MoM3: The Book of Dawkins Song

Friday, July 8, 2022 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill
United States

 An expression of belief about the nature of life, and the joy we can find in understanding it, told through Richard Dawkins’ decidedly secular world view, paradoxically organized by David in the shape of a Christian Mass. 

Sumptuous Planet: A Dawkins Mass captures the famed biologist’s thoughts on the magnificence and staggering beauty of nature, as well as its utter indifference to our presence here. David’s musical world is one of anticipation and question – there is always another dimension we are invited to consider, to expect, to seek. Here, a Kyrie that reads, “If there is mercy in nature, it is accidental” and a Gloria follows: “Nature is a magnificent structure.”

David Shapiro, Sumptuous Planet: A Dawkins Mass (world premiere) on texts of Richard Dawkins

Pre-concert talk with Donald and David @ 6pm in the Burleigh Cruikshank Memorial Chape

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"I stand at the seashore, alone, and start to think.
There are the rushing waves . . . mountains of molecules,
each stupidly minding its own business . . . trillions apart . ..
yet forming white surf in unison.
Ages on ages . . . before any eyes could see . . .
year after year . . . thunderously pounding the shore as now.
For whom, for what? . . . on a dead planet, with no life to entertain."

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