Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Still Fighting And Maiming After All These Years? What's An Artist To Do?

"[On June 2, 2009] Leonard Bernstein Scholar-in-Residence James M. Keller traces the relationship between composers and war over the centuries. This multimedia event features archival footage of Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic's 1959 tour to the Soviet Union.

Mr. Keller will be joined by Jonathan Rosenberg of Hunter College and CUNY Graduate Center - a specialist in the history of American cultural exchange - to explore how composers and musical organizations through history have supported, protested, or otherwise responded to climates of war and international conflict. There will be a special focus on the cultural, political, literary, and musical perspectives of Britten's War Requiem, which the [New York] Philharmonic will perform on June 11-13, 2009, led by Music Director Lorin Maazel."


Header photo credit: Kuroi ame author Masuji Ibuse. Copyright 1998-2009 S9 All rights reserved


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