Friday, August 11, 2006
Sun-Dogs, Music, and Religion
James MacMillan was in Bloomington, Indiana last week for the premiere of a new choral work, Sun-Dogs, which was sung by the IU Contemporary Vocal Ensemble conducted by Carmen Helena Tellez. It was a grand event, with many workshops, panels, discussions, and of course some fine music making.
He's a thoughtful fellow, and generous with his time and his views. You can read some of his articles, as he doesn't shy away from either religious or political debate.
As a citizen, I think it's everyone's right and duty to engage in such matters. But is it a composer's place to take on such issues musically?