Celebration in Song

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Monday, September 27, 2010

Duke Divinity School celebrated the installation of Dean Richard B. Hays on Aug. 31 with a performance in Goodson Chapel of The Holy Sonnets of John Donne by Benjamin Britten.

Dean Hays, the 12th dean of Duke Divinity School, introduced the public performance with reflections about the theology of Donne’s Holy Sonnets.

Elizabeth Byrum Linnartz, a lecturing fellow in Duke’s Department of Music, was the soloist and also presented a lecture on Britten's expression of mood and meaning prior to the musical performance. She was accompanied on piano by Jeremy Begbie, the Thomas A. Langford Research Professor of Theology at the Divinity School.

The concert marked the first event of the year for the Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts, which Begbie directs. The event was a collaboration of DITA, the Divinity School, and the Duke University Department of Music.

Event introduction and comments by Hays and Linnartz:

Performance by Linnartz and Begbie: