Topic: Literature and the Arts

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    The age-old chants and liturgical music of Orthodox worship have a special beauty and spiritual power for Eastern Orthodox Christians. More

    April 10, 2009 | Comments

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    An unstated Easter hope for eternal life runs through writer John Updike's work, from his famous early poem "Seven Stanzas at Easter" to "Endpoint," his final collection of poetry, published just a few months after his death.

    April 7, 2009 | Comments

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    Sholem Aleichem is a writer best known for the stories that inspired the musical “Fiddler on the Roof.” He wrote in Yiddish, the everyday language of Eastern European Jews, and he wrote about everyday Jewish life in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. More

    February 20, 2009 | Comments

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    It’s not a surprise that America as an ideal offered such possibilities for Sholem Aleichem, even when it disappointed him in its details, because it was a place of reinvention, of transformation.

    February 20, 2009 | Comments

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    We have a profile today of the great Irish flutist Sir James Galway, talking about what grounds his performances and his life.

    November 7, 2008 | Comments

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    Our reporter Judy Valente in Chicago has a moving story today of a young violinist, once a child prodigy on her way to world-class status, who was struck down in a terrible accident. But she's coming back now, with great courage and faith.

    September 26, 2008 | Comments

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    We remember the Holocaust today with a profile of the late Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, a Jewish troubadour in the 1960s and '70s who preached love and peace and whose music has become a staple of religious observances in Jewish synagogues and homes.

    May 2, 2008 | Comments

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    “Every age,” writes Shakespeare scholar and cultural critic Marjorie Garber, “creates its own Shakespeare.” Our Shakespeare in the early 21st century seems to be the religious Shakespeare and, for some, a militantly Roman Catholic Shakespeare involved in an underground movement of secret Jesuit priests and recusant British aristocrats who wanted to consign Queen Elizabeth’s Protestant England to “the old religion” and restore loyalty to the papacy. More

    April 25, 2008 | Comments

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    Read more of Kim Lawton’s March 12, 2008 interview with the Reverend Victoria Sirota, Canon Pastor and Vicar of the Congregation at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine in New York City. More

    March 21, 2008 | Comments

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    Western Christians are celebrating Holy Week and Easter this week, their most sacred time of the year. In the many special services and observances that take place during Holy Week, music plays a crucial role in setting the mood of the worship and in helping to convey the Easter message. More

    March 21, 2008 | Comments

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