Mr. g

Last night I had the opportunity to attend a dramatic reading of the play “Mr. g,” by Wesley Savick, adapted from a novel by Alan Lightman. The performance was part of ArtsFest, and sponsored by the Religion, Spirituality, and the Arts program. Two of the performers were Butler students, and two were from the Indiana [Read More…]

United Ark-Lines

Did dinosaurs and unicorns get dragged from their seats? [Read more…]

Mr. g at Butler U

Mr. g Monday, April 17, 7:00 PM Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall, Butler Arts Center Free Play by Wesley Sacik, adapted from the novel by Alan Lightman A Dramatic Reading directed by Janet Allen “In the beginning,” the book of Genesis tells us, “God created the heaven and the earth.” Genesis describes the six-day process, but like [Read More…]

Josephslegende

I was delighted to find this neglected contribution by Richard Strauss to the musical treatments of biblical stories. [Read more…]

Andrei Petrov, Creation of the World Suite

The above piece by Russian composer Andrei Petrov is but one of many musical works inspired by the account of creation in Genesis. If you are in Indianapolis, don’t miss the performance tonight of Aaron Copland’s “In The Beginning”! [Read more…]

The Bible in Arnold Schoenberg’s Music

The entirety of Schoenberg’s “Moses und Aron” is on YouTube (just the music, not a staged version of the opera): So too is his Jacobsleiter (Jacob’s Ladder): Both are fascinating works in terms of both their relationship to Schoenberg’s developing artistic vision (often referred to, despite Schoenberg’s objections, as “atonality”) and his own religious views. [Read More…]

The Hippopotamus Song

I mentioned previously my hope that students would broaden my horizons. That happened during the last class period, as we focused on songs for children. Students shared songs they knew of which I already knew, such as “He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands” and “This Little Light of Mine.” But they also shared [Read More…]

Creation and Creativity

Coming up on February 22nd is an exhibit and performance connected with the seminar on religion, spirituality, and the arts run by Sandy Sasso. It will include a performance of Aaron Copland’s “In The Beginning,” and so I am delighted to be able to get the students from my course on the Bible and music to [Read More…]

“Sarah” by Elizabeth Swados

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Genesis Suite

A multi-author effort by some of the 20th century’s great composers: Arnold Schoenberg, Nathaniel Shilkret, Aleksander Tansman, Darius Milhaud, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Ernst Toch, and Igor Stravinsky. [Read more…]