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Program tells the story of Job through jazz


September 10, 2007

Wake Forest University presents “The Story of Job: A Theodicy in Jazz and Spoken Word” at 7 p.m. Sept. 20 in Wait Chapel.  The program was written by The Rev. Kelly Carpenter of Green Street Church in Winston-Salem.

The Book of Job blends a sophisticated theology with rich poetry, filled with humor, satire, sorrow and rage, Carpenter says.  He loves the Book of Job “because it gives us permission to ask difficult questions, the kind of questions whose answers can only be flickering candles in the dark, walking to the border of our human knowledge.”

Carpenter found that jazz, as a musical form that explores the full range of human emotions, best expresses the nature of the story.  The music will be performed by Karen Kendrick on piano, John Wilson on percussion, Josh Tillman on trumpet, Matt Kendrick on bass and Sam Owens on saxophone. 

Carpenter will present the poetry.  He hopes the audience members will see themselves “reflected back in the voices of the characters and enter the mystery and genius of the Book of Job.”

The program is sponsored by the Public Theology program of the Wake Forest University Divinity School.  The performance is free and open to the public.

Press Contacts:

Audrey Fannin
(336) 758-5237


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