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Order from Chaos: Bach’s Heavenly Dance

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The acclaimed pianist Keith Birchley will link theology and art in a talking concert. The recital will be held from 7pm to 9pm in the Stevens Bonnin Room at Emmanuel College on the evening of the 10th of November. Please RSVP for this event.

Keith’s presentation will examine the interaction between the piety and work of the most explicitly theological musician in the history of western music. Using Luther’s celebrated description of polyphony (i.e. music with several distinct voices sounded simultaneously) as a ‘heavenly dance,’ Keith will demonstrate and perform five of Bach’s Preludes and Fugues as well as the French Suite # 5 in G major. It will be seen (or rather heard!) that the ‘dance’ of polyphony is integral to Bach’s art and faith and leads the listener into the great doctrines of creation, redemption, sovereignty, and atonement. Whether to have your mind stretched, your faith strengthened, or your heart uplifted, come and join us for a unique evening.

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