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2018-19 Thinking About Music Lecture Series

1:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21
• The Joseph and Frances Jones Poetker Thinking About Music Lecture Series •
MUSICAL TEMPO AT THE CLOSE OF THE LONG 19TH CENTURY
Leslie Blasius, University of Wisconsin
In a recent study, Roger Grant excavates the supercession of Renaissance mensuration by the measure in the concerted music of the 17th and 18th centuries. Key to this is an abstraction, the early-modern conception of measure as constituted a coordinated system of isynchronous pulses. Balancing this abstraction is the notion that the measure creates rhythmic characters, joining specific meters to specific tempi. For Grant, the inherent contradiction in this tempo giusto system reaches a point of crisis in the early 19th century, when the combinatorial possibilities for joining meter and tempo overwhelm the conventional list of rhythmic topoi. Thus a further abstraction, the introduction of naturalised time in the form of the metronome. We might extend Grant’s argument, noting that naturalised time in the 19th century is itself balanced by the performative time of the tempo rubato. This, Blasius argues, gives rise by the close of the century to a new phenomenology of tempo, one predicated on the possibilities of mutable tempi, on a distinction between notated tempo and perceived velocity, and on the limit-case of the Durchgang, the breakthrough in which tempo itself is dissolved. 
Location: Baur Room
Admission: FREE
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1:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5
• The Joseph and Frances Jones Poetker Thinking About Music Lecture Series •
SCALES OF JUSTICE
Robert Clarida, Reitler Kailas and Rosenblatt, LLC
Judith Finell, Judith Finell MusicServices Inc.

This presentation focuses on the recent high-profile litigation between the Marvin Gaye estate and songwriters Pharell Williams and Robin Thicke over their hit song Blurred Lines, and the ways in which it has (and has not) changed the landscape of music litigation, specifically with regard to the standard of substantial similarity.
Location: Baur Room
Admission: FREE
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1:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26
• The Joseph and Frances Jones Poetker Thinking About Music Lecture Series •
MAHLER, BERNSTEIN AND JEWISH IDENTITY
Matthew Mugmon, University of Arizona
Location: Albino Gorno Memorial CCM Library, UC's Blegen Library, 4th floor
Admission: FREE
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1:30 p.m. Friday, March 29
• The Joseph and Frances Jones Poetker Thinking About Music Lecture Series •
FRAUGHT ADJACENCIES: THE POLITICS OF GERMAN ELECTRONIC MUSIC
Jennifer Iverson, University of Chicago
Electronic music has been understood as continuing the aesthetic progress of Western art music — and yet, electronic studios are heterogeneous, blending technologies and personnel from science, military engineering, radio and “low art.” In this talk, three vignettes illuminate the network that embeds German electronic music from the 1920s through the 1960s.
Location: Baur Room
Admission: FREE
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1:30 p.m. Friday, April 5
• The Joseph and Frances Jones Poetker Thinking About Music Lecture Series •
WE INSIST: MAX ROACH'S FREEDOM NOW SUITE
Stephanie Shonekan University of Massachussetts, Amherst

Location: Baur Room
Admission: FREE
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1:30 p.m. Friday, April 12
• The Joseph and Frances Jones Poetker Thinking About Music Lecture Series •
FOLK MUSICIANS AND THE TRADITIONAL THEATER OF UTTARAKHAND, INDIA
Datta Ram Purohit, Hemwati nandan Bahuguna Garhwal University

Location: Baur Room
Admission: FREE
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2018-19 Concerts

8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2
A VIEW FROM THE EDGE
A showcase of music by CCM student composers.
Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19
MIDWEST COMPOSERS SYMPOSIUM: OPENING CONCERT
CCM Wind Symphony, CCM Chorale and CCM Chamber Orchestra
Kevin Michael Holzman, Aik Khai Pung and Brett Scott, music directors and conductors 

Premiere performances of winning compositions entered into the Midwest Composers Symposium, representing works of students from CCM, Indiana University, University of Iowa and University of Michigan.
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Admission: FREE
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10 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20
MIDWEST COMPOSERS SYMPOSIUM: PARTICIPANTS CONCERTS
Location
: Cohen Family Studio Theater

Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20
SONIC EXPLORATIONS
Mara Helmuth, music director
Featuring an evening of electroacoustic and computer music by CCM students, faculty and guests.
Location
: Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27
A VIEW FROM THE EDGE
A showcase of music by CCM student composers.
Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12
A VIEW FROM THE EDGE

A showcase of music by CCM student composers.
Location:
Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission:
FREE
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8 p.m. Tuesday, April 2
A VIEW FROM THE EDGE
A showcase of music by CCM student composers.
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Tuesday, April 9
SONIC EXPLORATIONS
Mara Helmuth, music director

Featuring an evening of electroacoustic and computer music by CCM students, faculty and guests.
Location:
Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission:
FREE
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