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Music Graduate Colloquium: Lecture Recital: Renee MacKenzie

Friday, December 8, 2017
3:30 pm
Music Building (MB)
Room: von Kuster Hall
Graduate Colloquium

Presented by Graduate Studies in Music, the Don Wright Faculty of Music Graduate Colloquium series includes lectures and lecture recitals by distinguished guests, Western faculty members, and senior graduate students on all fields of research and creative activity in music.

Lecture Recital: Renee MacKenzie (Western University, DMA Candidate)
“Rachmaninoff’s Piano Works and Diasporic Identity: Compositional Revision and Discourse in Sonata No. 2"

While Rachmaninoff had already achieved popularity during the 1890s as a distinctively Russian musician, following the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution and his exile, Rachmaninoff’s performance career played an important role in the creation of a narrative and set of tropes representing “Russian diaspora.” Intriguingly, much of Rachmaninoff’s post-1917 compositional activity centred on revising certain pre-1917 works. Following Pierre Bourdieu’s conception of “cultural capital,” an examination of the historical context, formal analysis, and written discourse of these revisions point to an economy of “diasporic capital.” Piano Sonata No. 2’s revisions, and other of Rachmaninoff’s post-1917 revisions, served as the focal point for a discourse of diasporic capital that continues to inform how we think about Rachmaninoff’s music.

This public concert represents a component of this performer's DMA degree in Performance at the Don Wright Faculty of Music.

Studio teacher: Stephan Sylvestre

All Colloquium series events take place on selected Fridays in Talbot College 101 at 3:30 pm. (unless otherwise noted).

Admission is free, and all are welcome to attend!

Audrey Yardley-Jones - Graduate Program Assistant
519-661-2111 ext. 85654

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