The last event in the Arts and Human Conflict Series, sponsored by the West Virginia University College of Creative Arts in observance of the anniversary of September 11, is a lecture and presentation entitled”The Contemplative Power of Music in Contemporary Society”by David Bess, chair of the WVU Division of Music.

The event will be held Tuesday, Oct. 1, at 7:30 p.m. in the Mountainlair Gluck Theater. It is free and open to the public.

In the hour-long presentation, Dr. Bess will introduce a selection of music relating to events of Sept. 11, 2001. He will then explain how each selection helped him during a difficult time in his life, for the purpose of demonstrating how music can help others in times of need.

“Essentially, Im trying to demonstrate the healing power of music,”he said.”I will choose pieces that relate to all of the experiences and emotions connected to the attacks. This will not be a theory or history lecture, but an opportunity to explore the personal impact music can have on your life.”

Bess is associate professor of music education and received both his masters degree and doctorate from WVU and his bachelors degree from Alderson-BroaddusCollege. Prior to teaching at WVU , he served as a public school teacher in West Virginia. Presently, he is active as an adjudicator, clinician and researcher. He also is a past president of the West Virginia Music Educators Association.

For more information, contact the College of Creative Arts at 293-4841 ext. 3108.