2018 Marissen-Belfar Residency

SMU Residency Lauren Belfer and Michael Marissen

April 18–20, 2018

Sponsored by
Sacred Music Program, Perkins and Meadows Schools SMU
Jewish Studies Program, Dedman College SMU
Northaven United Methodist Church, Dallas

Prof. Michael Marissen and award-winning novelist Lauren Belfer will visit the SMU campus for a three-day residency, during which a number of lectures and classes explore questions of Bach’s relationship to religion and the cultures of modernity. Classroom visits are open to the public, as are the lectures on and off campus. Join us for a series of stimulating, thought-provoking events.

Event Schedule

Wednesday, April 18

11 – 11:50 a.m.  MUAS 5153 Vocal Techniques
  Johann Sebastian Bach: Cantata BWV 12 Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen
7 – 9 p.m. Prothro Hall 100: Bach Against Modernity

Thursday, April 19

2 – 3:20 p.m.         

OFAC 2130 Hall: MUHI 1302 Introduction to Music in History and Culture 
  Tainted Glory in Handel’s Messiah
3:30 – 6 p.m. Prothro Hall 220: CM 8348 Theological Perspectives in Music/Bach and God
  The Passions BWV 244, 245
7 – 8:45 p.m. Northaven United Methodist Church: Faith Voices on Justice Series
Exploring Religious Intolerance in the Music of Bach: And After the Fire

Friday, April 20

11 – 11:50 a.m. OFAC 2061MUHI 6335 Introduction to Graduate Studies in Music
  The Calov Bible of J. S. Bach
Noon – 1:55 p.m.

Prothro Great Hall: Lunchtime lecture with Jewish Studies

Click here for more information and to register.



Lauren Belfer

LAUREN BELFER's debut novel, City of Light, was a New York Times bestseller, as well as a New York Times Notable Book, a Library Journal Best Book, and a Main Selection of the Book-of-the-Month Club. Her second novel, A Fierce Radiance, was named a Washington Post Best Novel, an NPR Best Mystery, and a New York Times Editors’ Choice. Her third novel, And After the Fire, received the National Jewish Book Award. 

Michael MarissenMICHAEL MARISSEN is Daniel Underhill Professor, Emeritus, at Swarthmore College. His many books include The Social and Religious Designs of Bach's Brandenburg Concertos (Princeton, 1995); Lutheranism, anti-Judaism, and Bach's St. John Passion (Oxford, 1998); Tainted Glory in Handel's Messiah (Yale, 2014); and Bach & God (Oxford, 2016). His essays have appeared in the Harvard Theological Review, The Huffington Post, and The New York Times.