Jesus upholds the universe by the Word of His power and the center of the cosmos is Love that binds everything together in perfect harmony. The idea of music and dance as formative images appears in the writing of Augustine, Boethius, Dante, Lewis and Charles Williams. Formal dance requires the learning of steps, mutual submission to a partner, being part of something larger than oneself, and seeing providence at work. Through literature, music, and film, we will examine this motif of music and dance and how it makes a difference in our understanding of the arts, performance, education and relationships.
Gregory Wilbur is Chief Musician at Cornerstone Presbyterian Church in Franklin, TN, as well as Dean and Senior Fellow of New College Franklin—a Christian liberal arts college that he helped to start. During the past twenty years he has taught at classical schools and co-ops, developed curriculum, served on school boards and wri en and talked on issues pertaining to education. He enjoys discipling students and walking them through classics of literature, lm, and music. He earned his Masters in Music Composition at the University of Alabama. He is the author of Glory and Honor: The Music and Artistic Legacy of Johann Sebastian Bach and has released two CDs of his compositions of congregational psalms, hymns and service music. In addition, he writes for choir, orchestra, lm and chamber ensembles. His wife, Sophia, home schools their daughter, Eleanor, and they all enjoy reading, cooking, taking walks and enjoying life in middle Tennessee.