Lecture: Creating Music for Dante's Paradiso: Creative Goals and Challenges


Location: 115 Crowley Hall

Sacred Music at Notre Dame and the Creative Sacred Music Series present a lecture by Professor Robert Kyr, University of Oregon, Creating Music for Dante’s Paradiso: Creative Goals and Challenges.

Composer Robert Kyr has been commissioned by the Interdisciplinary Sacred Music Drama Project based in Notre Dame’s Sacred Music Program to compose an original cantata on the Paradiso from Dante’s Divine Comedy. The work will be premiered next Fall, October 8 and 9, at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, as the third and final part of an original interdisciplinary drama based on Dante’s masterpiece.

Robert Kyr is Professor of Composition at the University of Oregon, leading one of the largest composition programs in the country. He is also the Director of the prestigious Oregon Bach Festival’s Composers’ Symposium, and a resident composer with some of the best vocal ensembles in the US, including Capella Romana and Conspirare, who have recorded his music.

This lecture may be particularly interesting for those working on the relationship of poetry, theology and music, Dante Studies, and contemporary music composition.

This lecture also is part of the series Creative Sacred Music supported by a Henkels Grant from the University of Notre Dame.