In the 1950s, while the mainstream population swooned over the exoticism of calypso and other Caribbean music, Toronto’s small black and West Indian communities placed great importance on music as a means of transporting the culture of home to a new Canadian setting through a variety of special events.
Read more at the Torontoist.
Blues guitarist Tommy Bankhead rubbed shoulders with some of the genre’s royalty, from Howlin’ Wolf and Elmore James to Albert King and Sonny Boy Williamson. But visitors to the overgrown St. Louis cemetery where Bankhead was buried more than a decade ago would never know his musical legacy. Or his name. Read more at ctvnews.ca
Can a government swing? You know, the way a great jazz band does? Is it possible to find that magical balance between individual freedom and what’s good for the group? Dr. Wesley Watkins has a unique view of democracy — that at its best it’s got the tone and timbre of the best jazz ensembles, where there’s structure but there’s also plenty of room to solo. Learn more at ozy.com
Seattle Public Library has two upcoming events of interest to the UW Music community. The local Ladies Musical Club will be putting on performances of Chopin & Gershwin, Wednesday, January 8 from 12pm-1pm at the Central Library and a performance of songs by Strauss and Debussy and piano music by Piazzolla and Chopin, Sunday, January 12th from 3pm-4pm in the West Seattle Branch. Seattle Opera will be offering a preview lecture for their performance of Rigoletto. Preview lectures run from Thursday, January 2 through Thursday, January 9th. Check the Seattle Public Library calendar for a full listing of dates and times for these events.
Learning Communities are sponsored by the UW Center for Teaching & Learning and offer an informal space to discuss issues related to teaching with colleagues across disciplines. Learning Communities are open for anyone to join. Topics for Winter quarter include:
- ENGAGING STUDENTS IN LARGE CLASSES: HIGH TECH AND LOW TECH STRATEGIES
- DESIGNING AND TEACHING YOUR OWN COURSE
- NO STUDENT LEFT BEHIND: ACTIVE LEARNING IN DOCTORAL STUDENT CLASSES
To sign up to become part of a Learning Community or for more information on topics and meeting times, please see the Center for Teaching & Learning’s website.
Beneath the shimmering lights of a bar in western Beijing, a group of roughly two dozen retirees fell still under the baton of the 64-year-old choir conductor Li Xiaojin. With a flick of his wrist, Mr. Li sent the Beijing Founding Figures Group into a sonorous rendition of “Longing for the Red Army,” a well-known Communist revolutionary number. Read more at the New York Times
“We invite UW faculty, staff and students to present their Scholarship of Teaching and Learning work at the 2014 UW-Seattle Teaching and Learning Symposium – Tuesday, April 15th 2:00 – 4:30 at the HUB Ballroom.
The Symposium is designed for interactive presentations and discussion among participants. You are invited to present your work as a poster, and you are welcome to bring handouts or use other media that will help demonstrate your work.”
For the full story, please see the UW Center for Teaching & Learning’s website.
Those who are bothered by the idea that young Mainers may never have been exposed to a regional Maine accent might be cheered to hear that a pair of central Maine songwriters hope to buck the trend by injecting a strong dose of Maine-isms into the chorus rooms of schools across the state. Read more at the Portland Press-Herald.
“The goal of the New York Philharmonic’s digital archives is to make available all of the organization’s historical documents. Because creating such a comprehensive resource is no small task—the orchestra began operations in 1842—the philharmonic opted to start with a portion of its materials—specifically those from what the Web site labels the International Era (spanning 1942 to 1970). During this time the orchestra took its place as a premier ensemble in the world, just as the United States became a world power. It might be more apt to call this the Leonard Bernstein era since the chronology neatly bookends his debut with the group (in 1942) and his retirement as music director (in 1969). Of the more than 24,000 documents currently available, almost 4,000 are associated with Bernstein; this is considerably more than the 1,177 linked with Bernstein’s colleague Andre Kostelanetz, the conductor of the philharmonic’s popular concerts. For scholars who study Bernstein, then, this site provides an invaluable look at primary materials, although those who are more generally interested in the orchestra’s history will also find it worthwhile.”
For the full story, please see the Journal of American History.
Three hundred sixty-five. That’s the number of days the Minnesota Orchestra will have gone without playing in its concert hall in 2013. The orchestra became the unwitting poster child for labor strife in the classical music world — and, to some extent, an emblem of the problems facing non-profit arts institutions across the country. Learn more at npr.org