Lecture Series

Lecture: R. Anderson Sutton on Fusion Music and Contemporary Korean Cultural Identity

The notion of cultural purity is demonstrably a myth, as any careful historical analysis of cultural expression anywhere in the world can reveal multiple origins, blends, syncretisms, hybridities that are the inevitable result of human contact.  Yet in Korea, as in many countries around the globe, some forms of cultural expression have come to be recognized as “pure” or “authentic” indigenous forms, often celebrated in official discourse as invaluable assets, to be nurtured and preserved against the perceived onslaught of foreign mixture and “pollution.”  Korean official discourse on the ar

Daniel Goldmark on "Pixar and the Sounds of Nostalgia"

While Disney has long dominated animation, its supremacy has been challenged of late by Pixar, its greatest competitor (and now subsidiary). Among the many things that puts Pixar ahead is a very holistic approach to creating the world of the cartoon, both visually and sonically. Combining unusually nuanced attention to the soundtrack with a particular longing for bygone eras of popular culture, the Pixar films show that animated films can be made with as much care and precision as live-action films.

Lecture: “A Day in the Life”: The Beatles and the BBC, 1967

Gordon Thompson, Professor of Music at Skidmore College

In May 1967, the Beatles unveiled their landmark album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band on the same day that British newspapers carried the BBC announcement that the band would represent the United Kingdom in the world’s first global television broadcast.  Simultaneously, internal correspondence at the BBC reveals that censors had reached a decision to ban the recording, “A Day in the Life” believing that the song promoted drug use.

Lecture: Steven Stucky, 2011–12 PSO Composer of the Year

Steven Stucky, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's 2011–12 Composer of the Year, will discuss his works during a free lecture at Pitt's Department of Music. Stucky is the recipient of numerous commissions from orchestras, performing groups, individuals, and foundations both at home and abroad. The New York Times called the Second Concerto for Orchestra, commissioned and premiered in 2004 by the Los Angeles Philharmonic,