A Five-Part Series Exploring Music Through Diverse Religious and Cultural Traditions. Presented March 2021.
As part of Houston Grand Opera's Seeking the Human Initiative and the Institute for Spirituality and Health's Religare series, we bring you a month-long celebration of music and the human spirit.
Religare, “to bind” in Latin, is considered by some scholars to be the root for “religion.” In the Religare Series, we explore the many facets of religious traditions that help bind them together and to each other. Featuring elements such as prayer, music, food, architecture, and rituals, this series seeks to stimulate the audience’s understanding of the richness of religious traditions both familiar and new.
Religare: Music, a series unto itself, asks the question, “How does music stimulate the human spirit?” From Gregorian chanting to ancient Carnatic music, to the silence of contemplative practice, to hip-hop, to the works of Hildegard von Bingen - creative play with sound connects us with the transcendent mystery and to the deepest parts of human experience and emotion. Featuring locally and nationally recognized artists, Religare: Music will bring participants on a journey through rhythm, harmony, melody, lyrics, and silence, as we explore the nuances of music and how it has appeared across times and cultures.