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Library Colloquia Series: American Musicians and Soviet Music April 16 at 7 pm

Library Colloquia Series - Spring 2014

Free and open to the public.

FREE parking is available in stadium lot 62E on Red Cedar Road after 6:00pm. The Main Library is wheelchair accessible via the south entrance. Persons with disabilities may request accommodations by calling Susan Garmo at 517.884.6454 one week before an event. Requests received after that time will be met when possible.

American Musicians and Soviet Music

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
7:00 pm
North Conference Room (W449)

Presented by Dr. Kevin Bartig, College of Music

Cosponsored by Music in American Life

This presentation explores the activities of the American-Soviet Music Society and the Music Committee of the National Council on Soviet-American Friendship, two private, New-York-based groups that championed U.S.-Soviet musical exchange during and immediately following the Second World War. Scholars have given these groups scant attention, often dismissing them as diplomatically expedient byproducts of the U.S.-Soviet wartime alliance. Bartig shows, however, that these groups coalesced around cultural ties forged well before the war. Underlying these ties were conceptions of musical nationalism and universalism that linked the developments of Soviet and American art music, enhancing similarities and shared goals. These short-lived groups thus reveal much about the way American musicians viewed Soviet music before the advent of the Cold War, a time when difference and competition became the watchwords of an era.

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