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The Joseph and Frances Jones Poetker Thinking About Music Lecture Series

Since its inception in January 1997, Thinking About Music has presented nearly 120 lectures and one symposium by guests from numerous different colleges, universities, schools of music, foundations, institutes, museums and publishing concerns. The subjects of the lectures have covered historical musicology, music theory and ethnomusicology, along with the ancillary fields of organology, dance, music business and law, cognitive psychology, and the philosophy, theology and sociology of music.

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Schedule: Spring 2018

2:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26
• The Joseph and Frances Jones Poetker Thinking About Music Lecture Series •
SONGS IN UNEXPECTED PLACES: CROSS-DISCIPLINARY APPROACHES TO MUSIC AND MOBILITY
Kate van Orden, Harvard University
Location:
Baur Room
Admission:
FREE
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2:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9
• The Joseph and Frances Jones Poetker Thinking About Music Lecture Series •
FINDING FLORENCE PRICE: ON ARCHIVES AND SPECTRAL LEGACIES
Douglas Shadle, Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University
Location:
Baur Room
Admission:
FREE
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CANCELLED 2:30 p.m. Friday, March 2
• The Joseph and Frances Jones Poetker Thinking About Music Lecture Series •
ANTHOLOGIZING ROCK AND ROLL: RHINO RECORDS AND THE REPACKAGING OF ROCK HISTORY
Daniel Goldmark, Case Western Reserve University
Location:
Baur Room
Admission:
FREE
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2:30 p.m. Friday, March 23
• The Joseph and Frances Jones Poetker Thinking About Music Lecture Series •
HOW DID CHROMATICISM BECOME AN ‘-ISM’?
Kyle Adams, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music

Exploring theories of chromaticism from classical antiquity through the early eighteenth century.
Location:
Baur Room
Admission:
FREE
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CANCELLED 2:30 p.m. Friday, March 30
• The Joseph and Frances Jones Poetker Thinking About Music Lecture Series •
FOLK MUSICIANS AND THE TRADITIONAL THEATER OF UTTARAKHAND, INDIA
Datta Ram Purohit, H.N.B. Garhwal University
Location:
Baur Room
Admission:
FREE
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Past Lectures: Spring-Fall 2017

2:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27
• The Joseph and Frances Jones Poetker Thinking About Music Lecture Series •
ARNOLD SCHOENBERG AND THE 1913 SCANDAL CONCERT
Joy H. Calico, Vanderbilt University
On March 31 of 1913, Arnold Schoenberg conducted a concert in the Great Hall of Vienna’s Musikverein, which became known as the city’s most notorious scandal concert. The event was broken up by a melee, charges were filed and the subsequent court proceedings were reported in the press. This lecture analyzes the ways in which both the scandal and Schoenberg’s response to it sit at the nexus of fin-de-siècle anxieties about Central European concert life, the anti-noise movement and emerging copyright law.
Location: Baur Room
Admission: FREE
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2:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10
• The Joseph and Frances Jones Poetker Thinking About Music Lecture Series •
STEPPING IN THE MADANG: SITE-SPECIFIC PERFORMANCE IN KOREAN DRUMMING AND DANCE
Donna Kwon, University of Kentucky

In Korean folk expressive culture, the outdoor village courtyard or madang is often conceived in opposition to the concert stage or mudae. In this presentation, Donna Kwon will discuss how the madang became central to the promotion of site-specific Korean drumming and dance. She will first discuss how this contributes to the expressive ecology of a place-based tradition in shamanist ritual forms of Korean drumming or p’ungmul. Then she will explore how the madang and site-specific performance concepts are applied by contemporary ch’angjak yeonhui groups. These groups consist of performers who are trained in Korean drumming and other traditional performing arts but who combine them into new works.
Location: Baur Room
Admission: FREE
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2:30 p.m. Friday, March 3
• The Joseph and Frances Jones Poetker Thinking About Music Lecture Series •
ELECTRIC BATON: SOUND, SCIENCE AND THE BIRTH OF THE PODIUM CONDUCTOR
Francesca Brittan, Case Western Reserve University
Hector Berlioz, among the first of the modern conductors, was a larger-than-life figure, at once magisterial, quasi-magical and military. Among the formative moments of his conducting career was a concert given at the height of the Exposition universelle (Paris, 1855), which established him as a musical leader of formidable power. Here he relied on a new wedding of music and technology — an “electric baton” — to wield the massive forces under his command. This talk examines the nature of his device and, more broadly, the ways in which telegraphy and electricity (both artificial and nervous) emerged as central to romantic notions of conducting.
Location: Baur Room
Admission: FREE
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2:30 p.m. Friday, Apr. 7
• The Joseph and Frances Jones Poetker Thinking About Music Lecture Series •
BERGMAN’S MUSIC(IANS): MIRROR AND MEANING
Per Broman, Bowling Green State University

Ingmar Bergman’s love of classical music, especially that of J.S. Bach, is well known and is exhibited frequently in his films. Many films also feature musicians. In this presentation, Broman will analyze the role of these characters — who they are, what they do, how they behave and what they talk about — and argue that they are essential for understanding Bergman’s aesthetics.
Location: Baur Room
Admission: FREE
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5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20
• The Joseph and Frances Jones Poetker Thinking About Music Lecture Series •
GAMELAN PERFORMANCE IN BRITAIN: ENCOUNTERS AND IMAGINARIES
Maria Mendonça, Kenyon College
The Indonesian gamelan – a predominantly bronze percussion ensemble comprised of gongs, metallophones and other instruments – has had a long entanglement with the discipline of ethnomusicology from its foundational moments to the present. But ethnomusicology is only one of several networks of circulation, including colonial administration, cultural diplomacy, educational ideology and prison rehabilitation, that have facilitated the movement and reinterpretation of the ensemble and its music outside of Indonesia. In this lecture, Maria Mendonça explores the ways in which the ensemble and its music has been reimagined and localized in Britain, drawing on her recent ethnographic film project Gamelan Encounters (2017).
Location: Baur Room
Admission: FREE
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2:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17
• The Joseph and Frances Jones Poetker Thinking About Music Lecture Series •
A WISDOM OF MUSIC
Scott Murphy, University of Kansas School of Music
Earlier this year, Harvard professor Mihir Desai published The Wisdom of Finance, which demonstrates how certain economic structures parallel humanity’s timeless struggles and aspirations as encoded in works of culture. One of those structures is the set of incommensurable preferences: citing Martha Nussbaum’s The Fragility of Goodness, Desai finds this set embedded in notions of what makes for a good life. In this talk, Murphy demonstrates that this set also undergirds many stylistic aspects of Western classical tonal music, in direct contradiction to a prevailing trend in music-theoretical research. From this perspective, defaults such as major-minor tonality and four-part textures emerge as solutions.
Location: Baur Room
Admission: FREE
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CCM Season Presenting Sponsor and Musical Theatre Program Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

CCM's Thinking About Music Series is sponsored by the Joseph and Frances Jones Poetker Fund of the Cambridge Charitable Foundation, Ritter & Randolph, LLC, Corporate Counsel; along with support from Interim Dean mcclung’s Office, the Graduate Student Association and the Division of Composition, Musicology and Theory at CCM.

Past Speakers (1996-97 through 2012-13)

  • Kofi Agawu 
  • Wye Jamison Allanbrook 
  • David Ake
  • Charles Atkinson
  • Joseph Auner 
  • Gage Averill 
  • Judith Becker
  • Gerard Behague 
  • Paul Berliner 
  • Philip Bohlman 
  • Graeme Boone
  • Gregory Booth 
  • James Borders
  • Karen Bottge 
  • Susan Boynton 
  • Candace Brower 
  • Malcolm Brown 
  • J. Peter Burkholder 
  • Scott Burnham 
  • Mellonee Burnim
  • L. Poundie Burstein
  • Allen Cadwallader 
  • Deborah Campana 
  • William Caplin 
  • Peter Cariani 
  • Anna Celenza 
  • Michael Cherlin 
  • Thomas Christensen 
  • Marcia J. Citron 
  • Robert Clarida 
  • Bastian Clevé
  • David Cohen 
  • Richard Cohn 
  • Vincent Colapietro 
  • Susan Cook 
  • Richard Crawford
  • Warren Darcy 
  • Beverly Diamond 
  • Walter Everett 
  • Yajoi Uno Everett 
  • Laurel Fay 
  • Steven Feld 
  • Martha Feldman 
  • Samuel A. Floyd, Jr.
  • Mary Frandsen 
  • Jane Fulcher 
  • Sarah Fuller 
  • Sander L. Gilman 
  • Robert O. Gjerdingen 
  • Beth Glixon 
  • Philip Gossett 
  • Taylor Greer 

 

  • Barbara Haggh 
  • Ethan Haimo 
  • Christopher Hasty
  • Robert Hatten 
  • Wendy Heller
  • James Hepokoski 
  • Dane Heuchemer 
  • Stephen Hinton 
  • Julian Hook 
  • Gretchen Horlacher
  • Roy Howat 
  • Mary Hunter 
  • David Huron
  • Brian Hyer 
  • Allan Keiler
  • Kay Knittel 
  • Nola Reed Knouse 
  • Lev Koblyakov
  • Kevin Korsyn
  • Ellen Koskoff 
  • Kim Kowalke 
  • Lawrence Kramer 
  • Richard Kramer
  • Joseph Kraus 
  • Harald Krebs 
  • Kenneth Kreitner 
  • Joel Lester 
  • Mary S. Lewis
  • Rebecca Leydon 
  • Laurence Libin 
  • David Lidov
  • Judith Lochhead 
  • Justin London
  • Hugh Macdonald
  • Patrick Macey
  • William P. Malm 
  • Rebecca Maloy 
  • Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis 
  • Michael Marissen 
  • Elizabeth West Marvin 
  • Guerino Mazzola 
  • David McAllester
  • Kerry McCarthy 
  • Andrew W. Mead
  • Honey Meconi 
  • Louise Meintjes 
  • Daniel Melamed 
  • Stefano Mengozzi 
  • Craig A. Monson 
  • Jairo Moreno 
  • Severine Neff 
  • Susan Neimoyer
  • Bruno Nettl
  • David Neumeyer
  • Edward Nowacki
  • Charles O. Nussbaum
  • Massimo Ossi
  • Leeman Perkins
  • Alejandro E. Planchart
  • Howard Pollack
  • Harold S. Powers
  • Guthrie Ramsey
  • Annie Randall
  • Annette Richards
  • Thomas L. Riis
  • Steven Rings
  • Jenefer Robinson
  • Alex Ross
  • Lee Rothfarb
  • William Rothstein
  • Lewis Rowell
  • Leonora Saavedra
  • Frank Samarotto
  • Janna Saslaw
  • Carl Schachter
  • Luitgard Schader
  • James Schmidt
  • Loren Schoenberg
  • Peter Schubert
  • Anthony Seeger
  • Peggy Seeger
  • Kay Shelemay
  • Hedi Siegel
  • Dennis Slavin
  • Charles Smith
  • Peter H. Smith
  • Ruth Solie
  • Mark Spicer
  • Rose Subotnik
  • Mark Swed
  • Richard Taruskin
  • Augusta Read Thomas
  • Jeff Titon
  • Anthony Tommasini
  • Leo Treitler
  • Thomas Turino
  • Michael von der Linn
  • Paul von Hippel
  • Bonnie Wade
  • Alan Walker
  • James Webster
  • Richard Will
  • Susan Youens
  • Steven Zohn
  • Lawrence Zbikowski
  • James Zychowicz