Joseph McKeen
Center for the Common Good

Seeking the Common Good Series Spring 2012

Story posted January 19, 2012

Music and the Common Good: Composing Community

Featuring a variety of performances and talks in diverse venues, this Seeking the Common Good series explores the ways in which music helps to shape, build and sustain community and communities.  What are the ways that music inspires and enables individuals and communities to overcome trauma?  What is the role of music and expressive culture in fostering social inclusion and civic participation?  How do musicians meaningfully combine dedication to their art with public service in their communities?

Schedule of Events

Pihcintu Multinational Children’s Chorus
Saturday, March 3

4:00 p.m., Studzinski Recital Hall

Welcoming immigrant children from around the globe, the Pihcintu Multicultural Chorus helps restart young lives. War-torn villages, bloodshed, refugee camps, famine, and political turmoil were devastating realities for many of these young singers before being embraced by the warmth, companionship and harmony that the Portland-based chorus provides.

All-Campus Composition*CANCELED*
Saturday, March 3
7:30 p.m., Morrell Lounge, Smith Union
The campus community is invited to participate in the world premiere of a new work by Bowdoin faculty composer Vineet Shende. Non-musicians as well as members from Bowdoin’s large ensembles will perform on acoustic, home-made and electronic instruments. Come and hear, or better yet, play in this one-of-a-kind extravaganza! (No prior rehearsal or musical background will be necessary).

The Place of Expressive Culture in Policy with Paula Moreno Zapata, 8th Minister of Culture of Colombia
Tuesday, March 6
7:30 pm Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center
As the first female and Afro-Colombian Culture Minister in the history of her country, from 2007-2010 Paula Moreno Zapata led a major new government initiative to seek better representation for all of the musical diversity of her nation, including organizing the National Grand Concert that brought together 200,000 Colombian musical artists to perform. With a coalition of cultural ministers across the continent, she expanded the opportunities for presenting and touring the arts of Latin America not only across the region but globally.

Sponsored by the McKeen Center for the Common Good, the Departments of Music, Sociology/Anthropology and Latin American Studies

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