Fall Conference 2013
Music and the Human Experience
November 15 – 16, 2013
Dudley H. Davis Center, University of Vermont
Welcome to Fall Conference 2013: Music and the Human Experience. In a series of lectures and performances that cut across historical periods and cultural traditions, award-winning scholars and musicians will both demonstrate and reflect on how music is fundamental to the human experience.
Music plays a powerful role in all societies. It expresses our most personal and profound feelings and binds us to both our neighbors and strangers alike. We are both soothed and energized by music. We worship with music; we go to war to music; we bury our dead to music. We are entertained by music, and with it we express our deepest beliefs.
This year’s conference will be held at the Dudley H. Davis Center at the University of Vermont. It begins with an optional Friday evening dinner, followed by Yale’s Henry L. and Lucy G. Moses Professor of Music Craig Wright speaking on how music engages both our intellects and our emotions. That opening talk will be followed by a reception.
Saturday morning’s plenary talk features Boston University’s Jeremy Yudkin on Mozart’s genius. Concurrent sessions by Eugene Uman of the Vermont Jazz Center on the historical development of jazz and its cross-cultural influences, and Bowdoin’s Mary Hunter on Arabic music will conclude the morning.
Saturday afternoon features two concurrent performance talks. Michael Arnowitt will focus on Stravinsky’s revolutionary Rite of Spring in its centennial year. Author and musician Stephen Wade will share his captivating research into the musical traditions of the American South and the people who sustain them.
Saturday’s program will conclude with Vanderbilt’s Michael Alec Rose examining what Beethoven and the Beatles have in common.
We hope to see you there!
About Fall Conference — An In-Depth Exploration of a Humanities Topic
Each year, the Vermont Humanities Council explores a humanities topic through its fall conference over two days in November.
Past topics have ranged from Sacred Spaces, Sacred Places: Religious Architecture and Sites, The Power of the Humanities and Comedy and Satire to Food for Thought to Delight and Wisdom: The Life and Poetry of Robert Frost to the Northern Civil War Home Front.
Past Fall Conference Topics