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Extending Cage's Legacy, Lecture in Music Theory

Event Date: 
Friday, March 29, 2013 - 1:30pm

GUEST SPEAKER: Rob Haskins, University of New Hampshire

TIME: 1:25pm

LOCATION: Bezanson Recital Hall, UMass Amherst campus

ABOUT THE LECTURE: Since the late 1980s, many scholars have wrestled with Cage’s ideas with varying results. The lecture will offer a provisional assessment of Cage's achievement, including both unjustified and justified criticism of that achievement by other scholars; it will point toward productive ways in which we can engage with and creatively extend Cage’s important legacy, using theater as the principal example.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Rob Haskins, Associate Professor of Music History at the University of New Hampshire, holds a D.M.A. in harpsichord and Ph.D. in musicology from the University of Rochester, Eastman School of Music. He specializes in American music in the second half of the twentieth century, especially the music of John Cage. He has presented papers on Cage in Germany, Canada, and the U.S. His most recent book is John Cage (Reaktion Books). He recorded for Mode Records and served as musical Director for Alarm Will Sound’s 2012 new production of John Cage’s Song Books at the Holland Festival Abrons and River to River Festival (New York)


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