Past events

Past events listed here.

Hymn Society Church Music Workshop

Date: March 31, 2017
Time: 5-8PM
Location: Marsh Chapel
Topics Include: “The 4 Functions of a Church Choir; Coritos: Liturgy of the People; Language as a Means of Grace; They Didn’t Teach Me That In School.”
Free Event

Nicola Slee Lecture

Title: “The Christa Project; Seeking a Risen Christa.”
Date: February 16
Time: 4:00-5:20
Location: STH room 325

Artists Reception for Sense of Place Exhibit

Celebrates paintings by women artists from Maine and Ecuador.
Date: February 16
Time: 5:30-7:00PM
Location: STH Community Center

 

The Most Sacred Body of Jesus by James Kallembach

Marsh Chapel Choir and Collegium
Scott Allen Jarrett conducting
The world premiere performance of a work commissioned to meet the specific needs of the Marsh Chapel Holy Week liturgies.

Time: 1:00-3:00 pm on Good Friday, March 25, 2016

J.S. Bach’s Easter Oratorio, BWV 249
J.S. Bach’s Christ lag in Todesbanden, BWV 4

Marsh Chapel Choir and Collegium
Scott Allen Jarrett conducting
Admission: $10; no charge with any valid student ID

Time: 8:00 pm on Saturday, April 16, 2016

The Bach Experience: The Ninth Annual Bach Cantata Series

9:45 a.m. – Discussion of the cantata of the day
11:00 a.m. – Performance of the cantata in the morning worship service

September 27, 2015: Erfreut euch, ihr Herzen, BWV 66
November 15, 2015: Bleib bei uns, denn es will Abend werden, BWV 6
February 7, 2016: Der Himmel lacht! Die Erde jubilieret, BWV 31
April 17, 2016: Christ lag in Todesbanden, BWV 4

Location: Marsh Chapel

Led by Music Director Scott Allen Jarrett, the Bach Experience at Marsh Chapel explores Bach’s musical world and theological connections. In a series of four talks, Dr. Jarrett and the Chapel Choir and Collegium present four cantatas throughout the year in service and performance. As the largest portion of Bach’s compositional output, the sacred cantatas possess great insight and perspective on the week’s liturgy through sensitive musical expression.

The Most Sacred Body of Jesus by James Kallembach

Marsh Chapel Choir and Collegium
Scott Allen Jarrett conducting
The world premiere performance of a work commissioned to meet the specific needs of the Marsh Chapel Holy Week liturgies.

Time: 1:00-3:00 pm on Good Friday, March 25, 2016

Spiritual Paint Night

Join the Global Ministries Department for two hours of exploring painting as a spiritual practice. We will learn about art as a devotional practice, enjoy snacks, and paint our own unique creations. No prior painting experience is required – everyone is welcome! Space is limited, so reserve your spot quickly. Contact Chaplain Jessica Chicka, jchicka@bu.edu, to register.

Time: 7:00 pm on Friday, January 29, 2016

Annual Meeting of the Society for Christian Scholarship in Music

The Annual Meeting of the Society for Christian Scholarship in Music will be held from Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 11:00 AM until Saturday February 13, 2016 at 1:00 PM at Boston University, Boston, MA.

In addition to individual papers on a wide variety of topics, the meeting will include a keynote address by Dr. Karen Westerfield Tucker, Professor of Worship at Boston University; a concert by the Boston Choral Ensemble; a special exhibition in the library of the School of the Theology; and opportunities to visit the American Guild of Organists Library and the BU Symphonic Organ.

Please register for the event through the Eventbrite page by searching for the Annual Meeting of the Society for Christian Scholarship in Music and choosing the appropriate ticket. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the conference, please contact Kendra Moore at kendramm@bu.edu.

The program and schedule is available at the SCSM web site: http://www.scsmusic.org/2016-boston-university/.

A Voice From Heaven – By the Boston Choral Ensemble

The fourth concert in our season, “A Voice From Heaven,” is on Friday, February 12, 2016 at 8:00 PM at Marsh Chapel on the campus of Boston University. This concert is part of the annual conference of the Society for Christian Scholarship in Music, and includes two of the best choral works composed in the last one hundred years: the sublime Requiem (1936/1980) by Herbert Howells and the Pulitzer prize-winning Little Match Girl Passion (2008) by David Lang. Howells’ Requiem is not a traditional requiem mass, but rather a personal collection of Christian texts on death and salvation. Lang’s Passion uses the story by Hans Christian Anderson and updates it to a contemporary secular passion narrative. The concert will end with a round table discussion by a distinguished group of scholars and performers

Price: $10 – $25
General Admission – $25
Students/Seniors – $15
Save $5 per ticket when you order online.
FREE for all BU faculty, staff, and students.

J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion

Please join the Marsh Chapel Choir and Collegium for a performance of Johann Sebastian Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244, in the Marsh Chapel Nave.

Time: 7:30 pm on Saturday, February 27, 2016

Black Nativity

Produced by the National Center of Afro-American Artists, Black Nativity is a joyous celebration of a miraculous event of 2000 years ago. Based on text from the Gospel of St. Luke and interwoven with black vernacular narration, the song-play is dedicated to women and men of “good will” from all traditions. Its lively music enthusiastically performed by children and adults and its dramatic dance uplift the spirit of all. This legendary Christmas presentation is the Black community’s gift to the world. Without a doubt, it is a theatrical wonderment that for 45 years has delivered a power message of renewal, peace and hope. Boston’s captivating production is the longest running performance of Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes’ song-play in the world.

Price: $32-45
Location: Paramount Center Mainstage, 559 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02111
Times:
8pm, Friday, December 18, 2015
3:30pm and 8pm, Saturday, December 19, 2015
3:30pm, Sunday, December 20, 2015

A Mediterranean Christmas – Boston Camerata

The Christmas narrative retold through profoundly beautiful songs, chants, and instrumental pieces from the countries of the Mediterranean basin: Spain, Italy, southern France, North Africa and the Holy Land. Works are drawn from medieval manuscripts and more recent folklore and oral traditions. With voices, early instruments of Europe and the Middle East, and readings of the Christmas story. Camerata is joined by SHARQ Arabic Ensemble.

Price: $10-55
Location: Hancock United Church of Christ, 1912 Mass. Ave., Lexington, MA 02421
Time: 8pm, Friday, December 18, 2015

Trans-Siberian Orchestra 2015 – The Ghosts of Christmas Eve

Come and enjoy an awesome concert!

Price: $42.50-72.50
Location: TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114
Time: 7:30pm, Thursday, December 17, 2015

University Lessons and Carols Service

Join together as the entire BU Community and City celebrates the annual Lessons and Carols service – featuring music from Seminary Singers, Marsh Chapel Choir and Majestic Brass. All are welcome.

Time: 6pm-7:30pm, Friday, December 11, 2015
Location: Marsh Chapel, 735 Commonwealth Avenue

Spiritual Poetry Slam

Join the Global Ministries Department and the Spiritual Writing Club on the lower level of Marsh Chapel for a night of poetry recitation, writing, and appreciation. No poetic prowess is necessary – just come with an open mind and an appetite for swanky snacks and fingers that snap! Contact Chaplain Jessica Chicka, jchicka@bu.edu, for more information.

Time: 7pm-9pm, Thursday, December 3, 2015
Location: Marsh Chapel, 735 Commonwealth Avenue

Marsh Chapel Music at King’s Chapel

Music at Marsh Chapel is proud to participate again in King’s Chapel’s esteemed Tuesday Afternoon Recital Series. This year, we feature three of our choral scholars and the Arneis Quartet, composed of members of the Marsh Chapel Collegium. Admission is free, but donations are accepted. King’s Chapel is located at 58 Tremont Street in Boston. This month, join soprano Jacquelyn Stucker and the Marsh Chapel Collegium for a performance of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Mein Herze schwimmt im Blut (My heart swims in blood), BWV 199. Dr. Scott Allen Jarrett conducting.

Time: 12:15pm, Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Address: King’s Chapel, 58 Tremont St., Boston, MA 02108

Melodies of the Soul, Then and Now: A Musical Homage to Saint Theresa of Avila, 1515-2015

As a part of “Celebrating a Mystic and Reformer: Saint Theresa of Avila,” Boston University presents, “Melodies of the Soul, Then and Now: A Musical Homage to Saint Theresa of Avila.” This event will feature the music of Mompou, Part, Ligeti, and Chaillou; with readings from Saint Theresa of Avila and Saint John of the Cross. The performers will be Camila Parias (soprano) and Moises Fernandez Via (piano). This event is free and open to the public.

Time: 8pm-10pm, Monday, November 30, 2015
Location: Marsh Chapel, 735 Commonwealth Avenue
URL: http://www.bu.edu/rs/2015/11/12/melodies-of-the-soul-celebrating-saint-theresa-de-avila-1515-2015/

Did the Maccabees Intend to Conquer the Promised Land?

Join Professors Katell Berthelot (National Center for Scientific Research, Aix-en-Provence, France) and Yonder Gillihan (Boston College) as they debate the historicity of the Maccabean wars of conquest and ask if the texts truly support the idea of a planned re-conquest of the biblical Land of Israel. This event is part of the Dialogue Series, presented by The Maccabees Project. This project is a joint collaboration of Boston University and Boston College, and is supported by The Elie Wiesel Center for Jewish Studies at Boston University, the Boston University Center for the Humanities, the Jewish Cultural Endowment, the Boston University Department of Archaeology, and The Institute for the Liberal Arts at Boston College. RSVPS requested by 11/23.

Time: 7:30pm-9:30pm, Monday, November 30, 2015
Address: Congregation Kehillat Israel 384 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA
Price: Free
Register: https://maccabees-and-the-promised-land.eventbrite.com

Trans-Siberian Orchestra 2015

The Hallmark Channel Presents the Trans-Siberian Orchestra 2015: The Ghosts of Christmas Eve. Come on out and listen to some great live music!

Time: 3pm and 8pm, Saturday, November 28, 2015
Location: Verizon Wireless Arena, 555 Elm Street, Manchester, NH 03101
Price: $32-69

Thurman Choir Rehearsal

Please join us in the lower level of Marsh Chapel. In the spirit of Dean Howard Thurman’s visionary ministry of a “common ground,” the Thurman Choir is open to any and all members of the Boston University community who wish to lift their voice in song as a community of common faith. The choir sings in worship service three Sundays each semester and provides the music for the Candlelight Christmas Eve Service. NO audition or previous experience is required, and a multi-generational experience is encouraged.

Time: 12:30pm-1:30pm, Sunday, November 22, 2015
Address: Marsh Chapel, 735 Commonwealth Avenue

Inner Strength Gospel Choir Fall Concert

Join the Inner Strength Gospel Choir and ISGC Director Herbert S. Jones in the Nave of Marsh Chapel for their Fall Concert!

Time: 7:30pm, Friday, November 20, 2015
Address: Marsh Chapel, 735 Commonwealth Avenue

Boston Jewish Film Festival: The Gruninger File

Based on the incredible untold story of a man who risked everything to save thousands of Jews. In 1938, the Nazis annexed Austria, and Switzerland closed its borders to Jewish refugees. Working against orders, Swiss Police Commander Paul Gruninger put his career at stake and allowed 3,600 Austrian Jews to pass into Switzerland. The story of his heroism is told as a suspenseful thriller relating the tense war of wits fought between Paul Gruninger and his superiors in the police force of officially neutral Switzerland.

Dates, Times, Addresses, and Prices vary below:

Date: Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Time: 3pm
Address: Warwick Cinema, 123 Pleasant Street, Marblehead, MA 01915
Price: $4-6

Date: Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Time: 7pm
Address: Fine Arts Theatre Place, 19 Summer Street, Maynard, MA 01754
Price: $11-16

Boston Jewish Film Festival: Dough

A heartwarming comedy about an interfaith, intergenerational friendship. Nat (Jonathan Pryce, Game of Thrones) hires his cleaning lady’s son, Ayyash, as a new apprentice. When Ayyash drops some marijuana into a batch of challah dough, unknowing customers are thrilled with their orders and bakery sales rise — but so does the hilarious dilemma for Ayyash and Nat.

Dates, Times, Addresses, and Prices vary below:

Date: Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Time: 1pm
Address: Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA 02446
Price: $4-6

Date: Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Time: 7pm
Address: Arlington Capitol Theatre, 204 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA 02474
Price: $11-16

Date: Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Time: 7pm
Address: AMC Framingham, 22 Flutie Pass, Framingham, MA 01701
Price: $11-16

White on White: Churches of Rural New England

Presenting 40 images by Boston photographer and trained architect, Steve Rosenthal, this exhibition showcases rural New England churches of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. From the early meetinghouse through the changing patterns of Greek and Gothic revivals, Rosenthal’s black and white depictions will trace the evolution of church styles in New England and capture what remains of these architecture gems around the region. The exhibition is organized by Historic New England.

Date: November 9, 2015-January 31, 2016 (not open Christmas Eve/Day or New Year’s Eve/Day)
Time: All Day
Price: Free
Address: BSA Space, 290 Congress Street Suite 200, Boston, MA 02210

Resurrected Voices: Letters from the Holocaust

Timed to coincide with the 75th anniversary of the Nazis’ first mass deportation of Jews from Germany, “Resurrected Voices” tells the story of an extended German Jewish family from 1935 through the end of World War II. Linda Ziskind, the daughter of Holocaust survivors, uses family letters, documents and photographs to bring to life the suffering and struggle for survival under Nazi rule. These articles will be on view in a “mini-museum” beginning at 7 p.m.

Date: Monday, November 9, 2015
Time: 7:30pm
Price: Free
Address: Hebrew College (Berenson Hall), 160 Herrick Road, Newton Centre, MA 02459

Scripture and the Arts: Marcus Milwright: “Medium and Message: Decoding the Mosaic Message in ‘Abd al-Malik’s Dome of the Rock”

The Program for Scripture and the Arts presents Marcus Milwright (University of Victoria, Dept. of Art History and Visual Studies), who will be speaking on “Medium and Message: Decoding the Mosaic Message in ‘Abd al-Malik’s Dome of the Rock.”

The seventh-century Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem is remarkable for its use of the Arabic inscriptions, most notably a very long band of golden mosaic writing around the outer and inner faces of the octagonal arcade. Professor Milwright will consider this mosaic writing in the context of late antique craft practices and early Arabic epigraphy in order to suggest new ways of understanding the messages conveyed by the mosaic inscriptions and their role in the ideological program of the early Islamic state.
This event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Boston University Center for the Humanities, Department of History of Art and Architecture, and the Institute for the Study of Muslim Societies and Civilizations.

Time: 5:30pm-8:00pm, Monday, November 9th, 2015
Location: 8 St. Mary’s St. Photonics Center, room 906

Sister Act

SISTER ACT is the feel-amazing musical comedy smash based on the hit 1992 film that will have audiences jumping to their feet! When disco diva Deloris Van Cartier witnesses a murder, she is put in protective custody in one place the cops are sure she won’t be a found: a convent! Disguised as a nun, she finds herself at odds with both the rigid lifestyle and uptight Mother Superior. Using her unique talents to inspire the choir, Deloris breathes new life into the church and community. Featuring all new original music by Tony and 8-time Oscar winner Alan Menken (Newsies, Beauty And The Beast, Little Shop Of Horrors), this uplifting musical is filled with powerful gospel music, outrageous dancing and a truly moving story, Sister Act will leave audiences breathless. A sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship, SISTER ACT is reason to rejoice!

Dates and Times:
7:30pm, Tuesday, November 3, 2015
2pm and 7:30pm, Wednesday, November 4, 2015
7:30pm, Thursday, November 5, 2015
8pm, Friday, November 6, 2015
2pm and 8pm, Saturday, November 7, 2015
2pm, Sunday, November 8, 2015
7:30pm, Tuesday, November 10, 2015
2pm and 7:30pm, Wednesday, November 11, 2015
7:30pm, Thursday, November 12, 2015
8pm, Friday, November 13, 2015
2pm and 8pm, Saturday, November 14, 2015
2pm, Sunday, November 15, 2015

Price: $54-79
Address: North Shore Music Theatre, 62 Dunham Road, Beverly, MA 01915

Thurman Choir Rehearsal

Please join us in the lower level of Marsh Chapel. In the spirit of Dean Howard Thurman’s visionary ministry of a “common ground,” the Thurman Choir is open to any and all members of the Boston University community who wish to lift their voice in song as a community of common faith. The choir sings in worship service three Sundays each semester and provides the music for the Candlelight Christmas Eve Service. NO audition or previous experience is required, and a multi-generational experience is encouraged.

Time: 12:30pm-1:30pm, Sunday, November 8, 2015
Address: Marsh Chapel, 735 Commonwealth Avenue

From Mayflower to Marathon

Two historic churches will be the sites of free festivals celebrating Boston’s heritage of hymns, Psalms and patriotic songs “From Mayflower to Marathon,” on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 7 and 8.

The first event will be hosted by Old West Church, 131 Cambridge St., in downtown Boston on Nov. 7 at 7:30 p.m. The second event will be held at Christ Church, Andover, 25 Central Street on Nov. 8 at 4 p.m.

The programs are sponsored by The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada, the Boston Chapter of the American Guild of Organists (AGO), and Christ Church, Andover.

“We believe that congregational song has the power to transform individuals and communities,” said Dr. Carol Doran, of Andover, one of the festival presenters, who is also a composer of contemporary hymns. “The purpose of these festivals is to showcase the many ways in which it has been—and is being—used to unite communities in times of crisis.”

One of the pieces to be sung during the festival will be a hymn written in the aftermath of the Marathon bombing that was composed by Dr. Doran and Dr. Carl P. Daw, Jr. of the Boston University School of Theology. “We hope that people from all over the greater Boston area will join us,” Dr. Doran added.

Peter Krasinski, Dean of the Boston AGO said his organization was inspired to participate in a collaboration that demonstrates the importance that congregational song has had in worship in Boston through the centuries.

Speaking on behalf of The Hymn Society, Joanne Reynolds commented that “We want The Hymn Society to be the first place people turn to for resources in congregational song, whether it’s for weekly worship purposes or in time of community crisis.”

Ms. Reynolds, who is chair of the Society’s Financial Development Committee, explained that The Hymn Society is in the process of raising $2.2 million to endow The Center for Congregational Song. “Because the Center’s programs will be both Internet and locally based, these two festivals will be a great opportunity to demonstrate how it will function,” she said.

Both festivals will be free, but there will be a free-will offering taken. A reception will follow the presentation in Andover.

For further information, contact Olga Lipina, Music Director at Old West Church, 617-227-5088 or Barbara Bruns, Minister of Music at Christ Church in Andover, bbruns@christchurchandover.org.

Additional information about event may be found at http://www.thehymnsociety.org/#!boston-hymn-festival-2015/c12nx.

For information on the Boston Chapter of AGO, please visit www.bostonago.com and https://www.facebook.com/bostonago.

Cappella Pratensis with Joshua Rifkin: “Saints, Stories, and a Prayer: Motets by Clemens non Papa”

The Center for Early Music Studies presents Cappella Pratensis with Joshua Rifkin: “Saints, Stories, and a Prayer: Motets by Clemens non Papa”. This event is free and open to the public. This event is a part of the November 6 and 7 conference: “Valorizing Clemens non Papa”. For more information please visit http://www.bu.edu/earlymusic

Time: 8pm, Friday, November 6, 2015
Address: Marsh Chapel, 735 Commonwealth Avenue

Songs of the Oracle

Tramontana’s third season kicks off with an exciting program of prophecy and mysticism. “Songs of the Oracle” is a creatively woven exploration of secular, mystical, and sacred beliefs about the coming of Christ. The powerful Prophetiae Sibyllarum combine the mystical texts of the ancient oracles – including the oracle at Delphi – with some of Lassus’ most daring harmonies. Motets by William Byrd explore these same ideas from the pen of a Catholic in hiding from a Protestant monarch. Join us for an hour of sacred mysteries, secular prophecies, and glorious singing!

Tramontana: Elise Groves (soprano), Hilary Anne Walker (mezzo-soprano), Gerrod Pagenkopf (countertenor), Sean Lair (tenor), James Dargan (baritone)

Sponsored by the MIT Office of Religious Life and Campus Activities Complex and introducing the MIT Chapel Concert Series

Free will donations accepted

Date: November 6, 2015
Time: 8pm
Price: Free
Address: MIT Chapel, 48 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02139

The Gospel of Mark in Performance

Experience the Gospel of Mark as it was first conceived, in the oral tradition. Parishioners of Trinity Church Boston will present a 90-minute staged dramatic reading of this scripture, led by drama and vocal coach Kirsten Cairns. Free and open to all.

Date: Friday, November 6, 2015
Time: 7:30pm
Price: Free
Address: Trinity Church in the City of Boston, 206 Clarendon Street, Boston, MA 02116

Boston Jewish Film Festival: Encirclements

A story set in an insular Orthodox Sephardic community. When 13-year-old Aharon is selected to carry at the Torah in his town’s Simchat Torah celebration, he believes his luck may be changing. Maybe he will no longer be at the mercy of his neighborhood bullies. Maybe his father, Ninio (Lior Ashkenazi, Walk on Water, Eli and Ben, Footnote), will no longer be seen as the town loser. Maybe his mother will become happy again. Or maybe he will just learn some important lessons about growing up. Price: $11-16

Dates, Times, and Addresses vary below:

Date: Thursday, November 5, 2015
Time: 9pm
Address: Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St., Brookline, MA 02446

Date: Sunday, November 8, 2015
Time: 12:30pm
Address: West Newton Cinema, 1296 Washington Street, West Newton, MA 02465

Quill of the Soul: A Musical Tribute to Elie Wiesel

Inspired by Elie Wiesel’s “Melodies of My Childhood,” and the work of Israeli composer Andre Hajdu, Matti Kovler presents an evening that will take the Hasidic Niggun (or “chant”) as its point of departure. Incorporating instrumental music, song, and media, this performance will explore surprising parallels between Nigguns and other world incantations. The diversity of the program – and of the cast – will mirror the variety of faiths and ethnicities – from Hindu to Sufi to Buddhist – that share similar approaches to sacred song.

Date: Sunday, November 1, 2015
Time: 7:00pm
Price: $10-18 (Free for BU students, staff, and faculty w/ BU ID)
Address: Tsai Performance Center, 685 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA 02215

Requiem for All Souls

Trinity Church Boston’s La Farge Ensemble sings Tomás Luis de Victoria’s Missa pro defunctis (Requiem) during the evening Eucharist on All Souls Day. Experience this shimmering masterpiece of the Spanish Renaissance within the tranquil beauty of Trinity Church Boston by night. Reception to follow.

Date: Sunday, November 1, 2015
Time: 6:00pm
Price: Free
Address: Trinity Church in the City of Boston, 206 Clarendon Street, Boston, MA 02116

Reading and Discussion of The Crucible

Do you believe in witches? Did Arthur Miller? What parallels can we find between 17th century Salem and 20th America? Come to a four-session reading and discussion of The Crucible with an optional visit to Salem and Salem Village. Paperback and Kindle editions of The Crucible are available on Amazon for under $10 and at the library. Eileen Reilly facilitates. Monday, Sept. 28 through October 26, 1:30-3:00pm. Cost: $16. Advance registration by calling (978) 623-8321 at The Center at Punchard.

Guest Speaker: The Light of Memory: John La Farge and Stained Glass

Boston, MA- “The Light of Memory: John La Farge and Stained Glass”: Guest Speaker Jeffery Howe, curator of “John La Farge and the Recovery of Sacred” at the McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College, discusses La Farge’s stained glass and how he carefully considered how his windows would be perceived as a sign of the sacred, and anticipated key aspects of modern art theory.

Join us at the 19th Annual Boston International Fine Art Show on October 25 at 3 p.m. in the Lecture Hall at the Cyclorama, Boston Center for The Arts at 539 Tremont St. Boston, MA.

Details: 617-363-0405
For more info: http://www.FineArtBoston.com
Price: Free-$15

For Heaven is a Different Thing: Choral Settings of Sacred Poetry

A world premiere by Richard J. Clark and works of Gerald Finzi, Carson Cooman, James Woodman, and others give voice to poetry by George Herbert, John Donne, and Hildegard of Bingen. Jennifer Lester, conductor, with Heinrich Christensen, organ.

Visit www.seraphimsingers.org for tickets and information.

Time: 3pm, October 25, 2015
Location: First Congregational Church Cambridge, 11 Garden St., Cambridge, MA 02138
Price: $15-20

Thurman Choir Rehearsal

Please join us in the lower level of Marsh Chapel. In the spirit of Dean Howard Thurman’s visionary ministry of a “common ground,” the Thurman Choir is open to any and all members of the Boston University community who wish to lift their voice in song as a community of common faith. The choir sings in worship service three Sundays each semester and provides the music for the Candlelight Christmas Eve Service. NO audition or previous experience is required, and a multi-generational experience is encouraged.

Time: 12:30-1:30pm, October 25, 2015

Reception for “Scots Jews: Identity, Belonging and the Future”

There have been Jews in Scotland since at least the 17th century, coming initially in ones and twos to study at Scotland’s famed universities and then in increasing numbers through the 19th and into the 20th centuries as persecution in Eastern Europe made Jewish life increasingly precarious. While maintaining its particular traditions, the Jewish community prided itself in the way it quickly became immersed in Scottish society. “Scots Jews” is a unique photography exhibition on contemporary Scottish Jewish life by award-winning documentary photographer Judah Passow. Join us for this special reception to welcome the traveling exhibition to Hebrew College. The collection will be on view from Oct. 15 through Jan. 16, 2016.

See more at: https://secure.hebrewcollege.edu/upcoming-events#sthash.eRipxLX2.dpuf

Reception Date and Time: 6pm, October 21, 2015
Address: Hebrew College, Berenson Hall, 160 Herrick Road, Newton Centre, MA 02459
Price: Free

BU Graduate Chorus Concert with Marsh Chapel Choir

Scott Allen Jarrett, director; This event is free and open to the public.

Starts: 8pm, Saturday, October 17, 2015
Address: 735 Commonwealth Ave.
Room: Marsh Chapel

Pipe Organ Concert

An evening of Hymn Tunes and Folk Song Arrangements like you’ve never heard before−including Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor. Organist Terrie Harman, AAGO, is a student of Harold Stover and Ray Cornils. Terrie is a contributing member of the American Guild of Organists and holds the credential of Associate of that organization. Terrie’s performance at the Red Brick Church in Exeter is to celebrate the 215th birthday of the church. A free-will offering will be taken.

Guests may also wish to attend the Dinner Through Time that includes recipes discovered in the archives of the church. Chef John McDonald will prepare the dinner. Seating is limited and dinner starts at 6:00 PM. A $10 ticketed donation per person is requested and reservations are required. Please call 603-772-3098 to make your reservation.

Time: 7:30pm, October 17, 2015
Price: Free
Location: Red Brick Church, 2 Spring Street, Exeter, NH 03833

Inner Strength Gospel Choir: Parent’s Weekend Concert

Join the Inner Strength Gospel Choir and ISGC Director Herbert S. Jones for a special Parent’s Weekend “mini-concert” on the front steps of Marsh Chapel!

Time: 12:30pm, Saturday, October 17, 2015

Gandhi

Free showing of the Oscar winning movie “Gandhi”

Time: 8pm, October 16, 2015
Price: Free
Location: Regis College, 235 Wellesley Street, Fine Arts Center Atrium
Weston, MA 02493

Salome

Bridge Repertory Theater kicks off its third season with Oscar Wilde’s fast-paced one-act, inspired by the iconic Bible story, featuring dancer Shura Baryshnikov in the titular role.

Oscar Wilde’s rich, heightened text enlivens a most dangerous bargain: Herod begs Salomé, “Dance for me,” and in exchange promises anything she desires. Salomé complies with the mysterious and erotic dance of the seven veils. To Herod’s horror, she then demands the severed head of John the Baptist on a silver platter – an act of retaliation born of unrequited love-at-first-sight. Will Herod honor his word?

Director Olivia D’Ambrosio will stage Salomé at First Church in Boston’s Back Bay, where audiences will be engulfed in an immersive, banquet-style environment. D’Ambrosio radicalizes the legend and Oscar Wilde’s play by setting this specific production in the year 1970. D’Ambrosio says of Salomé: “We are opening our third season with a play that defies categorization. It is sexy, terrifying, hilarious, and, above all, epic.”

Times:
7:30pm, October 8, 2015
8pm, October 9, 2015
8pm, October 10, 2015
7pm, October 11, 2015
All day, October 14, 2015
7:30pm, October 15, 2015
8pm, October 17, 2015
7pm, October 18, 2015

Price: $14-40
Location: First Church in Boston, 66 Marlborough St., Boston, MA 02134

The Book of Mormon

The Book of Mormon follows two young missionaries who are sent to Uganda to try to convert citizens to the Mormon religion. One missionary, Elder Price, is an enthusiastic go-getter with a strong dedication to his faith, while his partner, Elder Cunningham, is a socially awkward but well meaning nerd whose tendency to embroider the truth soon lands him in trouble. Upon their arrival in Africa, Elders Price and Cunningham learn that in a society plagued by AIDS, poverty and violence, a successful mission may not be as easy as they expected

Times:
2pm and 8pm, October 3, 2015
1pm and 6:30pm, October 4, 2015
7:30pm, October 6, 2015
7:30pm, October 7, 2015
7:30pm, October 8, 2015
8pm, October 9, 2015
2pm and 8pm, October 10, 2015
1pm and 6:30pm, October 11, 2015

Price: $34-$185
Location: Citi Emerson Colonial Theatre-Citi Center, 106 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

Kirtan Tour: Shantala Living Water, Sacred Chants of Love and Grace

Benjy and Heather Wertheimer have been leading kirtan (sacred chanting) worldwide since 2001 as the duo Shantala. They are known for their special gift of bringing the audience into a vast and loving experience through their unique blend of exquisite voices with instruments of India and the West. Together they create music with beauty, passion, and reverence. Heather and Benjy have released five beautiful and well-loved albums of sacred chant music since 2003, including Living Waters, Jaya, LIVE in love, Sri, and The Love Window.

Shantala has performed and recorded internationally with such sacred music luminaries as Krishna Das, Deva Premal & Miten, and Jai Uttal. They were named as one of the top Kirtan “Wallahs to Watch” by Yoga + Joyful Living Magazine. Kirtan is a celebration of spirit through the chanting of sacred names, carrying the audience into a state of heightened awareness, bliss, and devotion. The audience is invited to participate fully through call-and-response chanting, dance, and meditation.

Price: $30
Time: 7:30pm, October 8, 2015
Location: Ebb N Flow Yoga, 265 Main St., Northborough, MA 01532

The Seven Deadly Sins

The BU Fall Fringe Festival, now in its 19th season, is a collaboration between the College of Fine Arts School of Music: Opera Institute and School of Theatre. The festival’s mission is to produce new or rarely performed significant works in the opera and theatre repertoire, bringing performers and audiences together in unique theatrical settings. In The Seven Deadly Sins, widely considered among Kurt Weill’s masterpieces, two immigrant sisters embark on a seven-year odyssey through seven vice-laden cities, as they try to earn money to build a family home in Louisiana. Sung in English. Approximate running time: 50 minutes. Please be advised that there will be no late seating for this production. All performances will begin at the scheduled curtain time.

Times:
2pm, October 3, 2015
2pm, October 4, 2015

URL: http://www.bu.edu/cfa/fringe
Location: Boston University Theatre
Room: Lane-Comley Studio 210

DevotionFest

DevotionFest is a day long celebration uniting seekers from all over the northeast with some of their favorite local sacred musicians, yoga instructors, expressive artists and teachers from a variety of spiritual traditions.

As we harmonize our voices and dance together with consciousness, we activate the healing power of the human spirit.

We are committed to bringing together and honoring our local spiritual community of Kirtan Artists, Chanters, Bhakti Practitioners, Devotional Dancers and Spiritual Leaders.

Price: Sliding scale $0-108
Time: 9:30am, October 3, 2015
Location: Taunton First Parish Church, 76 Church Green, Taunton, MA 02780

Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art Reading Group

Meets Weekly
Time: Mondays, 1:30-3:00PM
Location: School of Theology, 541
Participant Led

Last semester the Philosophy Department hosted a small aesthetics and philosophy of art reading group for the various interested parties in our department. As art and aesthetics are topics relevant to a fair few departments here at BU, and in the interest of extending interdisciplinary engagement, I would like to expand the group by inviting members of your department to join us. In the past we have read excerpts from Collingwood, Benjamin, Heidegger, Danto, Carroll, and several others (including members of our department) on topics ranging from intentionalism and interpretation (both in narrative and in general) to “art horror” and the imagination, concerning nearly every genre of art (though, at least last semester, with an emphasis on film and literature). Please join us for all or part of any or all meetings!

The Bach Experience: The Eighth Annual Bach Cantata Series

9:45 a.m. – Discussion of the excerpt of the day
11:00 a.m. – Performance of the excerpt during the University worship service
February 8, 2015: Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern, BWV 1
April 12, 2015: Halt im gedächtnis Jesum Christ, BWV 67
Location: Marsh Chapel

This year, we focus on four of Bach’s great sacred cantatas. The cantatas account for a large portion of Bach’s compositional output, offering a sensitive awareness and interpretation of the weekly liturgical text, expressed through some of his most sublime and thoughtful music.

Is there ever a benefit to censorship?

4/6. 4-5pm.  A discussion with Dean Kenneth Elmore
Mugar Memorial Library (771 Comm. Ave)
Is there ever a benefit to censorship? Is the restriction of hate speech and harmful rhetoric an act of censorship? How will our definitions of censorship evolve in the Internet age?

4/3. 12-3pm. Marsh Chapel Good Friday Service
Marsh Chapel (735 Comm. Ave)

Marsh Chapel’s Annual Good Friday Service comprises moments of word, meditation, music, and silence. The music offered is “Membra Jesu Nostri” of Dietrich Buxtehude, sung by the Marsh Chapel Choir

Israel and the Music it Makes

2/11
Time: 5:30-6:30PM
Location: BU Hillel (213 Bay State Road)

In this presentation we will see how Israeli musicians from across the political and religious landscapes have expressed their identities and convictions through the medium of music.

Film Screening and Panel: ‘Dear White People’

2/11
Time: 6PM
Location: Tsai Performance Center (685 Comm. Ave.)

Artist Reception: Next Stop…A Brief Journey Through Israel

2/11
Time: 6:30-8:30PM
Location: BU Hillel (213 Bay State Road)

Join us for an artist reception with Moti Tufeld as we celebrate his exhibit.

University Service of Christmas Lessons and Carols

Friday, December 12, 2014; 6:00pm
Sunday, December 14, 2014; 11:00am
Location: Marsh Chapel

Marsh Chapel Choir,
Boston University Seminary Singers

Boston Choral Ensemble

Saturday, December 20, 4:00pm
Location: Old South Church, Copley Square

Our annual holiday concert celebrates the release of our new CD of Christmas music, entitled Still, still night. Loosely based on the traditional service of Nine Lessons and Carols, this concert follows the Christian story which we develop to a more inclusive celebration of birth and motherhood. This candlelight concert also includes carols for choir and congregation using the fine organ in Old South Church, and many arrangements of secular carols to get you into the holiday spirit! Conducted by BU faculty member Dr. Andrew Shenton.

Global Fridays Film Screening: Ajami

Friday, November 21: 3-5PM
Location: BU Pardee School, 154 Bay State Road, Eilts Room (2nd Floor)

On Friday, November 21, we are Ajami, a tale of communal mistrust and social divisions – not only between Jews and Arabs but also between Christians and Muslims, rich and poor, farmers and city dwellers, men and women, young and old and so on – in Jaffa, written and directed by Scandar Copti, an Israeli Arab (who also plays an important supporting role), and Yaron Shani, who is Jewish.

 

Inner-Strength Gospel Choir

Friday November 21: 7PM
Location: Marsh Chapel

A concert performance by the Inner-Strength Gospel Choir

The Mother in Ferguson – Based on Bertolt Brecht and Hanns Eisler’s cantata

November 19, 2014, 8PM. Marsh Chapel.

An Evening Celebrating “Religion, Civil Rights Activism, and Legal Change”

The evening is hosted by the School of Theology as part of the School of Law’s Conference on the Civil Rights Act at 50. The reception is an informal time with food, drink, and conversation. The brief program begins at 6:00, with Walter Fluker speaking on “Religion, Civil Rights Activism, and Legal Change,” and Julian Cook singing. All are invited and encouraged to attend.

5:30-7:15 PM, November 14, 2014

IPR: Richard Kearney, “Poetics of the Sacred”

Starts: 5:00 pm on Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Ends: 6:30 pm on Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Location: 745 Commonwealth Avenue, STH, room 325
URL: http://www.bu.edu/ipr/

IPR 2014/2015 Lecture Series “Philosophy and the Future of Religion.”Richard Kearney, Charles Seelig Professor in Philosophy, Boston College, presents “Poetics of the Sacred.” Sponsored by the BU Center for the Humanities.

Robin Miller Reception

Starts: 5:30 pm on Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Ends: 7:00 pm on Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Location: Community Center, B23 and B24
URL: http://www.bu.edu/sth/2014/09/25/celebrating-civil-rights-landmarks/
Robin Miller’s art celebrates the history and culture of African America, and the exhibit and reception are sponsored by the BU School of Theology and the Association of Black Seminarians. Miller’s work will be on display in the STH Community Center from November 1 through December 20.

Live Stream of “Audible Grace” by Rev. Carl Daw

Starts: November 13, 7:30PM
Ends: 9PM.
The Rev. Dr. Carl Daw will speak on “Audible Grace:  Sacramental Dimensions of Congregational Song,” and George Emblom, assistant professor of church music and director of chapel music, will give the response and members of the audience will have the opportunity to ask questions.
To view, click here and then click the words: “Watch Online” near the bottom of the page

The School of Theology community center will host an exhibition of work by James G. Crane, titled “A Cartoon Retrospective.” Jim Crane is professor emeritus of visual arts at Eckerd College. He is a brilliant cartoonist who has published four books of his work: On Edge (John Knox Press), Inside-Out (Harper & Row), The Great Teaching Machine (John Knox Press)and What Other Time? (motive/Source). Many of his cartoons also appeared in motive magazine and Ave Maria in the 1960s and ’70s. Professor Crane’s cartoons remain astonishingly relevant decades after they were first published.