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Friday, May 2, 2014

CVNC Online Arts Journal covers the U.S. premiere of James MacMillan's St. Luke Passion.

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Dean's Songwriter Series Features Christian Music Pioneer Talbot

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 7:30pm
Alumni Memorial Common Room, 152 Langford Building
zkoons@div.duke.edu

The Duke Divinity School Office of the Dean will present John Michael Talbot, American Catholic singer-songwriter, as the featured performer in the next installment of the Dean's Songwriter Series.

Talbot is a Christian music pioneer, best selling author, evangelist, and host of the hit inspirational TV series "All Things are Possible" being aired on The Church Channel. The doors will open at 7 p.m. for the free concert that is co-sponsored by Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts. The concert is open to the public.

There also will be an brown bag lunch session with Talbot open to Divinity School students, faculty, and staff with a question and answer session led by Divinity School Dean Richard Hays earlier that day at 12:25 p.m. in Room 0012 of the Westbrook Building.

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Visit by Documentary Filmmakers

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Rudy and Shirley Nelson present "Precarious Peace: God and Guatemala."

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On April 8-9, Duke Divinity School will host documentary filmmakers Rudy and Shirley Nelson. On April 8 at 8 p.m. they will present a showing of their film, "Precarious Peace: God and Guatemala." The film explores questions on what it takes to end a war and ensure peace.

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'Precarious Peace: God and Guatemala' Film Presentation with Rudy and Shirley Nelson

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 8:00pm to 9:30pm
0015 Westbrook Building
Cathy Germanowski, cgermanowski@div.duke.edu

Duke Divinity School will host "Precarious Peace: God and Guatemala," a documentary film presentation by Rudy and Shirley Nelson, who produced and directed the film. The film explores questions on what it takes to end a war and what it takes to ensure a peace.

Rudy Nelson, emeritus associate professor of English and religious studies at the University at Albany, is the author of The Making and Unmaking of an Evangelical Mind: The Case of Edward Carnell (Cambridge University Press, 1987). Shirley Nelson is the author of the novel The Last Year of the War (Harper and Row, 1978) and Fair, Clear, and Terrible: The Story of Shiloh, Maine (British American, 1989).

The presentation is being sponsored by the Dean's Office, the Divinity School Historical Division, and Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts (DITA)

There also will be a discussion of the Nelsons' recently published novel, The Risk of Returning during Divinity School Professor's Xi Lian's class, World Christianity 815, in Room 031 Westbrook, on April 9 from 2:30 to 4 p.m. The book is a historical novel set in Guatemala in the 1980s reflecting the tragedy and heroism co-existing within Guatemala’s religious communities.

Both events are free and open to the public.

Sounding the Passion

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014
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Sounding the Passion

The U.S. premiere of a St. Luke Passion by acclaimed composer James MacMillan caps a four-year international theology and arts collaboration.

Beginning April 9, Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts (DITA) will present the result of a project four years in the making: the U.S. premiere of a St. Luke Passion by internationally acclaimed composer James MacMillan.

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'St. Luke Passion' Concert

Sunday, April 13, 2014 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Duke Chapel
Duke Chapel at http://chapel.duke.edu/passion

Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts (DITA) at Duke Divinity School will host the U.S. premiere of Scottish composer James MacMillan’s St. Luke Passion in Duke Chapel. The newly commissioned piece offers a fresh, dramatic, and intensely moving setting of the Apostle Luke’s biblical account of Christ’s suffering and death.

The piece is scored for orchestra, organ, soloists, and two choirs. It will be performed on Palm Sunday by the Duke Chapel Choir, Durham Children's Choir, and Orchestra Pro Cantores, and conducted by Rodney Wynkoop, director of Duke University choral music.

Tickets are $35 for preferred seating, $20 for general admission, $18 for Duke faculty and staff, and $5 for students. They can be purchased through the Duke University Box Office.

The concert is the culmination of “Sounding the Passion: Encounters in Poetry, Theology, and Music,” a series of April 9-13 events sponsored by the Divinity School, Duke Chapel, and the Duke University Music Department, in collaboration with the Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts.

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Composition Master Class with Composer James MacMillan

Friday, April 11, 2014 - 2:00pm to 4:30pm
Biddle Music Building, Bone Hall, Duke University
Music Department at (919) 660-3333 or ethomps@duke.edu

Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts (DITA) at Duke Divinity School and the Duke University Music Department will host a composers' workshop led by Stephen Jaffe, Mary and James H. Semans professor of music composition in the Duke University Department of Music Department, and with James MacMillan, internationally recognized Scottish composer and conductor.

During the class, MacMillan will listen and respond to the work of graduate students in music composition. The class also will include a performance of MacMillan's Kiss on Wood, for cello and piano.

The free class is open to the public. Pre-registration is not necessary.

The class is part of “Sounding the Passion: Encounters in Poetry, Theology, and Music,” a series of April 9-13 events culminating in the U.S. premiere of the newly commissioned St. Luke Passion by MacMillan.

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Public Panel Discussion on ‘The Future of Theology’

Friday, April 11, 2014 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
0016 Westbrook, Duke Divinity School
Duke Divinity School at events@div.duke.edu

Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts (DITA) at Duke Divinity School will host a free public panel discussion with David Ford, religious professor of divinity, and Sarah Coakley, established chair in philosophy of religion, both of the University of Cambridge in Britain; and Alan Torrance, professor and chair of systematic theology at the University of St. Andrews School of Divinity in Scotland. 

Panelists will discuss their vision for the future of theology. An audience question and answer session will follow. Advance registration is encouraged.

The panel discussion is part of “Sounding the Passion: Encounters in Poetry, Theology, and Music,” a series of April 9-13 events culminating in the U.S. premiere of the newly commissioned St. Luke Passion by internationally recognized Scottish composer James MacMillan.

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Public Lecture with Composer James MacMillan and Theologian Sarah Coakley

Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Goodson Chapel, Duke Divinity School
Duke Divinity School at events@div.duke.edu

Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts (DITA) at Duke Divinity School will host a lecture with James MacMillan, an internationally recognized Scottish composer and conductor. The free lecture will provide the framework and introduction to a U.S. premiere of the newly commissioned St. Luke Passion composed by MacMillan that will premiere Palm Sunday (April 13) in Duke Chapel. It also will provide insight into the composition of the work.

The lecture will be introduced by DITA director Jeremy Begbie and followed by a response from theologian Sarah Coakley, established chair at the University of Cambridge in philosophy of religion. Advance registration is encouraged.

The lecture is part of “Sounding the Passion: Encounters in Poetry, Theology, and Music,” a series of April 9-13 events culminating in the composition’s premiere.

Learn more and register

Public Panel Discussion with Duke-Cambridge Consultation on 'St. Luke Passion' Project

Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
0016 Westbrook, Duke Divinity School
Duke Divinity School at events@div.duke.edu

Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts (DITA) at Duke Divinity School will host the Duke-Cambridge Consultation for a free public panel discussion on working with internationally recognized Scottish composer James MacMillan and the St. Luke Passion project. The newly commissioned composition will have its U.S. premiere on Palm Sunday (April 13) in Duke Chapel.

Panelists will include: Duke Divinity School faculty Dean Richard Hays, George Washington Ivey Professor of New Testament; Ray Barfield, associate professor of pediatrics and Christian philosophy; Jeremy Begbie, Thomas A. Langford Research Professor of Theology and DITA director; Kavin Rowe, associate professor of New Testament; and Ellen Davis, Amos Ragan Kearns Distinguished Professor of Bible and Practical Theology.

Other panelists will be: MacMillan, a composer and conductor; David Ford, religious professor of divinity at the University of Cambridge in Britain; Irish poet Micheal O’Siadhail; and Alan Torrance, professor and chair of systematic theology at the University of St. Andrews School of Divinity in Scotland.

The panel discussion is part of “Sounding the Passion: Encounters in Poetry, Theology, and Music,” a series of April 9-13 events culminating in the premiere of St. Luke Passion.

Learn more and register

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