3459 Manchester Avenue
Cardiff By The Sea, CA 92007
This is a 12 Week Series, meeting on Thursday evenings at Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, in Cardiff by the Sea
Theme: “Musical Narratives of Theological Complexity: Twelve Lectures on The Sacred Cantatas of J. S. Bach”
Instructor: Dr. Elisabeth Kotzakidou Pace (earned her Ph.D. in music theory from Columbia University and her M.M. in vocal performance from The Juilliard School)
J. S. Bach has rightly been hailed as the “Fifth Evangelist,” for the spiritual appeal of his music remains both timeless and universal. His Sacred Cantatas are the ultimate embodiment of a distinct musical aesthetic, which can be traced directly to the sophisticated Hellenism of the Lutheran Church’s co-founder Philipp Melanchthon. Renowned for his scholarly achievements as a professor of Greek at the University of Wittenberg, Melanchthon rediscovered the technical means of the ancient art of persuasion in the psychological writings of Aristotle—namely those expounding on the Arts of Rhetoric and Dialectic. Similarly, the writings of the Greek Orthodox Fathers provided him with clarifying metaphors and compelling guiding imagery. These complementary strands of Melanchthon’s Humanism gave rise to a characteristic Theology of the Heart, the powerful life-force that sustains J. S. Bach’s musical oratory.
For more information: http://www.stkath.org/