The Art of Performance

Fundamental issues in musical performance, examined through performing, comparative listening, readings, and discussion. In-class performance required. Prerequisites: Ability to read music and proficiency in instrumental or vocal performance. Consent of instructor required. One course.

Special Topics: Creation and Recreation

Students will examine a primary source material, Shakespeare's Othello, and trace the influence of interpretations in different media. How does the "language" of the medium affect our understanding of the text? We will examine different stage versions of the play, operas, a ballet, a Japanese Noh version, movies, and visual art inspired by Othello. There is a field trip to The American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, VA, to see a live play in a reproduction Elizabethan theater. Final project, no term paper.

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