'Music Speaks' Series Examines Faith In Times Of Turbulence

Sept. 19, 2003

by Richard Veit

The Baylor University School of Music will collaborate with the Center for American and Jewish Studies in a four-day series of concerts called "Music Speaks: War, Resistance, Reconciliation and Hope" Sept. 22-25.

The "Music Speaks" series deals with all aspects of music in modern culture. The concerts form the central portion of a broader, 11-day presentation that includes poetry readings, spoken commentary and reflection, and public discussions in various venues around Waco and at the Three Mountain Retreat in Clifton.

The School of Music's participation in the series opens at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 22, in Jones Concert Hall with a performance of music by Mozart and Beethoven, as well as a piece by Joseph Schwantner that utilizes the words of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

On Tuesday, Sept. 23, "In Poetry and Song" will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Miller Chapel with works by Ives, Weill and Poulenc, plus an analysis of and excerpts from Mozart's opera Die Entfnhrung aus dem Serail.

"Music As Food for the Soul," featuring poetry readings and music by Gabrieli, Farkas, Britten, Beethoven and Mozart, will begin at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, in the Harvey Garden of Moody Library.

The Baylor String Quartet will be the featured performers for "Intimate Conversations" at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, in Armstrong Browning Library. The programs will focus on music by Bridge, Barber and Shostakovich.

The concerts are free and open to the public. For more information, call the Baylor University School of Music at 710-3991.

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