More than 250,000 people from throughout the world annually make the pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago.
Emilio Estevez even directed his dad, Martin Sheen, in the 2010 movie "The Way" about the pilgrimage.
Now, Red Shift is bringing the pilgrimage to Baton Rouge in two concerts of Joby Talbot's "Path of Miracles." The choir will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Episcopal High School's chapel and again at 3 p.m. Sunday in St. Alban's Chapel at LSU.
"Our organization is devoted to storytelling," says Trey Davis, founder and conductor. "This piece, 'Path of Miracles,' is based on the story behind St. James while he was there."
The Camino de Santiago, known in English as "The Way of St. James," is a network of pilgrimage routes to the shrine of the apostle James the Great in the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, Spain.
According to tradition, St. James' remains were carried to by boat from Jerusalem to the where the cathedral now stands in northern Spain.
Most pilgrims travel the routes by foot, but not all are Christians.
"Some of the people who make this pilgrimage call themselves atheists, but they have their own inspiration for taking this path," Davis says. "Many people do it out of devotion and the spiritual inspiration. But they're all collectively making this trip."
Talbot's 2005 piece consists of four movements performed in eight languages representative of the international population of pilgrims.
Davis not only will conduct the concert but also give a lecture preceding the concert explaining the multilanguage text's story.
"The composition is rarely performed because of its difficulty and extended length," Davis says. "The choir’s staged production will constitute the southeastern premiere of the work."
All songs will be performed a cappella by the 21-member choir with singers traveling from Chicago, Iowa, Florida and Chattanooga, Tennessee.
"Our core group of singers are in Baton Rouge, but we've expanded the choir through national auditions," says Davis, who founded the choir after pulling together singers from Baton Rouge and other states in 2015 for a performance of Hans Christian Andersen's "The Little Match Girl."
Red Shift also will perform "Path of Miracles" on Oct. 27 at the Louisiana American Choral Directors Association in Immaculate Conception Church in New Orleans.
"Path of Miracles"
Red Shift's performance of Joby Talbot's musical pilgrimage along the Camino de Santiago
WHEN & WHERE: 6 p.m. preconcert lecture, 7:30 p.m. concert Saturday, Oct. 14, Episcopal High School Chapel, 3200 Woodland Ridge Blvd.; 3 p.m. preconcert lecture, 4:30 p.m. concert, Sunday, Oct. 14, St. Alban’s Chapel, LSU, Dalrymple Drive and Highland Road
TICKETS/INFO: $20, $15 for students. Visit redshiftchoir.org.