Music Lecture: Thomas Forrest Kelly (Harvard University)
Friday, February 20, 2015 - 5:00pm
"Words, Music, and Image in the Medieval Exultet Rolls." *Lecture takes place in the Music Library Seminar Room in the Mary Duke Biddle Music Building.*
Thomas Forrest Kelly received his B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and spent two years on a Fulbright in France studying musicology, chant, and organ. He holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University with a dissertation on office tropes. He has taught at Wellesley, Smith, Amherst, and at Oberlin, where he directed the Historical Performance Program and served as acting Dean of the Conservatory. He is Morton B. Knafel Professor of Music at Harvard University. Professor Kelly's main fields of interest are chant and performance practice. He won the Otto Kinkeldey Award of the American Musicological Society for "The Beneventan Chant" (Cambridge University Press, 1989). Other books include "First Nights: Five Musical Premieres," (Yale University Press, 2000) and "First Nights at the Opera" (Yale, 2004). He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, an Honorary Citizen of the city of Benevento, and a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et Lettres of the French Republic.