Music Between Nature and Architecture

About the Lecture

Since at least the early 19th century, how we hear and understand music has been linked to our views of nature and the built environment. Join us as President Botstein charts these parallel developments. He will explore the work of composers — among them Mendelssohn, Mahler, Sibelius, and Stravinsky — and compare their music to the work of the architects Schinkel, Wright, Saarinen, and Le Corbusier.

A discussion session will be held the following day on April 27 at 4 p.m. at the Stanford Humanities Center.

About the Speaker

Leon Botstein has been president of Bard College since 1975. He received his B.A. degree with special honors in history from the University of Chicago and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in European history from Harvard. The author of Jefferson's Children: Education and the Promise of American Culture, he has been a pioneer in linking American higher education with public secondary schools. Dr. Botstein has been the music director of the American Symphony Orchestra since 1992 and was appointed the music director of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, the orchestra of the Israel Broadcast Authority, in 2003. He is the founder and an artistic director of the Bard Music Festival, now in its twenty-first year. A member of the American Philosophical Society, Dr. Botstein has received the Carnegie Corporation Academic Leadership Award, the Award for Distinguished Service to the Arts from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Harvard University's Centennial Award, and the Austrian Cross of Honour for Science and Art.

About the Lecture Series

The Stanford Presidential and Endowed Lecture Series in the Humanities and Arts brings the most distinguished scholars, artists, and critics of our time to the Stanford University campus for lectures, seminars, panel discussions, and a variety of related interactions with faculty, students, and the community at large.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011. 6:00 PM.
Approximate duration of 1.5 hour(s).
Cubberley Auditorium, School of Education, 485 Lasuen Mall, Stanford University (Map)
General Public
Lecture / Reading
Stanford Humanities Center

Free and open to the public


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