The music history area presents a colloquium series beginning Friday, September 13, featuring many notable visiting guests, USC’s music history professors, and faculty from across the university. Speakers will offer presentations on a range of topics from 1980s British punk, Gospel and Mozart to 17th-century French theatrical culture and experimental music.
Several of this year’s speakers are presenting as part of the First-Year Music Experience (FME), a weekly forum where new music school students experience a broad range of musical genres and impacts, learn to think critically about them, and practice communicating their thoughts and ideas. The theme for this year’s class is connected to a university wide initiative: the 50th anniversary of desegregation at USC. Music History Colloquium speakers presenting during FME will engage in some way with the social relevance of music in a particular age.
The colloquium is also presenting events in conjunction with “CarolIndia: A Year-Long Celebration of India” including a lecture-demonstration and concert by Kumar Das and the Indian-Flamenco world music fusion band Inflame. Initiated by the Walker Institute in the College of Arts and Sciences, CarolIndia is a series of programming organized across the campus and spanning the 2013-2014 academic year designed to raise awareness of the growing importance of India.
Students, faculty and the public are invited to attend, and refreshments will be served following each event.