Announcing the 2016 Music in 21st Century Society Lecture

We are delighted to announce that the speaker for this year’s Lloyd Old and Constance Old lecture is renowned musicologist Richard Taruskin, with a response from Scott Burnham. The lecture will also feature, as ever, a musical guest, performing works related to the lecture’s topic.

Richard Taruskin is a prolific musicologist at UC Berkeley, specializing in Russian music (especially of the modernist variety) and Early Modern music. He is the author of the six volume Oxford History of Western MusicOn Russian Music, The Danger of Music: And Other Anti-Utopian Essays, Stravinsky and the Russian Traditions: A Biography of the Works through Mavra, Text and Act, to name only a selection of his monographs, as well as innumerable articles and reviews. He writes extensively for both academic and lay audiences and has received many prizes for his writing, including the Noah Greenberg Prize (1978), The Alfred Einstein Award (1980), the Dent Medal (1987),  the ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award (1988, 2005), and the 1997 and 2006 Kinkeldey Prizes.

Scott Burnham is a full time musicology and music theory faculty member at Princeton University and a current visiting professor at the Graduate Center. His areas of focus include the history of tonal theory,  problems in criticism and analysis, and music of the Common Practice era. His monograph, Beethoven Hero, won the Wallace Berry Award from the Society of Music Theory in 1996. He has published extensively on Mozart, Beethoven, and Schubert, often tackling issues of aesthetics and poetic meaning.

The lecture will be December 7, 2016, at Elebash Recital Hall. Please stay posted for further details.