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The Many Dangers of Music: A Discussion with Richard Taruskin and Prof. Scott Burnham

Posted by on August 23, 2016 in Current Event, Lecture, News | Comments Off on The Many Dangers of Music: A Discussion with Richard Taruskin and Prof. Scott Burnham

Music in 21st-Century Society: Richard Taruskin: The Many Dangers of Music The 2016 Lloyd Old and Constance Old Lecture Wednesday, December 7 6:30 pm, Elebash Recital Hall Richard Taruskin, America’s public musicologist, applies his broad cultural analysis, wit, and humor to 21st-century classical music. As in his acclaimed book The Danger of Music, he provokes debate, asking, what is the artist’s relationship, and obligation, to society? He is the author of the six-volume Oxford History of Western Music and a regular contributor to the New...

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Billboard Picks Greil Marcus in Top 100 Books

Posted by on November 1, 2016 in News, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Billboard Picks Greil Marcus in Top 100 Books

Last month, Billboard published its list of the top 100 music books. The list includes everything from the lyrics to Hamilton to rock stars’ autobiographies and neuroscience. We were delighted to learn that last year’s guest, Greil Marcus, had his book Mystery Train chosen for the list–and in the impressive position of #6! Billboard writes, “[M]ore than three decades on, his first [book] remains the bible of rock criticism. Ostensibly an appreciation of a handful of musical misfits (Sly Stone, Randy Newman, The Band), it...

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New Shostakovich Book Review by Taruskin in NYT

Posted by on October 25, 2016 in Current Event, News | Comments Off on New Shostakovich Book Review by Taruskin in NYT

Sunday’s edition of The New York Times included a new article by Richard Taruskin, this year’s guest at the Lloyd Old and Constance Old lecture series. The article, which is part literary book review, part contextual history of the novel’s setting, has been stimulating the kind of pointed discussion that one has come to expect in Taruskin’s wake. It concerns the recent novel by Jeremy Barnes, The Noise of Time, which features a certain Dmitry Shostakovich as its protagonist. The novel (which you can learn more about in...

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Paul Griffith Featured in Music & Literature

Posted by on August 23, 2016 in News | Comments Off on Paul Griffith Featured in Music & Literature

Music & Literature, a journal for modern arts, has dedicated a portion of its current issue (volume 7) to author, music critic, and librettist Paul Griffith. Paul Griffith was the guest speaker for our Spring 2013 lecture. The issue features two extensive new interviews with Griffith and a substantial selection of his writing, nearly all of which is previously unpublished. You can purchase the issue directly from Music & Literature for only $20. Did you miss Griffith’s lecture for Music in 21st-Century Society? Watch...

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Claire Chase Performing at The Kitchen December 1-2

Posted by on August 23, 2016 in News | Comments Off on Claire Chase Performing at The Kitchen December 1-2

In further Lloyd Old and Constance Old lecture alumni news, Claire Chase, who moderated our Fall 2013 lecture with the one and only Phillip Glass, is returning to The Kitchen for two nights in December.  Chase is a MacArthur Fellow and an international force in modern flute music and performance. At her upcoming concert, she will be premiering five new works—including poems by Paul Griffith set for small choir by Richard Beaudoin. (Paul Griffith—remember him?) You won’t want to miss this diverse and exciting program. Visit the...

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Scruton Review in NY Review of Books

Posted by on April 27, 2016 in News | Comments Off on Scruton Review in NY Review of Books

The New York Review of Books recently published an engaging review of Roger Scruton’s new book, Fools, Frauds, and Firebrands: Thinkers of the New Left (Bloomsbury, 2016). The always provocative Scruton, as you will no doubt recall, was the guest speaker for the 2015 Lloyd Old and Constant Old lecture. He has written nearly fifty books, and the author of the review, Samuel Freeman, writes that Scruton is “after Richard Wollheim, the most significant British philosopher of aesthetics of the past fifty years.” Scruton’s...

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Music in 21st-Century Society Mentioned in NY Review of Books

Posted by on March 23, 2016 in News | Comments Off on Music in 21st-Century Society Mentioned in NY Review of Books

In the April 7, 2016 issue of the New York Review of Books, musicologist Robert Winter writes on the performance legacy of Charles Rosen in a review of The Complete Columbia and Epic Album Collection (new on Sony Classical). We were pleased to see that Music in 21st-Century Society (curated by Antoni Pizà) receives passing mention, in a paragraph on the sparse record of Rosen’s public appearances. To our great honor, Charles Rosen was the inaugural guest of the Lloyd Old and Constance Old lecture series. This lecture, on April 18, 2012,...

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2015 Lecture, “Walking Among Noise” Video

Posted by on October 20, 2015 in Lecture, News, Past Event | Comments Off on 2015 Lecture, “Walking Among Noise” Video

This year’s lecture with Roger Scruton was a wonderful success. We were turning away people at the door! Please check back with us next week for a full write up of the event and news of what is to come. In the mean time, for those who were unable to attend, video of the lecture is now available. Watch in good...

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2015 Lecture: Roger Scruton, with Greil Marcus

Posted by on August 14, 2015 in Lecture, News, Past Event | Comments Off on 2015 Lecture: Roger Scruton, with Greil Marcus

The speaker at this fall’s Lloyd Old and Constance Old Lecture is philosopher Roger Scruton. Scruton’s lecture will be followed by a response and interview with music journalist and current visiting professor Greil Marcus. “No time to rejoice for those who walk among noise and deny the voice” Ash Wednesday T. S. Eliot Walking Among Noise Tonality, Atonality, and Where We Go From Here Friday, October 16, 2015, 7:30pm Elebash Recital Hall The Graduate Center, CUNY 365 Fifth Ave, New York NY 10016 Taking a cue from Eliot’s famous line, Walking...

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Strings Attached: A conversation between David Harrington and Brooke Gladstone (VIDEO)

Posted by on November 11, 2014 in Lecture, News, Past Event | Comments Off on Strings Attached: A conversation between David Harrington and Brooke Gladstone (VIDEO)

On October 22, 2014, Kronos Quartet’s founder David Harrington joined with NPR’s Brooke Gladstone for a stimulating conversation about Kronos’s contributions to the modern string quartet. Harrington and Gladstone discussed Kronos’s origins in depth, including Harrington’s earliest influences and the state of the contemporary chamber music/quartet scene at the time Kronos was founded in 1973, as well as the legacy that Harrington and Kronos have left to the string quartet in the 21st century. The talk was a great...

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