Yale Institute of Sacred Music: Eecumenical Hymn Festival

Yale School of Music Woolsey Hall 500 College Street, New Haven

In celebration of its 50th anniversary, the Yale Institute of Sacred Music will hold an ecumenical hymn festival in Woolsey Hall on May 5, 2024, at 4 p.m. A community choir of 300 voices will sing hymns around the theme “All Creation Sings,” celebrating the diversity of our creation and our duty as faithful people to care for it. Conducted by Dr. Felicia Barber, the choir will have Yale Camerata at its core with accompaniment from Dr. Nathaniel Gumbs and Dr. Bruce Neswick on the Newberry Organ, Dr. John Paul McGee on keyboards, and brass, percussion, guitars, and a gospel ensemble. The Rev. Dr. Barbara Brown Taylor and the Rev Dr James A Forbes, Jr will be the special guest preachers. Details: https://ism.yale.edu/.../all-creation-sings-isms-50th... The event is free and open to all.

Yale Institute of Sacred Music: Bach’s Mass in B Minor

Yale School of Music Woolsey Hall 500 College Street, New Haven

In this performance of Bach’s Mass in B Minor, internationally acclaimed performer, David Hill, will conduct Yale Schola Cantorum and the Juilliard415 music ensemble. The Mass in B Minor by Johann Sebastian Bach is considered an all-embracing musical masterpiece created by Bach at the pinnacle of his remarkable career. Beginning with the awe-inspiring Kyrie and ending with the jubilant Dona nobis pacem, there are nine completely unique arias and duets, fourteen impressive ensemble sections for four, five, six, and even eight voices, a broad spectrum of instrumental solos, and an incredible variety of styles. For more information Livestream link

Webinar: Yale Institute of Sacred Music: Biophilia: In Excelsis

Yale Institute of Sacred Music’s Religion, Ecology, and Expressive Culture initiative is pleased to present a dialogical webinar to celebrate the closing of the art exhibition, Biophilia: In Excelsis. Reflecting on the role of art, music and religion in addressing the climate crisis, this cross-disciplinary conversation will feature the exhibition curator M. Annenberg, the artist and composer Paul D. Miller aka Dj Spooky, the ClimateMusic Project composer Richard Festinger, and the eco-philosopher Timothy Morton. M. Annenberg will discuss some of the works featured in the exhibition. Paul D. Miller aka Dj Spooky and Richard Festinger will share and discuss climate-themed compositions. Timothy Morton will offer philosophical reflections on art, religion, and climate. Their brief presentations will be followed by dialogue and Q&A. This event is free and open to the public, but please register in advance(link is external). For more information

Yale Institute of Sacred Music: Conference: Ecologies, Environmentalisms, and the Black Sacred Arts

Maurice R. Greenberg Conference Center 391 Prospect Street, New Haven

From May 13-15, 2024, Yale Institute of Sacred Music’s third conference on the Black sacred arts will convene scholars and artists in New Haven, CT to explore connections between the Black sacred arts, ecology, and environmental concerns. Keynote speakers will include Tracey Hucks(link is external), the Victor S. Thomas Professor of Africana Religious Studies at Harvard Divinity School and the Suzanne Young Murray Professor at Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and Dianne M. Stewart(link is external), the Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Religion and African American Studies at Emory University. The conference will highlight research and practice from multi-religious perspectives and disparate geographies in the Black Atlantic that consider links between expressive cultures and topics such as climate change, the biodiversity crisis, the human and more-than-human nexus, extractive capitalism in Africa and its diaspora, and links between ecology and ritual material culture. We aim to encourage interdisciplinary conversations about entanglements between the Black sacred arts, ecology, and environmental issues via sonic, visual, and other sensoria that cut across religious, geographic, or other social categories throughout the Black Atlantic and beyond. For more information and registration