To celebrate the 200th anniversary of Bishop Henry Hobart selecting a site for a college (later named Hobart College) on the western shore of Seneca Lake, the popular “Music, Meditation and Munchies” series at Hobart and William Smith Colleges has created a semester of programming designed to honor the anniversary. The theme, Dear old Hobart: The Colleges in War and Peace, was also designed to honor the 100-year anniversary of the armistice ending of World War I.
The series is held in St. John’s Chapel on the first Wednesday of every month, running from 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. Each event includes a sampling of historical desserts and information on the historically themed musical selection. Students, faculty, staff and community members are welcome to attend.
“Music, Meditation and Munchies” took place Nov. 7, and featured a selection of music from the end of the Great War, including “Mars, the Bringer of War,” by Gustav Holst, “International Fantasy” by James Rogers and “Salvum Fac Populum Tuum” by Charles Marie Widor. The meditation was led by the archivist at the Geneva Historical Society, Karen Osburn. Vintage World War I cakes were served.
The schedule for the rest of the year is as follows:
Dec. 5: 1943: World War II Affects Several Composers;
Feb. 6: 1968: Striving for Racial Equality – “We Shall Overcome”
March 13: 1978: Striving for Gender Equality –“I Am Woman Hear Me Roar”
April 3: 1998: Striving for LGBT rights
May 1: 2018: The Quest to Live in Peace – “I’ve Got Peace Like a River”
Organized by the Colleges’ organist in residence MaryAnn Hamilton, “Music, Meditation and Munchies” is made possible through the support of the Office of Spiritual Engagement and Chaplain Maurice Charles. This year marks the 18th year the program has been offered to HWS students, providing participants a place to reflect and listen to organ music and meditate.