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A New Symphony Orchestra Founded upon an Orthodox Christian Aesthetic

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I once met a gentleman who was a Hollywood “insider.” That is, he knew how things worked in the film industry. I took the opportunity to ask him a question I had pondered for many years.

“There is an obvious trend in the types of movies that people will spend money on. Generally, G-rated family fare, with solid stories that do not insult the intelligence of the parents always do well. Given that, why do we not see more of these types of movies?”

His response?

“Too many directors think they have a better idea about how movies should be made.”

So ego, pride, vanity, however you want to characterize it, prevents us from developing the beautiful, transcendent art that we deserve. This seems to hold true for all media.

Maestro Vladimir Gorbik, choral director of the Moscow Representation Church of the Holy Trinity-St Bergius Lavra, sees this as one of the issue with modern classical music. He has created a new orchestra which will base its performances on traditional interpretations and grounded in the aesthetic of the liturgical forms of the Orthodox Church.

It has been said that all significant forms of art begin at the altar. Maestro Gorbik begins there because it is through the liturgy that we will have our most significant impact on the culture.

Andrew Gould at the Orthodox Arts Journal has an interview with the Maestro which can be read here.

For more specifics about Maestro Gorbik’s new orchestra and his partnerships with the Moscow Conservatory and PaTRAM, see this article by Seraphim Hanisch.

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Pontifex University is an online university offering a Master’s Degree in Sacred Arts. For more information visit the website at www.pontifex.university

Lawrence Klimecki is a deacon for the diocese of Sacramento as well as a working artist, he writes on art and faith at www.DeaconLawrence.org 

Interview With Catholic Author Fiorella de Maria

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K.V. Turley brings us another wonderful interview, this time with author Fiorello de Maria.

“I love the challenge of journeying deep into the past and exploring the way people lived long ago, then trying to bring it to life for a modern reader.”

Read the interview at Catholic World Report.

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Pontifex University is an online university offering a Master’s Degree in Sacred Arts. For more information visit the website at www.pontifex.university

Lawrence Klimecki is a deacon for the diocese of Sacramento as well as a working artist, he writes on art and faith at www.DeaconLawrence.org 

 

Interview With George Weigel

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K.V. Turley interviews Catholic author George Weigel over at the Catholic World Report.

“You never know what you really believe until you try to teach it or write it.”

Read more.

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Pontifex University is an online university offering a Master’s Degree in Sacred Arts. For more information visit the website at www.pontifex.university

Lawrence Klimecki is a deacon for the diocese of Sacramento as well as a working artist, he writes on art and faith at www.DeaconLawrence.org 

One Story, Many Storytellers

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The Christian story of salvation is the universal, the Catholic Story. It is the story we tell ourselves over and over again through our seemingly endless variety of media. Because it represents a transcendent truth, it finds its expression in every culture in every age.

The Bible Society Australia is celebrating its 200 anniversary with the release of a lavish book of art from Aboriginal Christians. This blending of indigenous art forms with the Christian story has produced some wonderful work, a few of which are shown in the recent story from ABC Australia.

“There’s been a real iconoclasm in Christianity that sees the picture as less valuable than the word,” Mr Clarke says.

“Some of the metaphors for Jesus and God are word based, but we can’t limit ourselves to those things.

“There are just so many resources God’s given us to understand Him and the world, and a lot of those things are visual resources or audio resources.

“We’re crazy if we limit ourselves to one form of communication. They all play different roles.”

read more here

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Pontifex University is an online university offering a Master’s Degree in Sacred Arts. For more information visit the website at www.pontifex.university

Orthodox Arts Journal on Pontifex

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Jonathan Pageau at The Orthodox Arts Journal has a great write up of the Masters of Sacred Arts program offered by pontifex.

“This ambitious project is growing rapidly and by taking advantage of a mix of online and hands-on solution, the Master of Sacred Arts and its institution, Pontifex University, looks to become a force to pay attention to in the renewal of Beauty, the sacred and a traditional vision of art.”

Read the article here

While you’re there be sure to check out the other articles on sacred art.

and remember: You can get course credit through Pontifex for taking Jonathan’s icon carving classes Read the details here.

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Deacon Lawrence Klimecki is currently a student at Pontifex University. Pontifex University is an online university offering a Master’s Degree in Sacred Arts. For more information visit the website at www.pontifex.university

An All Star Cast Performs The Life Of Saint Patrick

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Writer/director Paul Mccosker has produced a “stunning” audio drama based on the life of Saint Patrick with an all star cast.

Phil Kosloski over at Aletia has the story.

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Pontifex University is an online university offering a Master’s Degree in Sacred Arts. For more information visit the website at www.pontifex.university

Franciscan Friars Of The Renewal Have A New Music Video

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From Aleteia.com:

“Their music is breaking barriers, and despite their vow of poverty, thanks to the generosity of Spirit Juice studios, their videos are at the cutting edge of technology: their latest, a one-take video (probably the first Catholic artists to do so), was shot with an Amira camera (the same kind used by the majority of “Best Picture” nominees). Oh, and their basketball and beatboxing skills are decidedly on point.”

Read about the inspiring story behind the video.

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Pontifex University is an online university offering a Master’s Degree in Sacred Arts. For more information visit the website at www.pontifex.university

An Argument For Singing The Novus Ordo Mass

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Peter Kwasniewski has an intriguing article at The New Liturgical Movement arguing in favor of singing the Mass, the Novus Ordo Mass.

“The singing of the Mass is not something rare, only to be done on feasts, but something normal, flowing from the very nature of liturgy. We can see this in the fact that the Church’s tradition provides chants for every day of the year, every occasion.”

Be sure to follow the discussion in the comments.

Read the whole article here.

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Pontifex University is an online university offering a Master’s Degree in Sacred Arts. For more information visit the website at www.pontifex.university

An Interview With Michael O’Brien

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An interview with popular writer, painter, and iconographer Michael O’Brien (Father Elijah, Island of the World) conducted by K.V. Turley, is up at the The Catholic World Report.

Take a look

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Pontifex University is an online university offering a Master’s Degree in Sacred Arts. For more information visit the website at www.pontifex.university

Upcoming Workshops at Saint Meinrad Archabbey in Indiana

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Courtesy of Sister Jeana Visel, OSB:
July 17-21, 2017 (Intro Session), July 16-20, 2018 (Intro Session), July 30 – Aug. 3, 2018 (Advanced Session). Fr. Columba Kelly, OSB, of Saint Meinrad Archabbey (St. Meinrad, IN) is offering his annual Gregorian chant workshop, “Bringing to Life the Word of God in Song.” Learn how the practice of Gregorian chant brings to life the Word of God in song, and study the intimate relationship between the proclaimed Word of God and its melodic setting. Learn a new way to enhance your spiritual reading. The workshop includes study of the original chant notation as the key to unlocking the spiritual and artistic qualities that have influenced later Western music. Practice singing both Latin and English settings in chant style will be included. ($465 single, $735 double).
May 4-6, 2018: Br. Martin Erspamer, OSB, of Saint Meinrad Archabbey (St. Meinrad, IN) is offering “Beauty as a Pathway to God: Religious Art and Symbol in the Spiritual Life,” a retreat exploring how beauty in nature and art reveals God’s presence and action in the world. We will examine the strength and power or religious imagery, art, and architecture through the ages ($255 single, $425 double).
June 15-21, 2018: Br. Martin Erspamer, OSB and Br. Michael Moran, CP: “The Image as a Window to the Spiritual: An Artist’s Six-Day Hands-on Workshop and Retreat” From the beginning, art has been used as a pathway toward spiritual insight and awareness. On this studio retreat, each participant will work in one of several media throughout the week. Emphasis will be placed on cultivating the monastic values of listening, interior silence, and gratitude through the process of making art. Each day will include a morning conference, generous afternoon studio time, and evening sharing and discussion in a relaxed atmosphere. Retreatants will also participate in the rhythm of the daily monastic liturgies. ($695 single, $1045 double)
July 6-8, 2018: Fr. Noel Mueller, OSB: “Gates of Paradise: An Art Retreat” Following in a series of art retreats offered here (Fra Angelico, Raphael, Caravaggio, Van Goh, Cezanne), this retreat will focus on Early Renaissance in Florence and the famous doors of the Baptistery of the Cathedra. Michelangelo called Lorenzo Ghiberti’s doors the “Gates of Paradise.” In contrast, one of the conferences will feature a study of Rodin’s famous “Gates of Hell.” Audio-vidual aids will enhance this retreat. ($255 single, $425 double)
To register for any of these retreats, go to www.saintmeinrad.org, or contact Br. Maurus Zoeller, OSB, at mzoeller@saintmeinrad.edu or 800.581.6905. Sister works in the Seminary and School of Theology, but the Guest House regularly holds retreats.
Sister’s new book, Icons in the Western Church: Toward a More Sacramental Encounter, came out in September through Liturgical Press. More info is available at https://www.litpress.org/Products/4660/Icons-in-the-Western-Church. One other favorite opportunity Sister would like to promote is Hexaemeron’s Six Days of Creation icon painting workshops, which she says are grounded in good spirituality and artistic practice: www.hexaemeron.org.

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Pontifex University is an online university offering a Master’s Degree in Sacred Arts. For more information visit the website at www.pontifex.university