Durham News: Community

On Faith: Bartok, Hungarian food set for St. Stephen’s

The acclaimed Borromeo String Quartet will make its annual appearance at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 82 Kimberly Drive, at 4 p.m. Sunday.

Their program, part of the current season of the church’s concert series, will include the six string quartets by Bela Bartok. The quartets that have a total playing time of nearly three hours will be played in the order in which they were written.

There will be two intermissions, a short one after quartets 1 and 2 and a longer one after quartets 3 and 4. During the second intermission a light dinner featuring Hungarian food will be served in the church parish hall.

Gyula Szilayzi, a Hungarian chef in Chicago, will prepare dessert crepes (palacsinta). Agnes Janoshazi, a member of the church who regularly elevates Sunday morning coffee hours to great culinary heights, will make poppy seed pasta (makositizta), one of Bartok’s favorite dishes.

Past concerts at St. Stephen’s have often included a half hour pre-concert discussion with the artists. For this special Bartok event there will be a one hour Online Encounter, titled “Paths not Taken.”

This will include draft movements of the quartets 1-5 with quartet 6 illustrated by the Borromeos.

This material was uncovered by first violinist Nicholas Kitchen through his work in the Bartok Archive in Budapest. The manuscripts will be shown with the permission of Bartok’s son Peter. The Online Encounter will be available a couple of weeks before the concert. A link to it will be found on the concert series web site, ststphensinstantencore.com.

There is more. In the church parlor there will be repeated showings of a 15-minute video called “Trekking with Bartok.”

Prepared by Kitchen, the video lets the audience hear the sounds Bartok recorded in the Hungarian countryside and shows the process by which he brought this music into his own compositions. The video will be run throughout the second intermission and also after the concert.

Tickets at $25 will be available at the door. The concert is free for those 18 or under.

Fascinating places

Scott Mason, the Tar Heel Traveler on WRAL-TV, will speak at a noonday event Wednesday at Duke Memorial United Methodist, 504 W. Chapel Hill St.

Participants should bring a dish for the covered lunch at 11:30 a.m. The program will begin at 12:15 p.m. during which Mason will talk about fascinating places across the state and the lives of memorable characters he has met. Also, he will show episodes from some recent programs.

Copies of his book “The Tar Heel Traveler’s Journeys Across North Carolina” and “Tar Heel Traveler Eats: Food Journey Across North Carolina” will be available for sale.

This event is made possible by the church and a grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Ministers conference

Because Christianity and Judaism share many practices and traditions, the 34th annual Minister’s Conference is set for Thursday, March 19, at Beth El Synagogue, 1004 Watts St. in Durham.

Patricia Ahearne-Kroll, assistant professor in the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Studies at the University of Minnesota, is the featured speaker for the 10 a.m. event. Lunch will follow her presentation.

She received her Ph.D. In Biblical Studies from the University of Chicago Divinity School and her M.Div. from the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley.

Area faith leaders are invited to spend a morning with others learning how insights from Judaism and from Christian text centuries ago in Egypt contribute to understanding of faith traditions today.

“Who says we can’t go back to Egypt?” is the theme that will resurrect forgotten stories rooted in Egypt, told by Greek speaking Jews, and saved from extinction by Christian scribes, reminding participants of what gems remain to be rediscovered in these joint traditions.

This annual event is supported by the Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Durham and Chapel Hill.

Call Phil Seib at 919-354-4967 at the federation office for registration and further information.

Contact Flo Johnston at fjohnston314@gmail.com or call 910-361-4135.