“Art as an Avenue to Reconciliation” is the theme to be examined at William Jewell College’s annual Justice Summit, sponsored by the college’s Center for Justice and Sustainability.
The summit’s showcase event is the premiere of a multimedia concert, “The Light of the World,” scheduled for 4 p.m. Sunday, February 10, at John Gano Memorial Chapel on the college campus in Liberty, Mo. The event is free and open to the public; tickets or reservations are not required. The concert features the William Jewell College Concert Choir under the direction of conductor Anthony Maglione.
Composer Nicholas Reeves will be in attendance for the premiere performance and will speak at a pre-concert talk at 3 p.m. in Gano Chapel. A post-concert reception will be held at 5 p.m.
"The Light of the World" is a multimedia reflection on the 20th-century Romanian Communist prison, Pitesti. “Images, interviews, and historical footage will be projected to interact with a choral performance of the Sermon on the Mount,” said Dr. Andy Pratt, Executive Director of the Center for Justice and Sustainability. “The content and contexts of both the pre-recorded video and the live ensemble are juxtaposed to allow an analysis of moral principles in light of the practice of torture.”
Composer Nicholas Reeves is currently the Assistant Professor of Liturgical Music at St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary. He has produced concerts both privately and in conjunction with St. Vladimir's on themes ranging from the oppression of Orthodox composers during the Soviet era to the St. Matthew Passion of Metropolitan Hilarion (Alfeyev). Dr. Reeves was appointed the Project Manager of the Arvo Pärt Project in 2012, a unique collaboration between Arvo Pärt and St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary to further examine the spiritual content of Reeves’ original compositions in concerts, lectures and publications.
As a composer, Reeves brings together classical, sacred and popular influences in well-crafted music that is gaining attention in New York City and beyond. His work has been performed by The Canticum Novum Singers under the direction of Harold Rosenbaum; at the Winds of Laesø Art Festival in Denmark; and in a masterclass with Pierre Boulez during the IRCAM residency at the Manhattan School of Music. Reeves was named the 2010 winner of the New York Virtuoso Singer Competition for his composition In Memoriam Dmitri Shostakovich. In September of the same year, his much-anticipated first opera, Vicious, was workshopped at the Oslo Opera Festival.
Videographer Dmitry Trakovsky was born in 1985 in Moscow and grew up in suburban Los Angeles. While pursuing a biology degree at the University of California Santa Cruz, he made his first film for a course on a Buddhist text, the Lotus Sutra. He was encouraged to pursue filmmaking, a pursuit which eventually led to his debut film, a documentary about Andrei Tarkovsky. He recently graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in the History of Art and Visual Culture. He is the founder of a small production company, Trakovsky Film LLC.
For more information about the Justice Summit, visit www.jewell.edu/cjs.