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March 8, 2005

                                                                                   

“Waging Peace: Music in Time of War”

April 14-17, 2005

 

CUA Hosts Symposia April 11-16

To Celebrate Music as a Compelling Force

Of Expression in Wartime and Afterward

 

From April 11 to 16, The Catholic University of America presents its symposia of films and discussions about music in reaction to war and its power as a means of artistic expression. Coordinated by Grayson Wagstaff, CUA musicologist and associate professor, the symposia complement Catholic University’s 2005 President’s Concert — “Waging Peace: Music in Time of War” — to be performed over four evenings from April 14 through April 17.

 

“The symposia will examine artists’ reaction to war, cutting across different styles of music and at least 150 years of time,” says Wagstaff. “Musicians have long represented war in their works as a fascinating examination of cultural as well as musical history.”

 

For more information about the symposia or concert, visit: http://publicaffairs.cua.edu/news/05WagingPeaceOnlineResources.htm or call 202-319-5416. The symposia are free and open to the public. CUA is located at 620 Michigan Ave., N.E., Washington, D.C.

 

Monday, April 11

4 p.m., Roundtable: “Britten, Shostakovich and the Cold War”

Denise Gallo, musicologist and senior music specialist, Library of Congress, will discuss “ ‘Dulce et decorum est’: Wilfred Owen and Benjamin Britten on War.” Patrick McCreless, professor and chair, Department of Music, Yale University, will discuss “Shostakovich’s Turn to Chamber Music, 1938-1946.”

            John Paul Hall, Ward Hall, Catholic University

           

Tuesday, April 12

7:30 p.m., Film Screening: “Taking Sides”

The 2001 movie by director István Szabó is based on the life of Wilhelm Furtwangler, the renowned conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic who was investigated as part of the Allies’ de-Nazification program after World War II.

Herzfeld Auditorium, Hannan Hall, Catholic University

 

Wednesday, April 13   

7:30 p.m., Film Screening: “Stage Door Canteen”

Directed by Frank Borzage, the 1943 film tells the story of “Dakota,” a young soldier on leave in New York City who visits the famed Stage Door Canteen, where film and theater stars host a recreational center for servicemen during World War II.

Herzfeld Auditorium, Hannan Hall, Catholic University

 

Thursday, April 14

6 p.m., Pre-Concert Conversation: “Popular Music and Broadway: Reacting to War”

Grayson Wagstaff, associate professor of music, will moderate a discussion whose participants include Denise Gallo, musicologist and senior music specialist, Library of Congress; Deborah Lawrence, musicologist and guest professor, St. Mary’s College of Maryland; and Katherine Preston, musicologist and chair, Department of Music, College of William and Mary.

            Herzfeld Auditorium, Hannan Hall, Catholic University

 

Friday, April 15

6 p.m., Pre-Concert Conversation: “The Holocaust and the Atomic Bomb: Artistic Reactions”

Grayson Wagstaff, associate professor of music, will moderate a discussion whose participants 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.

            Herzfeld Auditorium, Hannan Hall, Catholic University

 

Saturday, April 16

6 p.m., Pre-Concert Conversation: “Chamber Music: The Intimate Reaction to War”

Grayson Wagstaff, associate professor of music, will moderate a discussion whose participants include Denise Gallo, musicologist and senior music specialist, Library of Congress; Andrew Simpson, composer and associate professor of music, Catholic University; and Daniel Zimmerman, musicologist and lecturer, School of Music, University of Maryland.

            Herzfeld Auditorium, Hannan Hall, Catholic University

 

MEDIA: To cover the symposia, contact Chris Harrison or Katie Lee in the Office of Public

             Affairs at 202-319-5600.

 

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