SPOKANE, Wash. – Gonzaga University’s new “Jesuits and The Arts” series begins this month with a focus on music. The first event is the interdisciplinary panel discussion “Jesuits, Baroque Art, and the New World,” at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 20 in the University Chapel in College Hall.
The Nov. 20 panel discuss will address the Jesuits’ contributions to sacred and dramatic music in the Baroque period – the era of the Western arts roughly coinciding with the 17th century – and will explore the historical and cultural contexts of their role in the South American missions. The panel members scheduled to participate are Gonzaga faculty Kevin Chambers, history; Kathleen Jeffs, theater; Rebecca Marquis, modern languages (Spanish); and Rev. Kevin Waters, S.J., music.
Gonzaga is introducing the “Jesuits and the Arts” series to celebrate the Jesuits’ contribution to the fine arts. The series will continue with a focus on one or two fine arts a year for the next several years. All events in the series are free and open to the public. The current semester features the fine art of music and is titled “From Rome to the New World.”
The remaining events this semester include a chamber music performance by the Bolivian Jesuit missions, a guest lecture by Rev. Michael Zampelli, S.J., and a concert featuring the Gonzaga University Chamber Chorus.
- The 30-minute lunchtime “Bolivian Baroque Bravado” concert will begin at 12:15 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 21 in the Atrium of the Jepson Center for the School of Business Administration.
- A reception and guest lecture by Rev. Michael Zampelli, S.J., begins at 6:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 22 in the Magnuson Theater Lobby.
- Lastly, the closing festival concert by Gonzaga University’s Chamber Chorus will welcome a professional ensemble in residence, the Incendo Baroque Ensemble. Students will perform staged dramatic music from Rome and Bolivia, conducted by Timothy Westerhaus. The concert begins at 8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 22 in the University Chapel.
All events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.gonzaga.edu/jesuitarts.