3 days of Mary Lou Williams and Jazz in Liturgy workshops

Tue, Jun 18 2019 at 8:30 am

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to experience three days of workshops on the music and life of Mary Lou Williams presented by New York jazz pianist-composer and Williams scholar Deanna Witkowski!

REGISTER and VIEW THE FULL JUNE 18-20 SCHEDULE HERE.

Topics during the 3 days of workshops will include:

•Overview of Williams's major works from the 1930s-70s with written listening guides
•Role that priests and nuns played in Williams's faith journey as seen through letters to/from Williams in the 1960s-70s
•History of the first Pittsburgh Jazz Festival (founded by Williams and the local Catholic Youth Organization)
•Williams's three jazz Masses- including her first Mass only performed once at St. Paul's Cathedral in Pittsburgh
•Liturgical jazz in the 1960s
•Sheet music and recorded resources for integrating jazz in worship

On June 19, a morning jazz mass and afternoon concert will feature music by Witkowski and Williams as played by Witkowski
with bassist Jeff Grubbs and drummer Thomas Wendt.
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Hear Witkowski’s WQED interview on her recent performance with the Pittsburgh Symphony and her personal journey with Mary Lou Williams at https://www.wqed.org/fm/podcasts/thesymphony/deanna-witkowski

A Williams scholar, Witkowski's upcoming book, Mary Lou Williams: Music for the Soul, will be published by Liturgical Press in late 2020.

Location 

Pittsburgh Summer Institute at North Catholic High School
1617 Route 228
Cranberry Township, PA

Sponsored by the Catholic diocese of Pittsburgh.
Register here or call 412-456-3090 for more info.

Event Type 
Music
Free 
No