About the Program

“Prophets and Loss” lifts the story of King David from the pages of the Bible and brings it vividly to life. The story describes the very human struggles and failures of Samuel, Saul and David as they struggle to manifest a new nation, under God.

The story is an epic expression of hope, devotion, and loss.  The characters are deeply human: fathers and sons, priests and prophets, flawed leaders struggling to do God's will. Listeners are drawn into the tale, and come away  with a new appreciation of this ancient story, its place in the Bible, and its connection to the modern world. 

Meticulously researched from scholarly sources, Tom Lee's performance is both sophisticated and intimate.   Weaving threads of epic, folktale, history, and poetry, he brings the excitement of this three-thousand year old story to 21st Century listeners.


The carefully crafted story held our Austin audience enthralled. The performance was a wonderful blend of scholarship and compelling storytelling.
— Ray Williams, The Blanton Museum of Art

The program is approximately 2 hours in length and is appropriate for churches, synagogues, colleges, theaters, house concerts, and festivals.  The story includes mature themes and is intended for audiences 17 and up.



Tom Lee tells Chaucer's "The Pardoner's Tale"   (10:00)

Tom Lee tells Chaucer's "The Pardoner's Tale"   (10:00)