Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Symposia at Stanford

Email from composer Jonathan Berger arrived with details about the annual Music & the Brain symposium:

Dear Friends,
I'm very pleased to announce this year's symposium on Music and the Brain.
This year's topic is 'Music, Transcendence and Spirituality'.
I hope you will join us for this extraordinary cross-disciplinary exploration.
The symposium is free and open to the public.
For details see: https://ccrma.stanford.edu/events/matb/
Advance registration is NOT required - but spaces are available on a first-come-first-
serve basis.
All events take place on the CCRMA Stage. Tickets for the Tibetan music concert are
available from the Stanford Ticket Office.
With all best wishes -
- Jonathan

Jonathan Berger
The Denning Family Provostial Professor
Stanford University


And I was reminded that I should look up the not-annual Reactions to the Record symposium, which will indeed happen this year on the first weekend of April:


Reactions to the Record IV: Early Recordings, Musical Style, and the Future of Performance, April 3–5, 2014 at Stanford University explores scholarship and performance that engages the legacy of historical recordings with three days of presentations, concerts, panel discussions, demonstrations, and exhibits. The symposium is a dynamic forum combining research and practice with challenging perspectives on musical performance today.
Reactions to the Record highlights work in performance practice that engages historical recordings as vital source material. Central to this interest are performances inspired by historical models and efforts toward revival. Presentations in related areas include cultural studies in performance, methodologies of performance analysis, and performance in historical narrative.
The Stanford University Department of Music and Archive of Recorded Sound in conjunction with the Stanford Institute for Creativity and the Arts (now Stanford Arts Institute) convened the first Reactions to the Record symposium in 2007 as an interdisciplinary meeting of the world's finest scholars and performers interested in the legacy of historical recordings. The 2014 Reactions to the Record symposium will bring together presenters from a variety of institutions, including preeminent figures in performance scholarship.
Alas, I'll be doing jujitsu that weekend and can't attend, but you should!

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