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Faculty Lectureship Award Series

David Fuentes, Department of Music

David FuentesDo You Hear What I Hear?
      Deciphering a Universal Language

     Lecture: Tuesday, November 12, 2013
     4:00 pm CFAC Recital Hall
     (refreshments will be served)

     (vimeo of lecture)

About the lecture: Why is it that we understand music intuitively, yet we’re lost for words when trying to describe its effect on us? While the language of music is a mystery to many, composers and advertisers know how to use it to affect concert goers, consumers, and congregants in predictable ways. Want a glimpse into their bag of secrets? Professor Fuentes will explain how paying attention to a few simple connections can open the way to a better understanding of how music “speaks” about matters that matter to us all, such as the nature of courage, the certainty of joy, and what it feels like to be in love.

Brief Bio: David Fuentes is Professor of Composition and Theory at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he composes concert and liturgical music for chamber ensembles, solo instruments, orchestra and chorus. He also writes music for film, dance, television, theater and integrative collaborations with visual artists, here and abroad.

Fuentes lectures on contemporary composers, film music, music and faith, and music vocation, and the place of music in human flourishing. He is currently working on Ears To Hear, a book which looks at ways in which people throughout human history have considered music spiritual and demonstrates how Christians might use these to cultivate the fruit of the Spirit. As part of that project, he received a McGregor grant to work with a student researcher on a project titled, “Exploring the Role of Music in Identity, Sports, and Faith Formation.”

Fuentes earned a Ph.D. in music, music composition and theory from Brandeis University in 1988; a master of music in composition from the University of Iowa in 1983; and a bachelor of music from Roosevelt University in 1981. For more information, please visit his web page.

Other lectures in 2013-2014:

Joel Westra, Department of Political Science
"Global Security Governance in a Changing World: Institutional Legitimacy and Prospects for Reform"
Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Joke Ayoola, Department of Nursing
"Reproductive knowledge education: A tool to improve maternal and child’s health"
Thursday, April 17, 2014