Duquesne Welcomes Sir James MacMillan

Sir James MacMillan

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's Composer of the Year, Sir James MacMillan, visited Duquesne's campus last week for a conversation on faith and music. Music and the Sacred: How a Composer Approaches Music was a jointly sponsored event by the Mary Pappert School of Music and the Division of Mission and Identity. The event was part of the 2016-17 Catholic Artistic Imagination series.

On Wednesday, February 8, a performance of MacMillan's music was held at the Duquesne Chapel of the Holy Spirit. Under the direction of Dr. Caron Daley, Director of Choral Activities, The Voices of Spirit performed James MacMillan's Strathclyde Motets, conducted by the composer. Then on Thursday, February 9, Sir James MacMillan presented Music and the Sacred: How a Composer Approaches Music in the Dr. Thomas D. Pappert Center for Performance & Innovation at the Mary Pappert School of Music.

About the performance and MacMillan's conversation, Dr. Caron Daley says, "MacMillan is a giant in the choral compositional world. His music exudes an other-worldly quality, rich in musical and textual meaning. Over the past year, the Voices of Spirit have enjoyed learning several of his pieces. The opportunity to work with him, in person, was exceptionally inspirational for us. Making music with a composer, and of MacMillan's stature, is a rare and precious opportunity for a collegiate choir."


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