Art & Soul - Perkins School of Theology

Art & Soul is a quadrennial program made possible by the Claudia and Taylor Robinson Lectureship at Perkins School of Theology. Claudia and Taylor Robinson, both graduates of Southern Methodist University, established the fund with the intention that it be devoted to surveying the arts as interpreters of religious beliefs and practices.

Image of ChanticleerDuring 2012, Art & Soul presented the multiple Grammy Award-winning vocal ensemble Chanticleer, October 28, at the Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe in the Dallas Arts District.

More about Art & Soul 2012 with Chanticleer.

During 2008 Art & Soul brought three special programs to the Dallas community. Chanticleer

The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge University

On Thursday, April 3, 2008, The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge University performed at the Cathedral Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in downtown Dallas. Under the direction of Stephen Cleobury, the choir, internationally recognized for their British church music tradition, is comprised of 16 choristers, 14 choral scholars, and 2 organ scholars. Following remarks by Dean William B. Lawrence, the group offered a rich array of choral works to the inspiration of a warm and receptive audience. 

Olivier Messiaen: “The Musician as Theologian”                

Late September brought to Perkins the intricate and enchanting music of renowned French composer Olivier Messiaen in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of his birth. The Musician as Theologian symposium, jointly sponsored by Perkins and Meadows School of the Arts, featured a rich array of concerts, lectures, worship services, and conversations on the subject of Messiaen’s creative works. 

Sweet Honey in the Rock

Combining soul-stirring a cappella harmonies with bright, colorful wardrobes, Grammy-nominated Sweet Honey in the Rock entertained a warm and receptive audience at the Majestic Theatre in downtown Dallas on October 3. The performance blended the honey-sweet sounds of blues, spirituals, gospel, African chant, ancient lullabies, and jazz improvisation, and included a delightful element of audience participation.