Benjamin Wolaver plays the role of ‘Benjamin Cello,’ and is a cellist, writer, actor, and teacher. He shares the genesis of ‘Benjamin Cello’ as an incredible family creation. We will be talking about the incredible creativity in his family, their ‘socratic’ discussions, and how Ben himself fought the idea of being ‘Catholic’. And then his parents experienced a life-changing moment in Rome, and his brother witnessed a vision of Christ. This is how the entire Wolaver family – especially Benjamin – came into full communion with the Church.
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ABOUT BENJAMIN WOLAVER
He studied cello at the Juilliard School from eleven to thirteen before touring professionally as a member of the Annie Moses Band. Benjamin earned his B.A. in English Literature at the University of London where he won the Academic Achievement Award. As a member of the Annie Moses Band, he has performed on stages as diverse as Carnegie Hall and the Grand Ole Opry, toured abroad in Europe, and released chart-topping albums, including an Emmy-nominated PBS special. Benjamin teaches aesthetics and theology at the Conservatory of Annie Moses.
“The Wonderful World of Benjamin Cello” is a whimsical show that welcomes children to “the Land of the Baptized Imagination,” presenting families with timeless songs, lessons of faith and Scripture, and a creative and adventurous storyline that keeps children engaged. Now in its second season, families can expect the same intelligent character development and high-quality musical presentation of Season One now with fresh storylines, new musical pieces, and an array of Biblical themes.
01:40 Wolaver Origins
12:10 Music & Christianity
18:00 Beginnings of Conversion
27:00 Habits of Deep Thinking
40:10 Wrestling with the Rock of Peter
48:32 How it changes you
53:23 Closing Thoughts
ABOUT DOMINIC DE SOUZA
A cradle-Catholic passionate about the meeting of Faith, history, and science in the modern world. Born in New Zealand, studied in Fiji and France, raised in Australia, and now living in the USA. He is the founder of SmartCatholics, a community to help Catholics renew our faith, get smarter, and support our Holy Father, Pope Francis.
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