The Book of Job – Organ Recital & Lecture

Sunday, February 18, 2018, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Location: First United Methodist Church of San Diego, 2111 Camino del Rio South, San Diego, CA US 92108

Room: Sanctuary

Presented by:

Justin Murphy-Mancini  & Dr. Marvin Sweeney

Free & Open to the Public



Petr Eben (1929-2007), a Czech composer of modern and contemporary classical music, was an organist and choirmaster who survived the concentration camp in Buchenwald. Eben writes, "After the organ cycle Faust, I felt impelled to return to the same theme - the wager between Satan and God on the fate of a human being - this time an Old Testament subject. Faust relied on his own human strength and failed; Job humbly accepted his misfortune and triumphed."

Following a lecture on the Book of Job given by Professor Marvin Sweeney, Justin Murphy-Mancini will play Eben's Job for Organ.

Dr. Marvin Sweeney is Professor of Hebrew Bible at the Claremont School of Theology. He specializes in Hebrew Bible studies with a focus on prophetic literature, the history of Judaism and Jewish thought. Among his many publications are: Reading Prophetic Books; and Reading Ezekiel: A Literary and Theological Commentary.

Justin Murphy-Mancini is a composer and performer based in San Diego where he is resident organist at First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego. As a composer, he has been commissioned by the San Diego Pro Arte Voices and the percussion ensemble red fish blue fish, and his music has been performed by Ensemble SurPlus and the Callithumpian Consort, among others. His work investigates timbral development in response to medieval poetic forms and iterative processes. Justin also works closely with instrumental and vocal soloists to develop long-term collaborations. As a historical keyboardist specializing in harpsichord and organ, Justin has performed internationally, including at the BRQ Vantaa Fringe Festival (Finland) and the Conservatório Franz Liszt Baroque Music Festival (Ecuador). He is active as a collaborator throughout San Diego, with upcoming appearances on Organ for the Senses II at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion and at Irvine Valley College with the IVC Master Chorale. Justin can be heard on recorded releases forthcoming from Acis Productions and Marginal Frequency. Justin earned degrees in performance, composition, and philosophy from Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music and is currently a Ph.D. student in composition at the University of California, San Diego.

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