Catholic Artistic Imagination
We are pleased to offer this series of informal receptions exploring the idea of Catholic artistic imagination. Our aims are to:
- foster a broad and inclusive understanding of Catholic intellectual tradition
- promote collegiality and collaboration across divisional and disciplinary boundaries
- create conditions in which cross-disciplinary scholarship may emerge
- showcase the artistic and intellectual expertise and gifts of Duquesne faculty, graduate students and staff
share beautiful works of art with interesting people
Our receptions are open to faculty, staff and graduate students. In future years, we hope to explore different artistic mediums, including music, literature, and the performing arts. Already our efforts this year are sparking complementary initiatives on campus and promoting awareness of collaborative opportunities. Suggestions and feedback are most welcome.
Experiencing the Religious Music of J.S. Bach, Then and Now
NEW DATE! NEW VENUE!
February 26, 2015
4:00 -5:30 PM Power Center, Section A
Join Benjamin Binder, Associate Professor of Musicianship, for an afternoon of music and conversation on the religious music of J.S. Bach. The passions, cantatas, and sacred works of Johann Sebastian Bach are regularly performed on concert stages today. These performances may profoundly move us, but to what extent are we really having the same experience as Bach's congregation when they heard these pieces as part of their worship services in St. Thomas Church, Leipzig almost 300 years ago? In this session, we'll reflect on the many differences between the musical, cultural, and religious environments of Bach's 18th-century Germany and those of our own time. We'll also sample some recordings and videos of modern-day approaches to presenting Bach's religious music that deal with this historical divide in interesting and sometimes provocative ways.
Faculty, staff, and graduate students are welcome to attend. Space is limited. Please RSVP by emailing Judi O'Brien at The Center for the Catholic Intellectual Tradition.
Composing Inner Resonance: Contemporary Musical Settings of the Passion
March 16, 2015
4:00 -5:30 PM Union 613
Presenter: Zvonimir Nagy
The accounts of the Holy Week Gospel narratives have inspired composers throughout music history to set the narrative of Christ's Passion to music. From cross-cultural and cross-denominational perspectives, the presentation will unveil a selection of more recent Passion music by present day composers. The discussion will offer a window into the composers' creative world as it arranges a moderated dialogue between the sense of the composer's musical representations and music's ultimate manifestations at the crossroads of tradition and innovation.
Fume Fume: An encounter with a traditional dance from Ghana
April 13, 2015
4:00 -5:30 PM Africa Room
Presenter: Joseph Sheehan
Traditional music in Ghana often combines song, rhythm, and dance into an immersive, communal experience, shared by people of different ages, backgrounds, and musical abilities. In this experiential and informal presentation Dr. Sheehan will share a recreational dance from southern Ghana named Fume Fume. Be prepared to sing a song, perform rhythms, and try some dance movements! While learning the music, we will uncover relationships between movement, language, and rhythm; and see how the musical structure allows for creativity and flexibility. We will also discover a wonderful approach to performance practice that contrasts with many Western musical activities.