Bridges Academy: Enlightened Ritual and Spirituality in 18th Century Europe
Date and Time
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Degheri Alumni Center
The 18th century fosters diametrically opposing perspectives toward faith: enlightened skepticism vis-a-vis pietist devotion. Music emerges as an ideal vehicle where these seemingly irreconcilable viewpoints can co-exist harmoniously. For while its forms and structures rely on the power of reason and its texts appeal to the mind, 18th-century composers forged music's affective qualities to move the listener's spirit. We will consider music by late Baroque composers who espoused Enlightenment ideas, including Bach, Handel, Telemann, and Vivaldi. The lecture also serves as an introduction to the Angelus concert on March 27, 2012, where Baroque works for the Lenten Season will be performed live in Founders Chapel.
For ages 55 and up.
Visit www.sandiego.edu/bridges for more information. Registration is required.