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extensive new interviews with Griffith and a substantial selection of his writing, nearly all of which is previously unpublished.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 it here!
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 Kitchen’s website for further details. It may seem impossible to think about December already, but tickets for these nights are likely to sell out quickly, so buy early. They go on sale August 15 at 2pm for the low price of $15.
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 new book is about modern schools of political thought, rather than music or architecture, but his political ideologies are never far from his aesthetics. Scruton engages what he considers to be the foundations of society, as Freeman notes, and music is a part of our foundational cultural institutions. Click the link above to read Freeman’s thoughtful criticism.