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“Waging Peace: Music in Time of War”

Symposia Event: April 15, 2005


WHAT:             Pre-Concert Conversation: “The Holocaust and the Atomic Bomb: Artistic Reactions”


WHEN:             6 p.m., Friday, April 15


WHERE:           The Catholic University of America

                        Hannan Hall, Herzfeld Auditorium

                        620 Michigan Ave., N.E.

                        Washington, D.C.


DETAILS:         Grayson Wagstaff, CUA musicologist and associate professor, will lead a

discussion about musical scores related to the Holocaust and the bombing of

Hiroshima, just prior to the second performance of CUA’s 2005 President’s

Concert. Participants in the conversation, titled “The Holocaust and the Atomic

Bomb: Artistic Reactions,” include Karen Ahlquist, musicologist and associate professor, George Washington University; Peter J. Kuznick, historian, associate professor and director, Nuclear Studies Institute, American University; Deborah Lawrence, musicologist and guest professor, St. Mary’s College of Maryland; and Bret Werb, musicologist, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.


During the conversation, the participants will talk about their specific areas of

interest as they relate to the repertory for that evening’s concert: Ahlquist, music

in the United States and cultural references in Western music; Kuznick, the

history of nuclear war and the peace movement; Lawrence, the music of Górecki

and multiple interpretations of his works; and Werb, music related to the



From April 11 to 16, Catholic University presents symposia that celebrate the        

creation of music in reaction to war and its power as a means of artistic

expression. The symposia complement CUA’s 2005 President’s Concert —

“Waging Peace: Music in Time of War” — to be performed over four evenings

from April 14 to 17.


All the symposia events are free and open to the public. For more information

about the symposia or concert, visit: http://publicaffairs.cua.edu/news/05WagingPeaceOnlineResources.htm or call 202-319-5416.


MEDIA:             The media is invited to attend the symposia. For more information, contact Chris

Harrison or Katie Lee in the Office of Public Affairs at 202-319-5600.





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