Academics

Frederick Loewe Symposium in American Music

October 26-30, 2015
University of Redlands, School of Music

Composer in Residence: Libby Larsen
Scholar in Residence: Patrick Warfield

Libby Larsen (b. 24 December 1950, Wilmington, Delaware) is one of America’s most performed living composers. She has created a catalogue of over 500 works spanning virtually every genre from intimate vocal and chamber music to massive orchestral works and over twelve operas. Grammy Award winning and widely recorded, including over fifty CDs of her work, she is constantly sought after for commissions and premieres by major artists, ensembles, and orchestras around the world, and has established a permanent place for her works in the concert repertory.

As a vigorous, articulate advocate for the music and musicians of our time, in 1973 Larsen co-founded the Minnesota Composers Forum, now the American Composer’s Forum. A former holder of the Papamarkou Chair at John W. Kluge Center of the Library of Congress, Larsen has also held residencies with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Charlotte Symphony, and the Colorado Symphony. Her career has been recognized with several awards including MIT’s McDermott award, the Peabody Award, and the American Academy’s Arts and Letters Award.

Patrick Warfield is an Associate Professor of Musicology at the University of Maryland where he also serves as Associate Director of the School of Music. His research focuses on the musical life of the late nineteenth-century United States. His publications have appeared in The Journal of the American Musicological Society, American Music, The Journal of the Society for American Music, and Nineteenth-Century Music Review. He is the editor of Six Marches by John Philip Sousa (in the series Music of the United States of America) and recently completed Making the March King, a biography of John Philip Sousa published by the University of Illinois press. Dr. Warfield is a founding member of the editorial board of The Journal of Music History Pedagogy, and is especially interested in the teaching of American popular music.

Keynote and Paper Panels: Thursday, October 29 and Friday, October 30

Thursday Afternoon (1:00-2:30 pm, WAT 103)

I. New Music and Its Audiences: Accessibility, Prestige, and Labels
Miki Kaneda (Boston University), "Patronage and Prestige: New Music and New Relevance"
Kerry Brunson (California State University, Long Beach), "The Politics of Accessible: Cultivating Repertoire with The Atlanta School of Composers"
William Robin (University of North Carolina), "Paying For and Playing With Indie-Classical"

Keynote (4:00-5:00pm, FLPH)

Patrick Warfield (University of Maryland), "What Was Old is New Again: Musicians Making a Living in the Nineteenth and Twenty-First Centuries"

Friday Morning (9:00-10:30am, WAT 113)

II. The Challenges of the Stage: Individuals, Collaborators, and Corporations
Elissa Harbert (Depauw University), "Coca-Cola, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, and the Business of Broadway"
Sasha Metcalf (University of California, Santa Barbara), "Funding 'Opera for the 80s and Beyond': The Role of Impresarios in Creating a New American Repertory"
Ryan Ebright (University of North Carolina), "Steve Reich's The Cave and the Challenges of Iconoclastic Opera"

Friday Afternoon (1:00-2:30pm, WAT 103)

III. New Music and New Americas: Institutions, Advisors, and Vision
Michael Uy (Harvard University), "The Recorded Anthology of American Music and the Rockefeller Foundation: Deliberating Commemoration in the Bicentennial Celebrations"
Eduardo Herrera (Rutgers University), "The Rockefeller Foundation and Latin American Music During the 1960s"
Monica Hershberger (Harvard University) and Caitlin Schmid (Harvard University), "In the Service of New Music: The Fromm Music Foundation and Its Legacy"

Loewe Symposium Preliminary Program and Abstracts


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