From the Ecstatic to the Mundane: An Interfaith Conversation on the Book of Psalms

Join the Desmond Tutu Center and Center for Interfaith Cooperation in a celebration of Psalms/ZaburPslams

When: April 21, 2015 from 4:00-6:00 pm

Where: Indiana Interchurch Center,  Krannert Room, 1100 W 42nd St # 110, Indianapolis, IN

Psalms is deeply ingrained in our culture, both secular and religious making it important to understand the diverse perspectives surrounding this ancient text. This event will be an exploration of Pslams through shared stories, song and music with featured Indianapolis clergy and community leaders.

The event is free and open to the public.

Want a deeper dive into the book of Psalms? The DTC is pleased to unite with our community partners for these open-to-the-public events:

Art: A Bridge Between Cultures
Friday, April 24, 4:00-5:30 p.m.
Christ Church Cathedral (map)

In this free dialogue, Faisal Al-Juburi, Executive Director of Bridges of Understanding, will lead a spirited conversation with experienced diplomats and artists; including Ambassador Cynthia Schnedier, film director Ruba Nadda, Bronx educator Brandon Cardet Hernandez, and Herron School of Art and Design professor and GRAM Artprize winner, Anila Quayyum Agha. Together they will explore how an artist’s cultural and religious background can help bridge understanding to shape public policy.

Presented by: Spirit and Place, Indianapolis Symphonic Choir, Center For Interfaith Cooperation and Bridges of Understanding.

Indianapolis Symphonic Orchestra and Indianapolis Symphonic Choir present Zabur *Tickets Required
Friday, April 24, 8:00
Hilbert Circle Theatre (map)

Composer Mohammed Fairouz’s first Oratorio, Zabur will receive its world premiere performance by the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir with
the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 24, at the Hilbert Circle Theatre in downtown Indianapolis. Paired alongside the always intimate and moving Fauré’s Requiem, the large-scale Zabur takes its name from the Arabic title for the Psalms of David. The performance will also feature the Indianapolis Children’s Choir and guest soloists performing a new setting of the ancient Psalm text, re-imagined in the contemporary Middle East.

Zabur was commissioned by a consortium led by the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir, comprised of Jewish, Christian and Islamic congregational partners as well as public and private schools, and other arts institutions.

Described by Gramophone as “a post-millennial Schubert,” Mohammed Fairouz is an adept and accomplished writer for the voice with an opera (a second in progress), 13 song cycles, and hundreds of art songs to his credit. For Zabur, Fairouz looked to Stravinsky’s Latin Symphony of Psalms and Bernstein’s Hebrew Chichester Psalms as models. To learn more about the commissioning process of Zabur by Mohammed Fairouz (“One of the most talented composers of his generation” – BBC News)click here or visit the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir’s blog.


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