Williamstown, MA - The Berkshire Chapter of the American Guild of Organists presents Petr Eben’s "Windows for Trumpet and Organ: A Discussion of Visuals and Narrative in Contemporary Sacred Music" presented by Greg Bowers at the First Congregational Church of Williamstown on Sunday, November 11 at 7 pm. The event is open to the public without charge
Czech composer, Petr Eben, has written a prolific body of works for choir and organ and has sought to reclaim the importance of sacred music within the context of contemporary expression. Eben's focus is political, social, and personal and reflects the perspective of a generation of artists working both before and after the collapse of the Soviet Union.
His composition Windows for trumpet and organ is based on Marc Chagall's stained glass windows in the chapel at Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem. The four-movement work incorporates tonal, atonal, and aleatoric elements along with the most notable quotation of the Russian Hymn (also used in Tchaikovsky's Festival Overture of 1812).
Dr. Bowers will present an analysis of the work drawing connections between the visual and theological subject matter that inspired its creation. Excerpts of the piece will be played with projected slides of Chagall's windows, including various preliminary sketches. A live performance of the stunning fourth movement will conclude the presentation.
Greg Bowers is a composer, organist and educator. He holds degrees in music from Yale, University of Washington, SUNY at Stony Brook and Lewis and dark College. Currently he is Assistant Visiting Professor of Music at Williams College.
The First Congregational Church is located at 906 Main Street (Rt. 2) in Williamstown, MA. The church is fully handicap accessible. Parking is available in the lot immediately behind the church, off of Chapin Hall Drive.