Tennessee Players proudly presents ... SCHWEITZER PLAYS BACH

Words of Albert Schweitzer 
and the Music of Bach 

by Thurston Moore 
Premiered October 22, 1995

A perfect Blend of Historical Images, Music and Drama 


 World-wide performance rights available.

of 40-45 minutes are available to high schools, senior centers,
clubs, organizations, etc.

The fee for your performance is nominal because you present this
production with your own readers and personnel. We supply the script,
directions, and the loan of a Powerpoint CD presentation.

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A Portrait by Connie Erickson
30" x 48" OIL

Thurston Moore speaking at the dedication of the painting's new home in
the main library at Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama, December 2, 2003.

"A lengthy and standing ovation followed the final words of
Schweitzer - certainly as much for the content and quality of the
material as the performances. The poignant text, fine choice of
repertoire and beautiful slides created a beautiful effect with the live
acoustical space and fine Letourneau organ at Trinity Lutheran Church.
As the closing progam in this year's Bach Festival, the program left us
with a humble reverence for the work of two great minds."

William Klimas, Grand Rapids Bach Festival

"I can't begin to tell you how great a joy it was to be a part of
the Schweitzer production in Wethersfield. The script is, of course,
wonderful...thoughtful, moving, funny and ultimately, very meaningful. I
think the timing of our show was appropriate, coming as it did so close
to the death of Mother Teresa. Georgianna's fine direction reminded me
of a favorite professor/director I worked with in school who was always
striving to get the best performance out of us."

Joanne Nesti Channel 30, NBC, West Hartford, CT

"I'm so happy to inform you of a great/tremendous success for the
play in Roskilde Cathedral here in Denmark!

Everybody I talked to expressed the same - they have had a
wonderful experience - and almost everyone also mentioned the text as
one of the most essential that they have heard for a long time!"

Bent Munk Olsen, Copenhagen, Denmark

Words of Albert Schweitzer and the Music of Bach
Presentations Listed Alphabetically

Belgium -- Romerohaus, Rijweg, Puurs -- Christian Basic Movement -- February 19, 2005 -- (This is an educational organization that gives inspiration and motivation to its members from a Christian vision. The topic for their February meeting was "Albert Schweitzer and His Ethic of Respect for Life.")
Canada -- British Columbia -- Vancouver -- Shaughnessy Heights United Church -- March 22, 2003 -- This was part of efforts to raise awareness for Beads of Hope Campaign to help women in South Africa impacted by HIV/AIDS
Denmark -- Roskilde -- The Cathedral of Roskilde -- 2 productions: September 20, 2000 and April 27, 2001
France -- Strasbourg -- St. Thomas Church -- December 15, 2000

United States of America:
District of Columbia
-- Washington -- Washington National Cathedral -- July 22, 2005 – The Mayor proclaimed July 22 "Albert Schweitzer Day" in Washington, D.C. -- Featured actor Hugh O'Brian and Cathedral Organist, Eric Suter -- Co-stars were Jean Cochran and Carl Kasell, newscasters on NPR's "Morning Edition."
Alabama -- Birmingham -- Independent Presbyterian Church -- February 4, 2002
Arizona -- Tucson -- Northminster Presbyterian Church -- March 26, 2003
California -- Chico -- California State University -- North Valley Chapter of the American Guild of Organists -- February 3, 2002
California -- Long Beach -- Los Altos United Methodist Church -- February 26, 2006
California -- Long Beach -- Parish Church of St. Luke's -- November 17, 1998
California -- Los Angeles -- First Congregational Church -- June 24, 2005 -- World's Largest Church Pipe Organ - over 20,000 pipes -- Featured David Goode, Organist in Residence -- Hugh O'Brian spoke the words of Schweitzer with co-stars, Hal Linden and Lee Meriwether. -- This was part of a 3-day event celebrating O'Brian's birthday. Included Reagan Library, Peterson Automobile Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Universal Studios, and Getty Muesum.
California -- Oceanside -- The First Presbyterian Church -- October 6, 2002
California -- Pasadena -- All Saints' Church (Episcopal) -- Los Angeles Chapter of the American Guild of Organists -- March 11, 2001
California -- Santa Barbara -- First United Methodist Church -- March 13, 2005 – The Mayor proclaimed March 13 "Albert Schweitzer Day in Santa Barbara." -- Two programs were presented: -- the 2:00 pm: "Albert Schweitzer Tribute Concert" featured Dr. Schweitzer's granddaughter, Christiane Engel, concert pianist, with the Stern Quartet from Prague. Narrator: James E. Brodhead. Concert co-sponsored by The Santa Barbara Symphony. – the 8:00 pm: "Words of Albert Schweitzer and the Music of Bach" -- actor Hugh O'Brian spoke the words of Dr. Schweitzer, other actors were James E. Brodhead and Helena Hale. Producton co-sponsored by The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation.
Colorado -- Denver -- Central Presbyterian Church -- co-sponsored by the Denver Chapter of the American Guild of Organists -- February 21, 1997 -- Hugh O'Brian spoke the words of Dr. Schweitzer
Colorado -- Denver -- Whatley Chapel on the campus of Johnson and Wales University -- Denver Chapter of the American Guild of Organists -- October 12, 2007 -- Eight organists of the Chapter played. Albert Schweitzer and J.S. Bach are enshrined in stained glass windows in the Chapel.
Connecticut -- Washington -- First Congregational Church -- January 23, 2005 -- A benefit for Hospital Albert Schweitzer, Haiti
Connecticut -- Wethersfield -- The First Church of Christ -- September 7, 1997 -- Inauguration of the Albert Schweitzer Organ Festival in the U.S.A.
Florida -- Ocala - St. Matthews Lutheran Church - September 18, 2011
Florida -- Bradenton -- First United Methodist Church -- February 15, 2005
Florida -- Jacksonville -- St. Matthews Catholic Church -- Jacksonville Chapter of the American Guild of Organists -- January 30, 2005
Florida -- Largo -- Prince of Peace Lutheran Church -- November 7, 2004, October 19, 2008
Florida -- Naples -- Moorings Presbyterian Church -- November 21, 2004
Florida -- Sarasota -- Bahia Vista Mennonite Church -- March 20, 2005
Florida -- Temple Terrace -- St. Catherine's Episcopal Church -- November 20, 2005
Florida -- Vero Beach -- Trinity Episcopal Church -- Treasure Coast Chapter of the American Guild of Organists -- April 6, 2008 -- Gail Archer, organist
Georgia -- Atlanta -- Lutheran Church of the Redeemer -- March 17, 2006 -- Annual Bach Birthday Concert
Georgia -- Lilburn -- Pilgrimage Presbyterian Church -- April 18, 2004
Illinois -- Macomb --First Presbyterian Church -- Western Illinois University Chapter of the American Guild of Organists -- March 26, 2006
Illinois -- Naperville -- St. John's Episcopal Church -- Fox Valley Chapter of the American Guild of Organists -- March 3, 2002
Indiana -- Goshen -- Greencroft Senior Center -- Elkhart County Chapter of the American Guild of Organists -- October 6, 1997 -- abbreviated version
Indiana -- Indianapolis -- North United Methodist Church -- January 28, 2007
Iowa -- Cedar Falls -- University of Northern Iowa -- June 8 and 10, 2000
Iowa -- Cedar Rapids --First Lutheran Church -- February 18, 2007
Iowa -- Des Moines -- Westminster Presbyterian Church -- February 1, 2004
Kansas -- North Newton -- Bethel College -- March 15, 1998
Kansas -- Prairieville -- Southminster Presbyterian Church -- Greater Kansas City Chapter of the American Guild of Organists -- May 15, 2000
Kansas -- Winfield -- Southwestern College -- October 28, 1999
Louisiana -- Baton Rouge -- First United Methodist Church -- Baton Rouge Chapter of the American Guild of Organists -- January 14, 2005 -- Dr. Schweitzer's Birthday
Maine -- Manchester -- Albert Schweitzer Academy for the Arts -- January 14, 2005 -- Dr. Schweitzer's Birthday
Maryland -- Williamsport -- Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church -- November 6, 2005
Massachusetts -- Dover -- The Dover Church -- October 24, 2004
Michigan -- Grand Rapids - FUMC - March 3, 2012  
Michigan -- Ann Arbor -- Bethlehem United Church of Christ -- May 6, 2007
Michigan -- Detroit -- The Metropolitan United Methodist Church -- October 25, 1996
Michigan -- Flint -- Woodside Church -- January 16, 2000
Michigan -- Grand Rapids -- Trinity Lutheran Church -- Grand Rapids Chapter of the American Guild of Organists -- April 19, 1999 -- Grand Rapids Bach Festival
Michigan -- Grosse Pointe Farms -- The Grosse Pointe Memorial Church (The Presbyterian Church U.S.A.) -- in association with The Cranbrook Peace Foundation -- March 16, 2003
Michigan -- Kalamazoo -- St. Luke's Episcopal Church -- March 21, 2006 -- Bach's Birthday -- Sponsored by the Michigan Bach Collegium
Michigan -- Midland -- First United Methodist Church -- April 8, 2003
Michigan -- Saginaw -- First Presbyterian Church -- November 17, 2000
Minnesota -- Mankato -- Bethany Lutheran College -- February 23, 2000
Minnesota -- Moorhead -- Lutheran Church of The Good Shepherd -- Red River Valley Chapter of the American Guild of Organists -- February 4, 2001
Minnesota -- Rochester -- First Presbyterian Church -- February 21, 1999
Mississippi -- Jackson -- St. Philip's Episcopal Church - April 16, 2004
Missouri -- Columbia --Missouri United Methodist Church -- April 9, 2005
Missouri -- Columbia -- Stephens College -- part of Alumnae Weekend festivities -- April 19, 2001 -- made possible by a gift from Alyne Roberts Cheatham, alumna who spent some time working with Dr. Schweitzer in Lambaréné
Missouri -- St. Joseph -- Ashland United Methodist Church -- St. Joseph Chapter of the American Guild of Organists -- March 23, 2003
Montana -- Billings -- First Presbyterian Church -- Yellowstone Chapter of the American Guild of Organists -- March 19, 2006
Nebraska -- Bennington -- St. John's Lutheran Church -- Omaha Chapter of the American Guild of Organists -- November 7, 2004
Nebraska -- Freemont -- Midland Lutheran College -- 4 productions -- May 12, 2000 -- 200? -- May 10, 2004 -- May 9, 2005 (fourth production)
Nebraska -- Hastings -- Hastings College – April 2, 2001 -- Elinore Barber played the Woman -- State Senator David Landis spoke the words of Albert Schweitzer
Nebraska -- Lincoln -- College View Seventh Day Adventist Church -- Lincoln Chapter of the American Guild of Organists -- March 16, 2003
Nebraska -- Lincoln -- First Plymouth Congregational Church -- Lincoln Chapter of the American Guild of Organists -- February 27, 2005 -- Elinore Barber spoke before this fund-raiser performance
Nebraska -- Grand Island -- First Presbyterian Church -- November 9th, 2008 -- State Senator David Landis spoke the words of Albert Schweitzer
Nevada -- Reno -- Trinity Episcopal Church -- October 25, 2002 -- featured organist Gail Archer
New York -- Albany -- St. Paul's Episcopal Church -- Eastern New York Chapter of the American Guild of Organists -- November 5, 2006
New York -- Cortland -- United Presbyterian Church -- November 5, 2005 -- Co-sponsored by the Cultural Council of Cortland County
New York -- Elmira -- The Park Church -- Chemung Valley Chapter of the American Guild of Organists -- April 17, 2005
New York -- New York -- Holy Trinity Lutheran Church -- April 19, 2005 -- "The Bach Church of New York" -- The Mayor proclaimed April 19 "Albert Schweitzer Day in New York City." Dr. Robert A.F. Thurman, Columbia University, author and Tibetan scholar, spoke the words of Dr. Schweitzer. Co-stars were Dr. Glory Van Scott and Richard Sterne. Concert organist Gail Archer joined church organist Rick Erickson to play the Bach selections. Production co-sponsored by Tibet House U.S., co-founded by Robert Thurman and Richard Gere in 1987, under the auspices of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
New York -- Round Lake -- Round Lake Auditorium -- Presented by the Eastern New York Chapter of the American Guild of Organists -- July 27, 2007 -- Featured oldest and largest three-keyboard, mechanical tracker action pipe organ in the U.S. Still unchanged since 1847.
New York -- Syracuse -- Syracuse University Schine Student Center -- March 1, 1998
North Carolina -- Raleigh - Edenton Street UMC - October 21, 2011 
North Carolina -- Asheville -- Jubilee Church -- February 2, 2007
North Carolina -- Fayetteville -- First Presbyterian Church -- July 22, 2005
North Carolina -- Gastonia -- First United Methodist Church -- November 8, 1998
Ohio -- Berea -- The Baldwin-Wallace College Chapel -- The Riemenschneider Bach Institute -- January 25, 1998 -- Elinore Barber spoke the words of The Woman
Ohio -- Canton -- Zion Lutheran Church -- Sponsored by the Canton Chapter of the American Guild of Organists -- March 4, 2007
Ohio -- Cincinnati -- North Presbyterian Church -- April 10, 2000
Ohio -- Cleveland -- First Baptist Church of Greater Cleveland -- January 21, 2007
Ohio -- Columbus -- First Congregational United Church of Christ -- March 25, 2007
Ohio -- Columbus -- Northwest Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) -- Columbus Chapter of the American Guild of Organists -- October 5, 2003
Ohio -- Findlay -- First Presbyterian Church -- February 17, 2002
Ohio -- Kent -- United Church of Christ -- February 18, 2007
Ohio -- Mansfield -- Ashland University Chapel -- The Ohio State University -- North Central Ohio Chapter of the American Guild of Organists -- May 2, 1998
Ohio -- North Olmstead -- John Knox Presbyterian Church -- November 11, 2007 -- Presented in conjunction with the Oberlin Conservatory
Ohio -- Sandusky -- Zion Lutheran Church -- March 18, 2007
Ohio -- Shaker Heights -- First Unitarian Church of Cleveland -- April 10, 2005
Oklahoma -- Tulsa -- Christ the King Catholic Church -- April 14, 2005
Pennsylvania -- Allentown -- Christ Lutheran Church -- Lehigh Valley Chapter of the American Guild of Organists -- July 29, 2000
Pennsylvania -- Collegeville -- Trinity Reformed Church -- October 30, 2005 -- Reformation Sunday -- Abridged production was the "sermon" at both morning services.
Pennsylvania -- Harrisburg -- Market Square Presbyterian Church -- October 6, 2001
Pennsylvania -- Reading -- First United Church of Christ -- October 17, 2004
Pennsylvania -- Somerset -- Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church -- September 10, 2006 -- This was a presentation in remembrance of the 5th anniversary of the "Flight 93" crash in the area. Co-sponsored by the church and the 911 Committee in the Community
Pennsylvania -- Williamsport -- Pine Street United Methodist Church -- Williamsport Chapter of the American Guild of Organists -- October 23, 2001
South Carolina -- Greenville -- First Presbyterian Church -- Greenville Chapter of the American Guild of Organists -- March 14, 2000
South Carolina -- Spartanburg -- First Presbyterian Church -- May 23, 1999
Tennessee -- Columbia -- First Presbyterian Church -- September 13, 2003
Tennessee -- Franklin -- St. Matthew Church: A Catholic Community -- February 28, 2004
Tennessee -- Hendersonville -- Pope John Paul II High School -- January 31, 2004
Tennessee -- Morristown -- First United Methodist Church -- March 12, 1999
Tennessee -- Nashville -- Christ the King Catholic Church -- February 20, 2004
Tennessee -- Nashville -- Father Ryan High School -- January 24, 2004
Tennessee -- Nashville -- First Lutheran Church -- March 21, 2000 -- An event leading up to Symposium 2000 -- World Peace through Reverence for Life
Tennessee -- Nashville -- Scarritt-Bennett Center -- October 15 (preview) and 22 (premier), 1995 -- At the premiere Hugh O'Brian spoke the words of Dr. Schweitzer
Tennessee -- Nashville -- Scarritt-Bennett Center -- October 14 & 15, 2005 -- The Tenth Anniversary Production featured actor Hugh O'Brian, who had starred in the premiere production in 1995, speaking the words of Dr. Schweitzer -- also Naomi Tutu, daughter of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Desmond Tutu, and Gail Archer, organist
Tennessee -- Nashville -- West End United Methodist Church -- October 14, 2000 -- A Symposium 2000 -- World Peace through Reverence for Life event
Tennessee -- Old Hickory (Hermitage-Mt. Juliet) -- St. Stephen Catholic Community -- January 16, 2004
Tennessee -- Pleasant Hill -- Pleasant Hill Community Church -- September 30 and October 1, 2005 -- Jim Crabtree, Executive Director, Cumberland County Playhouse, spoke the Words of Albert Schweitzer
Texas -- Amarillo -- St. Andrews Episcopal Church -- June 2 and 3, 2007 -- Featured Hugh O'Bian, Francie Swift, and Dr. Michael Westmoreland with five area organists -- the June 2 performance was for the HOBY Conference for the Panhandle.
Texas -- Bryan -- First Presbyterian Church -- Brazos Valley Chapter of the American Guild of Organists -- September 17, 1999
Texas -- San Antonio -- Laurel Heights United Methodist Church -- March 18, 2007
Texas -- Waco -- Austin Avenue United Methodist Church -- July 22, 2005
Utah -- Murray -- Unity Spiritual Center (old Murray Theater) -- sponsored by the Utah URI (United Religions Initiative) community -- November 14, 15 matinee, 15 evening 2003
Virginia -- Chatham -- Chatham Hall -- September 18, 2005 -- College prep school associated with Episcopal Church.
Virginia -- Lynchburg -- Holy Trinity Lutheran Church -- March 20, 2005
Virginia -- Norfolk -- Christ & St. Luke's Episcopal Church -- co-sponsored by Tidewater Humane, Inc. -- September 26, 2004
Virginia -- Richmond -- The Tabernacle Baptist Church -- January 14, 2005 -- Organist, St. Michael's Episcopal Church and actors from professional Firehouse Theatre.
Wisconsin -- La Crosse -- University of Wisconsin-La Crosse -- Valhalla/Cartwright Center -- October 8, 2006 -- The day's tribute to Albert Schweitzer also included Christane Engel, concert pianist, granddaughter of Dr. Schweitzer, in a concert of Mozart music.
Wisconsin -- Mayville -- St. Paul Lutheran Church -- May 5, 2005
Wisconsin -- Waupaca -- Trinity Lutheran Church -- Northeast Wisconsin Chapter of the American Guild of Organists -- February 9, 2003

Words of Albert Schweitzer and the Music of Bach

A Multimedia Musical Dramatization
by Thurston Moore 

The premiere of this acclaimed production was held in Nashville, Tennessee, October, 1995. Actor Hugh O'Brian, who had visited Dr. Schweitzer at his African hospital in 1957, spoke the words of Albert Schweitzer. O'Brian said, "Mine is a personal reason to be speaking the words of Albert Schweitzer. It's a work of love, a work of respect and it's an honor."

Among those attending the premiere were Rhena Schweitzer MIller, Dr. Schweitzer's daughter, and her late husband, Dr. David C. Miller, and Mr. and Mrs. Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mohandas K. Gandhi. On the evening before the Sunday performance, Thurston and his late wife, Georgianna, hosted a dinner for their special guests. It was at this dinner that the magnificent painting of Schweitzer and Bach, by well known portrait artist, Connie Erickson, was unveiled.

Left to Right: Rhena Schweitzer Miller (1919-2009), Hugh O'Brian, Thurston Moore,
Georgianna Moore (1927 - 2002) and Arun Ghandi

It was a historic moment that evening when, for the first time, the families of Schweitzer and Gandhi came together. Reverend Bill Starnes wrote, "The twenty of us who gathered for dinner suddenly became quiet. Schweitzer and Gandhi - two of the most renowned men of the twentieth century, who, though they had never met, admired each other profoundly. And now, their descendants had just greeted each other. Antje Bultmann Lemke, Schweitzer scholar and daughter of Dr. Rudolph Bultmann, one of the most influential theologians of this century, was also there."

Since that premiere this creative blending of drama, music and historical images, has had many memorable productions throughout the United States, and several foreign countries.

Two noted Canadian organists played for the Nashville, Tennessee, production when it was presented as part of the 16-day peace event, Symposium 2000 - World Peace through Reverence for Life. That international symposium was produced by Tennessee Players and sponsored by Vanderbilt University.

E. Gordon Gee, Chancellor of Vanderbilt University, wrote, "Vanderbilt University is honored to sponsor the International Albert Schweitzer Conference and Symposium 2000. Schweitzer's philosophy of reverence for life.... requires of us responsibility for our actions in the world.

"Schweitzer's teachings are universal... especially relevant in a university setting, where it is imperative that we combine scholarly achievement with selfless service, and with a philosophy of respect and support for life."

Wherever Words of Albert Schweitzer and the Music of Bach is presented it receives rave reviews. Mary Beth Hinton, writing about the production at Syracuse University, wrote, "Never have I heard so much praise for a program."

"it was a thrill to be in New York City to witness and enjoy the Words of Albert Schweitzer and the Music of Bach in a spectacular setting at the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. Captivatng. Creative. Contemporary, at a time in world events when Schweitzer's words and Bach's music are more precious and inspiring than ever before." Ian Stevenson, Albert Schweitzer Fellowship.

Rev. Dr. Martha Kriebel, Pastor, Trinity Reformed Church, Collegeville, PA, wrote: "The words of Schweitzer carried the Gospel into today's world where his message is needed now more than ever. The response from the congregation is one of gratitude. For me, it was a time to celebrate my meeting the two (Schweitzer and Bach) in college days and being an admirer ever since. Thanks be to God for your ministry that equips us for ours!"

Gail Archer, concert organist and director of the music program at Bernard College, Columbia University has played for Words of Albert Schweitzer and the Music of Bach three times. She said, "It was a genuine spiritual experience for me to play the great works of Bach in the context of the life and work of Albert Schweitzer.

Bent Munk Olsen, Denmark, wrote, "It was a tremendous success in the historic Roskilde Cathedral (on the list of UNESCO's world's most precious assets)... the organist was sublime... almost everybody mentioned that the text was one of the most essential that they have heard in a long time." Six months after the first performance, the production was repeated in the cathedral with even greater success.

Roy Campbell, organist, Shaughnessy Heights United Church, Vancouver, Canada, wrote, " It certainly has been one of the most memorable and magnificent events in the church calendar."

Thomas E. Corts, President of Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama, wrote to Thurston Moore: "It must have been divine inspiration that pointed to the concept of integrating Bach's music with Schweitzer's words. I know of nothing that compares with it for uniting great music with great truth. Keeping alive the works of both men is a gift of great good to our troubled world."

This 90-minute production with 276 Power Point images shown from beginning to the end, and with live organ music, is being presented in churches, colleges and universities. Many churches have presented Words of Albert Schweitzer and the Music of Bach as part of their Arts Series. Jeff R. McLelland, Director of Music and Fine Arts, Independent Presbyterian Church, Birmingham, said, "....as the opening night of our 31st Annual Religious Arts Festival, it was the most effective production in the history of the festival."

Chapters of the important American Guild of Organists have taken the production to heart. Richard E. Emmons, Dean, North Valley Chapter, Chico, California, wrote, "...a local organist stated that it was a masterful compilation of philosophy and music. A month later we are still hearing echoes of what an outstanding program it was."

Dawn Papenfuss, Dean of the Red River Chapter, Fargo, North Dakota, wrote, "You did a great job expressing Schweitzer's deepest and best thoughts. The portion where Schweitzer's words are read over the organ music is incredibly powerful. I can't overstate that particular portion. WOW!"

Mary Lee Mistretta, Dean, Los Angeles Chapter, said of their production in March, 2001, "This dramatization offers an AGO an opportunity to present an important and unusual program -- offering the great organ music of Bach but much more." Present at that performance at the beautiful All Saints Church in Pasadena, were the playwright and his wife, and Dr. Schweitzer's daughter and granddaughter. Dr. Schweitzer's daughter, Rhena, has seen the production six times and says, "I think it is the most successful means today to make my father's name and work known."

Thurston Moore became deeply influenced by Dr. Schweitzer in 1957 when he saw the Academy Award-winning documentary film, Albert Schweitzer. Since then Moore's interest has grown, culminating in the creation of Words of Albert Schweitzer and the Music of Bach.

Albert Schweitzer was a rare and gifted individual with immense creativity. He was one of the most remarkable men of the twentieth century. Moore's life is guided by Schweitzer's philosophy of Reverence for Life, and one of his proudest accomplishments was his association in 1984 with Norman Cousins for the book, The Words of Albert Schweitzer. Moore believes that each one of us must do whatever he or she can do to help keep the "spirit" of this great philosopher and humanitarian alive. Moore says, "It is more evident each day that Schweitzer's words are as relevant now as when they were first written."

Schweitzer wrote: "The awareness that we are all human beings together has become lost in war and politics... we must rediscover the fact that we -- all together -- are human beings, and that we must strive to concede to each other what moral capacity we have."
Producing the dramatization, Words of Albert Schweitzer and the Music of Bach, helps Thurston Moore in his quest to keep the legacy of Schweitzer alive. The production brings cultural and spiritual enrichment to all who see it. The production is also helping preserve the glorious music of Bach. Schweitzer said, "Wherever Bach's music is played it has an impact on people. It influences them spiritually. Bach is a precious gift of our time."

People attending Words of Albert Schweitzer and the Music of Bach are visibly moved the moment the house lights dim, the overture begins -- Stokowski's dynamic recording of the Toccata in d minor -- and they see Connie Erickson's portrait of Schweitzer and Bach. And when the actor speaks Schweitzer's first words: "While working on my book, The Philosophy of Civilization, I recognized the fact that the central province of philosophy...there flashed upon my mind, unforseen and unsought, the phrase, reverence for life," the audience realizes that they will experience a memorable evening.

The production is also available with music on a CD for the entire production and also for an abridged 45-minute version.

Reverence for Life
Words of Albert Schweitzer and the Music of Bach
A Documentary Film
Based on Tennessee Players' Production

Why a Documentary Film on Albert Schweitzer? Dr. Schweitzer's life and its message - his philosophy of Reverence for Life - have never been more urgent than they are today in this violent age of suicidal contempt for life. He forever remains a brilliant thinker and a great ethical genius and teacher; no one in the past century has offered greater moral leadership. Mankind will be the loser if it is indifferent to the thought and philosophy of one of the rare minds of history. The words of Norman Cousins still ring true today: "We need an Albert Schweitzer among us."

Dr. Schweitzer's philosophy states with great clarity and conviction the essence of his wisdom. This philosophy is within everyone's grasp, and once grasped, cannot be forgotten. It is a philosophy of great power which could well save civilization from spiritual and material ruin.

Tom Harada, a surgeon born in Hiroshima, said, "Confucius would have spoken of compassion, the Buddha of mercy, the Christ of love for one's neighbor. Albert Schweitzer called it Reverence for Life.‰

Dr. Ramón Pascuel Muñoz Soler, of Argentina, wrote: "I believe in the testimony of the protagonists of a new world, a new history, and in the shared inspiration of sages and saints to redesign, re-create a new integrated science of humanness for a civilization being born. Albert Schweitzer is one of the foremost of these protagonists. He is not a figure of the past but an announcer of the future, if our species is to have a future."

Tennessee Players' acclaimed Multimedia Musical Dramatization of Words of Albert Schweitzer and the Music of Bach premiered in 1995; since then it has been presented in churches and universities throughout the United States, in France and Denmark, and will premiere in Canada in February, 2003.

The Documentary Film, like the stage drama, will be a feast for both eyes and ears, with the profound words of Albert Schweitzer being heard along with the glorious music of Bach, set against beautiful photographs and archival film footage by award-winning photographer Erica Anderson, Schweitzer's film biographer. Her film, Albert Schweitzer, won the Academy Award in l957 for Best Documentary. In addition to the voice speaking the words of Schweitzer there will be voices of a man and woman interacting with Schweitzer's words, plus approximately 22 additional voices being heard. None of the speakers will be seen on the film.

The opening music of the Documentary Film - behind the visuals before voices are heard - will be the symphonic version of Bach's Toccata in d minor, followed by the Fugue in d minor, played on the organ. There will be works of Bach filmed in seven of the edifices where Dr. Schweitzer gave organ concerts. Bach's music will also be filmed with the famous St. Thomas Boys Choir at St. Thomas Church in Leipzig, Germany, where Bach was Cantor for the last 26 years of his life.

The music segments will be filmed in the following countries: Denmark, France, England, Germany, The Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. Choirs will be featured in three of the beautiful churches, organ solos in the other five. The background score by a major film composer will include Bach themes. The film footage of the organists and choirs will segue between them, the organ, and the magnificent art works, and architectural interiors and exteriors of the eight historical edifices.

Two of the filming sites: The Palace of Music in Barcelona and the Cathedral Roskilde Domkirke in Denmark are on UNESCO's list of the world's most precious assets.

The Documentary Film will cover Schweitzer's accomplishments as a theologian, doctor, musician, humanitarian, philosopher and environmentalist. The African hospital he founded in 1913 still remains in operation and treats approximately 50,000 people annually. Schweitzer was famous as an interpreter of Bach's music (he gave more than 500 organ concerts in Europe); his biography of Bach was published in l905 and is still in print today. Among his writings are scholarly books on Christianity, St. Paul and Jesus. The Quest of the Historical Jesus was published in l906 when he was only 3l years old and it also remains in print. It has been called one of the most influential books of the 20th century.

Dr. Schweitzer received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1952. In a letter to Dr. Schweitzer from Dag Hammarskjöld, Secretary-General of the United Nations, he wrote, "The Nobel Institute has acted with great discernment; no man of the present day has contributed more than you have to the development of the spiritual conditions required for world brotherhood and a lasting peace."

Leaders and scientists from many countries chose Dr. Schweitzer to be their voice against the nuclear dangers and it was Norman Cousins who pressured him to do so. On April 24, 1957, Dr. Schweitzer's statement, Declaration of Conscience, was broadcast to the world from Oslo, under the auspices of the Nobel Peace Prize committee for the consideration of the world's peoples. He explained to everyone their fate in an atomic war:

"To fail to consider the importance and consequences of radioactive elements would be folly for which humanity would have to pay a terrible price. The end of further experiments with atom bombs would be like the early sunrays of hope which suffering humanity is longing for."

Author John Steinbeck wrote, ".... species clever enough to split the atom but not clever enough to live in peace with itself."

In addition to the Documentary Film for broadcasting throughout the world with the various languages dubbed in, plans call for videos and DVDs to be produced in the following languages: English, German, French, Spanish, Swedish, Danish, Dutch and Japanese. (There has always been great interest in Dr. Schweitzer and Bach's music in Japan.)

We owe it to our children and our children's children - generation after generation - to make every effort that Reverence for Life will become the guiding principle for all mankind. Gandhi said, "What you do in response to the ocean of suffering may seem insignificant, but it is very important that you do it."

Like many major Documentary Films a beautiful comprehensive coffee-table "companion book" to the production will be published. Both the Documentary Film and book will be a valuable educational resource.

Albert Schweitzer's philosophy of Reverence for Life together with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights can lead mankind out of the darkness we have fallen into so that everyone will know that the golden light of peace is beautiful.

"The idea of  Reverence for Life is the basic 
principle of goodness."     Albert Schweitzer

"How much we enjoyed your presentation." 
Rhena Schweitzer Miller
"What a spectacular job you have done on behalf of Dr. Schweitzer and Reverence for Life."
Lachlan Forrow, M.D. 
President, Albert Schweitzer Fellowship
"I am still under the spell ... what you created is extraordinary."
Antje Bultmann Lemke
"Albert Schweitzer's philosophy and work was brought vividly to life."
Henry Arnold, Critic
"Never have I heard so much praise ... it has been a privilege to focus on such a morally and spiritually uplifting subject." 
Mary Beth Hinton, Syracuse University
"The message and the music of "Words of Albert Schweitzer and the Music of Bach" are surely worthy of the men, and upcoming generations need to be reminded of the lives and contributions of both. In what Schweitzer did, in his years of helping others less fortunate in a remote part of the world, there is certainly no questioning his devotion to Jesus Christ. Such depth of commitment is seen with diminishing frequency in our world. I trust the story will be told in words and in music among all nations."
Thomas E. Corts,
President, Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama
"We received many expressions of gratitude and appreciation. The presentation concluded a successful Religion and Philosophy in Life Week."
David M. Brookman, Chaplain
Hastings College, Hastings, Nebraska


John J. Compton
Professor of Philosophy, Emeritus
Vanderbilt University

Christiane Engel, M.D, Ph.D.
Concert Pianist
Schweitzer's Granddaughter

Lachlan Forrow, M.D
Albert Schweitzer Fellowship

Arun Gandhi
Founder Director
M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence

David T. Ives
Executive Director
Albert Schweitzer Institute
Quinnipiac University

David Krieger
Nuclear Age Peace Foundation

Christopher J. McCarty
Recruitement Supervisor
Humility of Mary Health Partners

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