Friday, September 28, 2018 5:15-6:15pm, Nevada Historical Society
The first concert the Reno Phil played featured music by iconic American composer George Gershwin, and we will open this season with a nod to that history by performing two works by Gershwin. The lecture will also explore Maurice Ravel’s influence on Gershwin, and why Ravel refused him as a student! Come find out more in this lecture presented by musicologists Dr. Mark Clague and Timothy Freeze.
There is no cost to attend this event.
ABOUT DR. MARK CLAGUE
Musicologist Mark Clague, Ph.D. serves as editor-in-chief of the George and Ira Gershwin Critical Editionand director of the University of Michigan’s Gershwin Initiative. The Reno Philharmonic gave the first professional test performance of his edition of George Gershwin’s orchestral tone poem An American in Parisin February 2016. The new edition has since been performed by the Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, National, and San Francisco symphonies. As part of the Gershwin Initiative, he teaches undergraduate and doctoral research seminars on the music of the Gershwins, most recently a class focusing on The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess.
A specialist in the music history of the United States, Clague holds faculty appointments in the departments of Musicology, Entrepreneurship and Leadership, American Culture, AfroAmerican and African Studies, and Non-Profit Management at the University of Michigan. He served as executive editor and is now co-editor-in-chief of the critical editions series Music of the United States of America, published by the American Musicological Society, and is chief advisor to the Music of Black Composers Series, a set of string teaching books being published by the Rachel Barton Pine Foundation. He has edited the music of Alton Augustus Adams, Sr., Dudley Buck, and Arturo Toscanini for the Star Spangled Music Foundation. He is currently writing the book O Say Can You Hear?: A Tuneful History of “The Star-Spangled Banner”for W.W. Norton.
Formerly a professional bassoonist with a background in jazz saxophone, he has performed with the Ann Arbor, Rockford (Illinois), Chicago Civic, Grant Park, and Chicago Symphony Orchestras. He is currently Interim Dean and Associate Dean of Academic and Student Affairs for the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre & Dance.
ABOUT TIM FREEZE
Freeze is Pocock Family Distinguished Visiting Professor at the College of Wooster in Ohio, where he teaches undergraduate courses on music and advises first-year students. Previously, he served on the faculties of the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University and IES Abroad in Vienna, Austria. He holds a Ph.D. in historical musicology from the University of Michigan and has held research fellowships from the Berlin Program for Advanced German European Studies, the German Academic Exchange Service, and the Fulbright Program.