Lineup for “To Be Musical” Lecture Series
What makes music musical? Why is music such a potent form of expression? And how does the human brain respond to music? A series of talks by UC San Diego faculty will answer these questions and more in the free lectures series “The Making of the Modern World: To Be Musical,” to be held Jan. 9 to Feb. 27.
The first talk on Jan. 9 from UC San Diego music professor Steven Schick will focus on “The Beginnings of Contemporary Percussion Music.” The series will conclude Feb. 27 with a lecture on “Musical Illusions, Perfect Pitch, and Other Curiosities” by UC San Diego psychology professor Diana Deutsch.
The series of lectures is an extension of Eleanor Roosevelt College’s Making of the Modern World multi-course general education sequence. The academic program is designed to provide the college’s undergraduate students with a broad, global overview of the past, from the emergence of the human species to the contemporary world.
“The purpose of the series is to highlight some of UC San Diego’s greatest treasures: its extraordinary teachers, artists and scholars,” said Alan Houston, Eleanor Roosevelt College provost. “This year we’re focusing on what it means to be musical because music is an exceptionally rich and powerful form of expression. How artists select and interpret music and how the audience listens are topics that help us better understand why music is such an important feature of human life.”
The presentations are a follow-up to last year’s “To Be Human” lecture series, which was held in the Great Hall of International House and was very popular among faculty, staff, alumni and community members.
“Public response has been extraordinary,” said Houston. “We’re having the talks in the Conrad Prebys Music Center this year. What better place for these discussions and performances than UC San Diego’s world-class, state-of-the-art music facility?”
Tickets for the “To Be Musical” series are free, but registration is required. Tickets for each of the six talks have already been reserved; however there is a waitlist on the events’ registration site at: http://tobemusical.eventbrite.com.
The “To Be Musical” lectures will begin at 7 p.m. and take place Jan. 9 through Feb. 27 in the Conrad Prebys Music Center. Speakers and their programs include:
The six-part “To Be Musical” series will be broadcast on UCSD-TV, which will air the series the first Monday of each month beginning Feb. 4 and concluding June 3.
For more information, go to http://roosevelt.ucsd.edu/publicevents/.
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