The Passion Local Man Tells the Story of Jesus' Last Hours through Music
Daday, Eileen O., Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Eileen O. Daday Daily Herald Correspondent
An original musical that promises to bring the passion and resurrection of Jesus to life, debuts on Friday at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Arlington Heights.
Called, "Chosen: The Passion Meditation," the one-hour production was composed by Arlington Heights native Brad Rukstales, now of Inverness.
Performances take place at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Marian Activity Center at St. Peter Church, 111 W. Olive St. in Arlington Heights.
Principals include Chris Mosher of Crystal Lake playing Jesus, Bob Glenn of Arlington Heights playing God, and Melissa Smith of Elgin in the role of Mary. Other cast members come from Arlington Heights, Palatine, Inverness, Streamwood and Mundelein.
Rukstales works by day as a Schaumburg business consultant, but his passion lies in music. Even as far back as high school, he wrote a choral anthem for the First Presbyterian Church in Arlington Heights that won an award at a statewide Young Composer's competition.
While he initially majored in music at Indiana University, he wound up earning an economics degree before earning his master's in business administration from the University of Michigan.
Still, Rukstales never lost sight of his music, and served as an assistant music director at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Palatine before joining St. Peter's where he now plays piano and keyboard for its contemporary praise band.
Musically, Rukstales describes "Chosen" as weaving together his interest in the music of Stephen Sondheim, and his conversational style of rhythm, as well as elements of opera, rock 'n' roll, and even some gospel style vocals.
However, it is the Easter message that he hopes to impart on audience members, from a personal perspective. …