Celebration of Witold Lutosławski Year

Thurs­day, Feb­ru­ary 27, 2014 — 7:00pm
Bre­chemin Auditorium
The UW Pol­ish Stud­ies Endow­ment Com­mit­tee joins the cel­e­bra­tion of Witold Lutosławski’s cen­te­nary and presents the life and music of the great Pol­ish com­poser.  Lutosławski, a pre-eminent Euro­pean artist of the 20th cen­tury, will be shown in a doc­u­men­tary made recently by two inter­na­tional experts on his music, Esa-Pekka Salo­nen and Steven Stucky, who took a trip to Poland to explore aspects of the artist’s life.  After the film, the rich Par­tita for Vio­lin and Piano will be per­formed by School of Music stu­dents Allion Abra­ham Sal­vador and Josh Archibald-Seiffer. Finally, acclaimed pianists Dr. Ivona Kamin­ska and Dr. Christo­pher Bowlby will per­form a peren­nial favorite — Lutosławski’s Vari­a­tions on a Theme by Paganini for Two Pianos.
Intro­duc­tion:  Prof. Huck Hodge
For more infor­ma­tion, please see the Slavic Lan­guage & Lit­er­a­tures’ website.

Praxis: Doing Scholarship Digitally; February 11th 12:30–1:15 Presentation Place, Research Commons, Allen Library South.

We’re All Ama­teurs Now”

Brian M. Reed (Pro­fes­sor of Eng­lish and Com­par­a­tive Lit­er­a­ture) will dis­cuss how dig­i­tal tools and access to social media out­lets have grad­u­ally trans­formed his sense of what con­sti­tutes research and schol­ar­ship in the human­i­ties. Why con­tinue to write books that sell (if you’re lucky) five hun­dred copies when a blog post or online open access arti­cle can reach many more peo­ple? If we aban­don print for born-digital projects, though, what are we los­ing and gain­ing? Do human­ists have to retrain and mas­ter com­puter pro­gram­ming, sta­tis­tics, and inter­face design? Do they have to blog, tweet, and oth­er­wise try to draw atten­tion to them­selves in an entre­pre­neur­ial fash­ion if they want to have an impact inside and out­side of the acad­emy? Will they learn to col­lab­o­rate more fre­quently with peo­ple in other fields than in the past? What chal­lenges and oppor­tu­ni­ties face human­ists as they try to pre­serve and curate hun­dreds of years of cul­tural arti­facts that are analog-based and, in many cases, swiftly dete­ri­o­rat­ing (cel­lu­loid film, video­tape, pre-digital pho­tog­ra­phy)? What stan­dards should we use to eval­u­ate new forms of schol­ar­ship and research?

5 Things You Need to Know About Opera Before This Super Bowl

Some peo­ple seem to have a prob­lem with the fact that there’s an opera singer singing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl. Peo­ple like this guy, (who’s he?) and this guy, who calls him­self a reporter and should know bet­ter. So here are sev­eral pieces of infor­ma­tion you should know about opera before you see Renee Flem­ing belt out the national anthem Sunday.”

Find out more at Huff­in­g­ton Post.

New Finding Aid to Mozart Vocal Music

The Uni­ver­sity of Wash­ing­ton Music Library is pleased to share the new find­ing aid for the Eric Offen­bacher col­lec­tion of Mozart vocal record­ings.  Record­ings in the Offen­bacher Mozart Col­lec­tion include Mozart oper­atic arias and ensem­bles, con­cert arias, lieder, and sacred music of Mozart.  This exten­sive col­lec­tion includes over 1500 record­ings on 78 and LP.  Offen­bacher, a col­lec­tor of Mozart record­ings and man­u­scripts, donated his record­ing col­lec­tion to the UW Music Library in 1978.  His man­u­scripts and book mate­ri­als became Har­vard University’s “Bib­lioteca Mozartiana Eric Offen­bacher.”  Spe­cial thanks to music librar­ian John Gibbs for his work orga­niz­ing and pre­serv­ing this impor­tant col­lec­tion and to Mark Carl­son for his assis­tance set­ting up the find­ing aid.

For a full list of Music Library spe­cial col­lec­tions, please see the Music Sub­ject Guide.

Join the Music Library Student Advisory Group

Do you use the Music Library or Music Library mate­ri­als?  Help us shape Music Library spaces and ser­vices by join­ing the Music Library Stu­dent Advi­sory Group (MLSAG).  The MLSAG meets quar­terly for an hour so the time com­mit­ment is low.  We’re look­ing for new under­grad­u­ate and grad­u­ate stu­dent mem­bers.  Inter­ested in join­ing?  Email Music Out­reach Ser­vices Librar­ian, Ver­letta Kern at vkern@uw.edu

Claudio Abbado, an Italian Conductor With a Global Reach, Is Dead at 80

Clau­dio Abbado, a con­duc­tor whose refined inter­pre­ta­tions of a large sym­phonic and oper­atic reper­tory won him the direc­tor­ships of sev­eral of the world’s most revered musi­cal insti­tu­tions — includ­ing La Scala, the Lon­don Sym­phony Orches­tra, the Vienna State Opera and the Berlin Phil­har­monic — died on Mon­day at his home in Bologna, Italy. He was 80.”

Read about Abbado’s life at the New York Times.

2014 Undergraduate Research Symposium — Application now open!

The appli­ca­tion for the 17th Annual UW Under­grad­u­ate Research Sym­po­sium is now open!  The Sym­po­sium will be held on May 16, 2014 in Mary Gates Hall.  Last year, more than 1,000 under­grad­u­ates participated.

To learn more and start an appli­ca­tion, visit the Under­grad­u­ate Research Sym­po­sium sec­tion of the URP web­site. All UW under­grad­u­ates involved in research are encour­aged to apply. The appli­ca­tion dead­line is Feb­ru­ary 24, 2014.

Inter­ested stu­dents are also encour­aged to attend one of our upcom­ing Sym­po­sium Info Ses­sions. When you are ready to apply, sign up for one of our Abstract Writ­ing Work­shops.

Not yet involved in research? Vol­un­teer or stop by on the day of the event to learn more about the research that UW under­grads are par­tic­i­pat­ing in, from projects in syn­thetic chem­istry to new ideas in the realm of dance.

If you have any ques­tions, con­tact urp@uw.edu.

New Digitized Scores

Did you know that the Music Library has part­nered with the Libraries’ Dig­i­tal Ini­tia­tives unit to dig­i­tize sev­eral of our rare musi­cal scores?  These scores are avail­able for brows­ing online.  The lat­est scores to be added to our online col­lec­tion include Lully Atys and a three vol­ume set of Rossini’s La pietra del paragone.  Find a full list of Music Library Spe­cial Col­lec­tions on our sub­ject guide under the Pri­mary Sources tab.