Global and International Studies IUB

Symposium: Politics Meets Culture The Political and Historical Significance of Pendereckiís St. Luke Passion

Featuring a conversation with Krzysztof Penderecki Krzysztof Penderecki, award-winning Polish composer and conductor, is one of the world’s most distinguished musicians. His St. Luke Passion, hailed as one of the most important sacred works of the twentieth century, was composed and premiered during a politically and aesthetically momentous era. The German premiere of The Passion, commissioned to commemorate the 700-year anniversary of the MŁnster Cathedral, ushered in a new era in post-World-War-II Polish-German relations. But The Passion was also the first major sacred work to premiere in Communist Poland, while the country was commemorating a millennium of Poland’s Christianity. To contextualize Penderecki’s masterpiece, the panelists will discuss relations between the Communist state and the Catholic Church, the circumstances of Polish-German postwar reconciliation, and the expressive goals of the vibrant Polish musical avant-garde movement, which found their realization in Penderecki’s Passion. Welcome by SGSI Dean Lee Feinstein (Indiana University) Remarks by Piotr Wilczek (Polish Ambassador to the United States) Presentations Piotr H. Kosicki (University of Maryland) Lisa Cooper Vest* (University of Southern California) Moderated by Joanna Nizynska (Indiana University) *IU Jacobs School of Music alumna A conversation with Krzysztof Penderecki Conducted by Halina Goldberg (Indiana University)
Wednesday November 15, 2017 12:00 PM
Wednesday November 15, 2017 02:00 PM
Ford-Crawford Hall, Jacobs School of Music
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