In April 2011, Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts and Duke Chapel co-sponsored a performance of Mendelssohn’s St. Paul. This rarely heard choral work sets texts mainly from the Acts of the Apostles to music, carrying the listener through the drama of the church’s story. The piece was performed by the Duke Chapel Choir and Orchestra conducted by Rodney Wynkoop, the director of chapel music and university choral music.
The concert was preceded by a panel discussion on the theme, “St. Paul’s Conversion: From Word to Music.” Presenters included Dean Richard Hays, an international authority on the writings of Paul; Larry Todd, Duke University professor of music and a world-renowned authority on Mendelssohn; and Siegwart Reichwald, associate professor of musicology at Converse College and author of “The Genesis of Felix Mendelssohn’s Paulus.”