set to the backdrop of original music performed by Ensemble Galilei.

"First Person" begins at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall on the Luther campus. Tickets are available through the Luther Box Office by calling (563) 387-1357 or online at boxoffice.luther.edu.

Cost is $24 for adults, $22 for seniors age 65 and up and $15 for youth ages 4-18.

Ensemble Galilei's evocative melodies and rhythms provide the soundtrack for this performance. Traditional renaissance music from Scotland, Ireland and Sweden features Michael Praetorius and new compositions performed on fiddle, harp, viola da gamba, percussion, banjo, whistles and oboe.

Music winds around the spoken word as images are projected on a large screen to more fully tell a story. "Images from the Met's incredible collection of photographs are recorded indelibly on the American imagination," says Neal Conan, award-winning journalist and current host of NPR's "Talk of the Nation."

When the words of great American writers and poets, and the brilliant music of Ensemble Galilei are added, audiences will find new meanings and associations with these images.

These great works of art animate the stories of, among others, Frederick Douglass and Calamity Jane, while poems by Jim Harrison and Lucille Clifton add unexpected intensity and resonance.

The performance is a poignant history of America that creates a cohesive, rich, multidimensional story of perseverance through some of America's most trying times, such as the Dust Bowl, Civil War, Great Depression and more.