2010-11 Dean's Lecture Series


2010-2011 Dean’s Lecture Series 
Tuesday, November 9, 2010 at 8 p.m.
Field Concert Hall, 1726 Locust Street, Philadelphia
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Paris: Between the Wars
A Discussion of the 2010-2011 All-School project


Lecture Notes

Dean John Mangan is pleased to announce the next lecture in the dean's series, which will feature Curtis faculty members.

Dr. Jeanne McGinn, The Ruth W. and A. Morris Williams Jr. Chair of the Liberal Arts, will offer an overview of the Curtis liberal arts curriculum and highlight specific courses that have been designed in support of the school-wide project. She will then focus attention on the course she is teaching, “American Writers in Paris,” and contextualize the contributions of expatriate writers and artists to the rising tide of literary Modernism. Readings will include samples from the extraordinary poems of H.D. and Ezra Pound as well as excerpts from the vivid prose of Stein, Fitzgerald, and Hemingway—words that travel to us in Philadelphia from the cafés and garrets of Paris, words written in a time of restless peace.

Dr. David Ludwig, Artistic Chair of Performance Studies and composition faculty, will discuss music of Paris between the Wars, focusing specifically on pieces to be performed on the Nov. 14th Curtis 20/21 concert at St. Mark’s Church. That concert will feature music of Les Six, a group of composers living in Paris who reacted strongly against German Romanticism. Rarely heard but influential composers from this group like Auric, Durey, and Tailleferre will be performed, as well as Les Six members who became major artists of the 20th century, including Milhaud, Honneger, and Poulenc. To round off the concert, Lili Boulanger’s haunting “Pie Jesu” will be played, as well as "Vogue au Large," a work by recent Curtis alumnus John B Hedges.

Ludwig will discuss how the music of Les Six was influenced by what came before it (in the work of Debussy and Wagner), and the music that surrounded it (in the Neo-Classicism of Stravinsky and the Jazz of café culture). Musical examples will be used to illuminate the work of these composers.

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