Lenten Series 2017: The Beauty of the Cross in Art, Music and Film

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Lenten Series 2017:

The Beauty of the Cross in Art, Music and Film

March 5: The Religious Work of Art

Jeffrey Mahan, Ph. D. Iliff School of Theology

Religion is the subject of some works of art, such as a painting of the crucifixion or a piece of music that expresses a theological theme. But, Jeffrey Mahan invites us to think about the religious work that art does in us, and about what it is, about the nature of faith, that is best expressed through art.

March 12: A Survey of the Requiem Part I

Adam Waite, Minister of Music and John Kuzma, retired Minister of Music, Montview Church

To date, over two thousand musical settings of the Requiem have been composed, from the earliest Gregorian melodies to modern concert works by Benjamin Britten and Igor Stravinsky.  Join Minster of Music Adam Waite and former Minister of Music John Kuzma for a lively two-part exploration and conversation about the history and evolution of this beloved musical expression of faith.

March 19: Cross Through Several Art Periods

Sandy Prouty, Minister of Children and Families

Together we will follow a complex thread of experience and suffering through several art periods as we focus on various masterworks.  The artists’ perspectives may broaden and amplify our own.

March 26: Renaissance

Sandy Prouty, Minister of Children and Families

We will return to the Renaissance and one of the visual artists who joined in this time of reawakening and “Easter morning” creativity.  We will be amazed together as we discuss this art and the reality of its creation.

April 2: A Survey of the Requiem Part I

Adam Waite, Minister of Music and John Kuzma, retired Minister of Music, Montview Church

April 9, Palm Sunday: Cinematic Gospels

Tim Beal, Ph. D., Case Western Reserve University

One of the most popular scenes in movie versions of the story of Jesus comes right after his “Palm Sunday” arrival in Jerusalem: the so-called “cleansing of the Temple,” when he drives out the traders and overturns the tables of the money changers (Matthew 21). In this session, we will compare depictions of this scene in three different “cinematic Gospels”: the musical Jesus Christ Superstar, Martin Scorsese’s The Last Temptation of Christ, and Per Paolo Pasolini’s The Gospel According to Saint Matthew.

 

 

 

 

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