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Music, Meditation and Munchies

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the popular Music, Meditation and Munchies series continues this year with a host of talented musicians performing celebrated musical works. The program features the Colleges’ organist, MaryAnn Hamilton, as well as many guest performers. Music, Meditation and Munchies takes place on the first Wednesday of every month, in St. John’s Chapel. The guest musicians will be performing a variety of popular classical pieces with Hamilton on an array of different instruments. This past month, the series featured the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra Cellist Ingrid Bock playing with Hamilton.  

Complementing the music at each program is a short meditation that allows for a more wholesome appreciation and understanding of the music. Attendees are encouraged to bring a bag lunch-students can request one from Saga as a part of a meal plan. Each program starts at 12:15 p.m. and goes until 12:45, intended to be a great way to break up the day and/or relax after morning classes.

Hamilton, who along with Chaplain Lesley Adams started the Music, Meditation and Munchies program during her second year at the Colleges, conveys to the audience in her playing a strong passion and love for her instrument. This draws a diverse audience of both local members of the Geneva community and HWS students.

In November, the series will feature the beloved 2008 work, “The Carnival of the Animals,” by Camille Saint-Saëns. The piece demonstrates the beautiful sound and the range of the organ and is captivating to individuals of all ages. Fittingly, the meditation will feature poetry by Veterinarian Herbert Holden, who has his own “Carnival of Animals” everyday.  

All are invited to come enjoy the music, the meditation and the fellowship. Following the music and meditation all are welcome to stay for conversation; dessert will be served.

The schedule for the remainder of the academic year is as follows:

November 3-“The Carnival of the Animals” (2008)
This beloved work by Camille Saint-Saëns has been transcribed for organ by Ekaterina Melnikova especially to illustrate the many sounds of the instrument.  A delightful work, which appeals both to children and adults!
Meditation by Herbert Holden, D.V.M.

December 1-“Music for Organ and Guitar” (2004)
Ken Meyer, HWS guitar instructor, will win your heart and soul with his gentle music, including “God is Our Righteousness” for guitar and organ by Chris DiBlasio and Variations on “Personet Hodie” by Judith Cloud.

February 2-“Scheherazade” (2005)
Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov was seduced by the exotic stories from Central Asia and composed “Scheherazade” as an accompaniment to the Arabian Nights stories.  Using a condensed transcription for organ, violin, flute and bassoon, we will listen to the music and use it for a springboard to reflect on what we can learn about worldly and diverse love in Islam.
Meditation by Susanne McNally, professor of history.

March 2-“Three Centuries of French Organ Music” (2003)
Features the Grand Offertoire by Francois Couperin (1668-1733), Pastorale by Cesar Franck (1833-1890) and “Prelude and Fugue on the Name ‘ALAIN'” by Maurice Durufle (1902-1986).
Bring a bag lunch, listen to music and meditation, stay for dessert and conversation.

April 6 -“Litanies for Lent” (2007)
Special Lenten music by French composers featuring works by Jehan Alain, Jeanne Demessieux and Marcel  Dupre.
Meditation by Eugen Baer, dean of Hobart College.

May 4 -“Mozart for Two” (2009)
Troy Slocum and Hamilton join forces in the “Piano Sonata in D Major for Four Hands” and the “Fantasia for Organ Four Hands”.
Meditation by Marvin Bram, professor emeritus of history.