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Beyond Measure: An evening of music in celebration of Abundantly More

September 8, 2023

Why do the arts matter? In his latest volume of research, Abundantly More, Dr. Jeremy Begbie argues that in our reductionist culture that wants to flatten our view of the world, the arts are needed as never before. They show us that there is always more to our lives than we can ever think or say, and they can even push us to question whether this world is all there is. Above all, they can open a vision of the world as upheld by a God of infinite abundance, the triune God of Jesus Christ.

On September 8, 2023, DITA was delighted to host Beyond Measure: An evening of music in celebration of Abundantly More. Featuring players from the New Caritas Orchestra directed by Dr. Jeremy Begbie, the program explored the power of music—along with words and images—to expand our theological imagination. The repertoire was wide and diverse, and the evening invited all in attendance to experience God’s extravagance in fresh and compelling ways. From classical to contemporary, poetry to paintings, violas to timpani, the evening was a celebration of the superabundant life of Christ and the love of God that is beyond measure.

The concert began at 7:30 PM in Duke Divinity School’s Goodson Chapel and was followed by a reception and book signing in the Duke Divinity Cafe. In attendance were students, faculty, and staff as well as numerous members of the Durham and broader Triangle community.


Jeremy Begbie

Conductor, Pianist, and Director, Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts

Terry Everson

Director, Trumpet Workshop, Boston University Tanglewood Institute

Erica Ward

Violinist; Director and Founder, Alameda Strings Academy

Amy Kniffen

Acting Associate Principal Violist of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra

Sarita Kwok

Adams Endowed Chair in Music, Gordon College

Timothy Holley

Associate Professor of Music, North Carolina Central University

Julia Thompson

Lecturer in Percussion, Duke University

George Willis

Director of Percussion Studies, West Virginia University

Joel Negus

Bassist, Pastor, and Founder, Cleveland Music Operation