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Week Two Theme :: Forces Unseen: What Shapes Our Daily Lives | Interfaith Lecture Theme :: Forces that Shape Our Daily Lives: The Contemporary Search for Spirituality

Saturday, July 04, 2020

We like to think we have ultimate freedom of choice. Yet every product or experience we can possibly consider has been carefully selected for us by a mostly invisible class of societal gatekeepers and tastemakers. Our choices are not only limited, but also affected by everything from explicit advertisements and an industry of “influencers” to secretive campaigns and algorithms.

  • Who are these shapers of modern life? How do they decide what trends to push?
  • Who are they accountable to, and how can we as individuals recognize and contend with them?

Interfaith Lecture Theme 

The recent studies are countless: organized mainstream religion is on the decline, and we have an emerging class of “nones,” referring to those who assign themselves to no faith tradition at all. But other assessments tell us that while many don’t identify with a mainstream religion, many more are indeed on a journey seeking spirituality and meaning. In this week we look at the evolution of modern faith traditions and ask: How might the “nones” unite with the mainstream to shape a better future?

HIGHLIGHTS

COMMUNITY

  • Annual Community Band concert

CHAMBER MUSIC

  • Ray Chen and Alexander Gavrylyuk

CLASSICAL

  • Alexander Gavrylyuk

DANCE

  • The Washington Ballet

ENTERTAINMENT

  • FES: Young Playwrights Project

OPERA

  • Thumbprint
  • Tosca

ORCHESTRA

  • "Link Up: The Orchestra Rocks". Rossen Milanov, conductor 
  • Independence Day Celebration. Stuart Chafetz, conductor
  • Gemma New, conductor; Wendy Bryn Harmer, soprano

SCHOOLS

  • Music School Festival Orchestra

THEATER

  • Sense and Sensibility by Kate Hamill
  • Twelfth Night by Wlliam Shakespeare*

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