There comes a point in the second movement of Daniel Asia's "Two Sacred Songs," when the rhythm becomes almost dancelike. It moves and spins out into a climax, a "sacred moment," that for the composer speaks as much about his faith as his art.
"There is a mystery at the center of this poem that is like the center of the universe, something that we can't quite understand," said Asia, who will explore the connection between spirituality and classical music at a Saturday performance at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's Helene Zelazo Center.
"Music is something that no matter how we grapple with it, no matter how we try to analyze it, at its center is a great mystery in the way it moves us."
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