Musicology Lecture Series

The Musicology Lecture Series brings exciting scholars-- both long-established and up-and-coming-- to campus. Past guests include Thomas Forrest Kelly (Harvard), Lydia Goehr (Columbia), and Susan Youens (Notre Dame).

All lectures are free and open to the public.

Upcoming Musicology Lectures

Ruby Friday (on a Tuesday): Alex Sopp
Tue, Sep 24, 12:00 PM
Rubenstein Arts Center, Ruby Lounge

Acclaimed New York-based flutist and interdisciplinary artist Alex Sopp's Instagram bio lends a glimpse into her genre-crossing practice and interests: "ymusic + paul simon + knights + now + flutes + paints + weirds + dress up." In residence through Duke Arts and the Department of Music...

The Millennial Discord: Generational Tensions in Early Modern Italy
Fri, Sep 27, 9:30 AM
Smith Warehouse, Ahmadieh Family Lecture Hall, Bay 4, C105

Join the Franklin Humanities Institute for its Friday morning series, tgiFHI! tgiFHI gives Duke faculty in the humanities, interpretative social sciences and arts the opportunity to present on their current research to interlocutors in their fields. A light breakfast will be served at 9am.About...

Music Lecture: Karen Desmond (Brandeis): "Torso: Piecing together the Fragmentary Remains of English Music from the late Middle Ages"
Fri, Sep 27, 4:00 PM
Biddle Music Building 101

Karen Desmond is Associate Professor of Music at Brandeis University. Her monograph "Music and the moderni, 1300-1350: The ars nova in Theory and Practice" (Cambridge University Press, 2018) challenges prevailing accounts of the ars nova. She has been the recipient an NEH Research Fellowship (...

Steven Feld: Voices of the Rainforest
Tue, Oct 15, 6:00 PM
Rubenstein Arts Center, Film Theater

"Voices of the Rainforest" is a seventy-minute, 4K image and 7.1 surround sound documentary about the ecological and aesthetic coevolution of Papua New Guinea's Bosavi rainforest region and its inhabitants. It is produced and directed by Steven Feld, who first began regular research visits to...

Music Lecture: Mark Burford (Reed College): "Mahalia Jackson, Bessie Smith, Marian Anderson, and the Legibility of Black Women's Voices"
Fri, Oct 18, 4:00 PM
Biddle Music Building 101

This talk focuses on gospel singer Mahalia Jackson's positioning in relation to two African American vocalists that she cited as influences but who are not often thought of in conjunction with each other: blues singer Bessie Smith and contralto Marian Anderson. Listeners were fond of noting...

Ethnomusicology Lecture: Scott Linford (CCM): "Exploiting Musical Resources: From Traditional to Popular Music in Southern Senegal"
Fri, Oct 25, 4:00 PM
Biddle Music Building 101

Scott Linford is Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology at the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music. A scholar, filmmaker and performing musician, Linford has conducted fieldwork in West Africa, Central America and the United States around themes of participation and musical...

Moderated Talk with cellist Joel Krosnick (Juilliard Quartet)
Fri, Nov 08, 4:00 PM
East Duke 201 - Nelson Music Room

As cellist in the Juilliard String Quartet from 1974 to 2016, Joel Krosnick has performed the great quartet literature throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia, and recorded it for the Sony Classical, Wergo, and CRI labels. He has also performed as a soloist and recitalist around...