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Witkowski Kicks-Off Shannon Lecture Series, Sept. 22 & 23

  • Published: September 06, 2011


  • The 2011/2012 Shannon Lecture Series begins with Deanna Witkowski
  • Thursday, September 22, at 7 p.m.
  • This event is free and open to the public

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Contact: Christine Bochen at (585) 389-2728 or

Witkowski Kicks-Off Shannon Lecture Series, Sept. 22 & 23

The William H. Shannon Chair in Catholic Studies at Nazareth College proudly presents a talk by Deanna Witkowski, the first lecturer in the 2011/2012 Shannon Lecture series. Witkowski’s lecture, Moving with the Spirit: The Sacred Art of Jazz, takes place Thursday, September 22 at 7 p.m. in the Linehan Chapel of the Golisano Academic Center on the Nazareth campus, located at 4245 East Avenue, Rochester, N.Y., 14618. It is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Christine Bochen, the William H. Shannon Chair in Catholic Studies, at (585) 389-2728 or

There is also a second lecture on Friday, September 23 at 1:30 p.m. Witkowksi presents Beyond Words: Improvisation as Prayer. This lecture is also free and open to the public and takes place in the Linehan Chapel in Golisano Academic Center at Nazareth College. Witkowski’s expertise is found in her knowledge of multiple musical languages and cultures as a talented pianist, composer, vocalist, and liturgist. Her work has taken her to Brazil, Israel, and Japan.

A native of Webster, N.Y., Witkowski earned her master’s in jazz piano performance at City College of New York. Her musical talents have been recognized through her acknowledgment at the Great American Jazz Piano Competition and have led her to performances on National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition Sunday as well as Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz. Witkowski’s albums include Having to Ask (2000), Wide Open Window (2003), and Length of Days (2005). Her most recent release, From This Place (2009), bridges contemporary as well as sacred elements through her use of scripture, the Mass, 19th-century poetry, and original verses. Witkowski’s passion for music, natural abilities, and value of faith will allow for profound thought and insight in this first part of the Shannon Lecture Series.

The theme of this year’s Shannon Lecture Series is Awakening the Heart: The Art(s) of Faith, and features four lecturers who have dedicated their lives to combining the arts with their faith. Individual speakers share their creative abilities such as poetry, musical performance, painting, photography, and television and the impact they have had on their faith are explored in this four-part series.

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