Two Days of Theology & the Arts: 2017 Opening Convocation Week

To celebrate​ the​ Divinity​ School’s​ 2017-2018 Opening Convocation, Duke Initiatives in Theology & the Arts ​(DITA) ​hosted two days of fine art, stimulating lectures with renown historians and theologians, and an exciting musical performance that featured over thirty musicians from top orchestras in the nation.

On August 31, DITA partnered with the Nasher Museum of Art to celebrate the opening of their new exhibit, “The Medici’s Painter: Carlo Dolci and Seventeenth-Century Florence.” The evening, titled “The Patience to See: The Sights and Sounds of Carlo Dolci,” included lectures by Dr. Ben Quash and Dr. Chloe Reddaway, the premiere of “Blue Madonna,” an original composition by Dr. Jeremy Begbie, and performances from this period.

On September 1, DITA hosted a panel, “Secretaries of Praise: Poetry, Song, and Theology,” a conversation on the church and poetry. Featured speakers were Dr. David Ford, Emeritus Professor of Divinity at Cambridge University, Dr. Tom Greggs, Marischal Chair of Divinity at the University of Aberdeen, Dr. Jennie Grillo, Assistant Professor of Old Testament at Duke Divinity School, and poet Micheal O’Siadhail. The panel was moderated by ​Dr. ​Richard Hays.

The two days culminated in a concert that evening in Goodson Chapel, “Home, Away, and Home Again: The Rhythm of the Gospel in Music.” Jeremy Begbie led an ensemble of over thirty musicians of faith from the top orchestras in the United States, for an interactive and unforgettable evening. This newly created orchestra explored how music can unlock the three-fold rhythm of the Gospel: from home, to away, and then home again. The evening was a concert-for-a-purpose as well, with all proceeds going to  North Street Neighborhood Corner House, a Reality Ministries community. Never before had a group of this size played in Goodson Chapel, and never had Duke Divinity woven teaching and music together like this. Audience and performers alike were invited to experience the power of music to draw us home.