“The very first people to hear or see any part of Brahms’s Fourth Symphony in 1885 had some surprisingly heretical things to say about the piece. Brahms and a friend played through the symphony on the piano to a group of his closest confidants, critics and collaborators, but the reaction was one of those devastatingly uncomfortable silences. Eduard Hanslick, Brahms’s critical champion, broke the uneasy atmosphere after the first movement with the unforgettable comment, “I feel I’ve just been beaten up by two terribly intelligent people”. As Brahms’s biographer Jan Swafford reveals, another friend, the writer Max Kalbeck, turned up at Brahms’s apartment the next day to recommend that the composer should not release the piece to the public in its current form. Instead, he suggested, he should keep the finale as a stand-alone piece, and replace both the slow movement and the scherzo. Riven by self-doubt, Brahms was unsure that he would allow the piece to have any life beyond its premiere in Meiningen that October. Only the work’s positive reception there, and the gradual, grudging change in his friends’ attitude to the piece at its Viennese premiere, convinced Brahms that the Fourth Symphony could survive.”
For the full story, please see The Guardian.
“Today marks 100 years since was born — or, as the musician might have put it, since he arrived on Earth. An influential jazz composer, keyboardist and bandleader, Sun Ra always insisted he was just visiting this planet.”
For the full story, please see NPR.org.
“Next week, in New Orleans, 240 students will graduate from Edna Karr High School, including 16 members of the marching band. The band is considered a rising star in a city that treasures music. To play in Edna Karr High School’s band is to be somebody, at least within the hallways of the school. But being in the band doesn’t just make you popular; it offers a pathway to college — high stakes for poor kids.”
Read the full story at NPR.org.
“The clue’s in the title, surely: Janáček’s Sinfonietta is precisely that; an orchestral divertissement and an occasional entertainment rather than an actual “symphony”. If you think that a piece that begins and ends with a phalanx of military fanfares, performed by an additional ensemble of 13 brass players - including nine trumpets – can’t possibly be taken seriously as one of the 20th century’s most compelling symphonies, then look away now. But I’m here to make the case for Janâček’s work (one of his final masterpieces, premiered in 1926, two years before his death) as the product of a unique approach to symphonic form, for the 1920s – or indeed for any other time.”
For the full story, please see The Guardian.
Based on feedback from our recent In Library Use Survey, the Music Library is currently re-evaluating the location of the downstairs printer. Make your voice heard! Vote on whether you would like to keep the printer in its current location of the Listening Center (room 19) next to the computers or if you would like to move the printer next to the scanner in room 15. Voting closes Monday, May 26th. The upstairs printer will remain in its current location.
Check out the latest opportunities available through the Center for Teaching & Learning!
Designing and Grading Assignments for International Students, English Language Learners, and Everyone Else
Friday: 5/16 | 9:30 — 11:00 a.m. | Gerberding Hall, Suite 100
Join us for the last discussion of our conversation series on designing and managing writing assignments in a range of disciplines and classroom environments, with an emphasis on working with multilingual student writing. The topic for this Friday is using group work and peer review to improve student writing.
Please register for this discussion at: https://catalyst.uw.edu/webq/survey/ctllc/232409
CTL will host two Learning Communities this Summer Quarter
Both communities are open to faculty, graduate students, and staff educators.
For full descriptions, when and where the Learning Communities take place, and registration, please go to the CTL Learning Communities web page.
On Friday, May 16, more than 1,100 University of Washington undergraduates will participate in the 17th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium—an event that might well be the country’s largest “show and tell” for undergraduate research. The Symposium takes place from 11 a.m.–6 p.m. in Mary Gates Hall; select oral presentations will happen in Johnson Hall and visual arts and design presentations will be in Odegaard Undergraduate Library.
For more information, please see the Undergraduate Research Symposium.
Friday, June 6 | 12:30–1:30pm | Gerberding 100
How do we best engage all students with different learning styles? According to the principles of brain-based learning, research has found that students are more likely to learn by promoting a combination of visual, tactile, and auditory techniques. This workshop will provide practical, research-based applications and interactive activities to engage all students in the learning process. Please join us for this fun and experiential workshop!
Facilitators: Mary Edwards (Social Work), and Rachel Wright (Social Work)
For more information, please see the First Fridays website.
“The issue that will be addressed during this workshop is how to overcome the contrast between audiovisual material being a steadily increasing body of data and the fact that it is relatively poorly represented in the field of the Digital Humanities. When considering the available DH tools, projects and publications it is clear that sources such as television, film, photos and oral history recordings have not yet received the same level of attention from scholars as written sources. This can be considered as problematic in the light of the expected exponential growth in volume of audiovisual sources and of the abundance of information for researches contained in this type of data that is largely overlooked. One can envision how a single document could satisfy the needs of various disciplines if tools would be available to identify, retrieve and analyse the various dimensions of a video-recording such as language, emotions, speech acts, narrative plots and references to people, places and events. This richness not only holds the promise of multidisciplinary collaboration between e.g., computer sciences, social sciences and the humanities, but also makes audiovisual material a potentially valuable playground for the Digital Humanities.”
This workshop will be held at Digital Humanities 2014 (7–11 July, Lausanne, Switzerland). Registration for the workshop requires registration through DH2014. For more info see http://dh2014.org/.
For more information, please see the conference website.
Tuesday, May 13, 2014 | 4:00–5:30 p.m. | OUGL 220
Join us for 5-minute lightning talks from six Technology Teaching Fellows who transformed traditional courses to hybrid or online courses. Departments represented include Chemistry, Philosophy, Earth and Space Sciences, American Indian Studies and Colleges of Education and the Environment.
Pre-registration is required. Details and how to register can be found at: http://www.washington.edu/teaching/enlightning-talks/