June 27, 2017
Prof. John Kinder, with Pianist Raymond Yong

Wounded by Beauty #1: Chopin’s Raindrop Prelude & Other Works

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Renowned pianist Raymond Yong plays Chopin’s ‘Raindrop’ prelude, and other pieces. Accompanying lecture by A/Prof. John Kinder FAHA OSI.

This series of illustrated talks offers a new way of listening to music. The talks consider individual pieces of music and show how they work and suggest ways of listening to them. The focus is to discover the very foundation of music, viewed as one of the most sincere and moving expressions of human experience, of the universal human desire and expectation for beauty, for happiness, for a mysterious Other who will fulfill the promises of the heart.

The title “Wounded by Beauty” comes from Pope Benedict XVI, who wrote “The encounter with the beautiful can become the wound of the arrow that strikes the heart and in this way opens our eyes, so that later, from this experience, we take the criteria for judgement and can evaluate arguments correctly”.

The series of talks finds its inspiration in the Spirto Gentil series of CDs, created and directed by the late Msgr. Luigi Giussani. Speaking of the role that music played in his life and in his pedagogical method, Msgr Giussani once said: “In music, in nature’s landscape, in a dream, … what man pays homage to is something else, something he is waiting for: he is waiting for it. His enthusiasm is for something that music, or whatever is beautiful in the world, has awakened inside him. When a person ‘fore-sees’ this, they immediately bend their heart to wait for the other thing: even in front of what they can grasp, they await something else: they grasps what they can grasp, but they wait for another thing.”

Tickets are available online: https://www.trybooking.com/QHAB

Contact Details:
Tom Gourlay thomas@dawsonsociety.com.au or 0434 402 884
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