Guest Column by John Hope Bryant Preface: In the face of America’s 239th birthday this Fourth of July, I can’t help…
“There is an old story going around the church about a Sunday school teacher, teaching on the Ten Commandments, who asked the class what the ninth commandment was. One little boy said ‘A lie is an abomination unto the Lord and a very present help in times of trouble,’ ” said the Rev. M. Craig Barnes at the 9:15 a.m. morning worship service Thursday.
As luck would have it, my decision to begin testing the Institution’s hearing enhancement system during a musical act was well-rewarded.
Tonight at 10 p.m., the Pier Club will be filled with the sound of experimental beats.
Richard Wagner did not write operas. He wrote, in his own words, “deeds of music made visible.”
His 1849 essay “The Artwork of the Future” changed the scope of opera by demanding more from the art form than just arias. Wagner called his new opera form “Gesamtkunstwerk,” or “total work of art,” which unified the opera’s musical, poetic, visual and dramatic elements.