How art helps faith, with a focus on the Advent season, will be explored during an interdisciplinary concert at Hope College featuring music, video performance, historic frescoes and discussion on Thursday, Nov. 17, at 7:00 p.m. in the Concert Hall of the Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts.

The public is invited.  Admission is free.

The program, titled “Art Helps Faith: A Different Kind of Advent,” will begin with a performance of George Crumb’s “Little Suite for Christmas” accompanied by a presentation featuring Giotto’s frescoes in the Scrovegni Chapel in Padua, Italy, which were completed in the early 14th century and depict the life of the Virgin Mary and the life of Christ. A faculty and invited-guest panel will then discuss the experience and the ways in which it sheds new or unique light on the beginning of the Advent season.

The event is being conducted by faculty members Dr. David Keep, assistant professor of music, and Greg Lookerse, assistant professor of art. Keep will perform Crumb’s music in tandem with a video art piece developed by Lookerse and Ambrei Riojas, a 2022 Hope graduate who majored in art history.

The panel discussion will feature Dr. Ben Krause, assistant professor of music; Dr. Jared Ortiz, professor of religion; Dr. Sandra Visser, professor of philosophy; and Dr. Ryan Boes, pastor of leadership and preaching at Third Reformed Church of Holland.

“This discussion and concert are not meant to take the place of traditional Advent celebrations but rather to augment them,” the organizers explain.  “The audience will find that art can help us see the stories of our Christian tradition afresh.”

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The Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts is located at 221 Columbia Ave., between Ninth and 10th streets.