New Memoir by Diane Thome

Diane Thome has released her memoir, “Palaces of Memory” with Friesenpress Publishing.

“Palaces of Memory is the story of a pioneer in the music world – the first woman to graduate from Princeton University with a PhD in Music and the first woman to compose computer-synthesized music. Much has been written about Dr. Thome, now professor emerita and former chair of the composition program at the University of Washington School of Music. But this is Diane Thome’s highly personal story about her lifelong journey in music.”

For more information, please see the Friesenpress website.  Watch for a copy of this newly released memoir to be added to the Music Library collection soon!

How National Symphony targets young audiences: With driving electronica

It’s rare for an orchestra to devote a whole performance to works by a single composer — even rarer for that composer to be living, and onstage. Mason Bates, the Kennedy Center’s composer-in-residence, was the focus of the second concert in the National Symphony Orchestra’s new “Declassified” series, which offers a shorter, late-night performance of music that specifically, earnestly and even a little desperately targets a younger generation. Read the article at the Washington Post.

Asking Whether Copland’s Abstruse Works are the Exception or the Rule

When Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic visited “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” last month, it was only natural that they performed Aaron Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man” (1942). Is there any work more emblematic of the dean of American music than the stirring “Fanfare,” which Mr. Colbert called “one of the most powerful American melodies”?  Read the article at the New York Times.

2016 Teaching & Learning Symposium program

The UW Teaching & Learning Symposium will be held on Tuesday, April 19, 2-4:30 in the UW HUB Ballroom. The UW Libraries is a proud co-sponsor of the event.

This year’s keynote highlights the scholarship of UW instructors — from three disciplines and three campuses — who use race and equity to inform their teaching and research.

Here’s the Symposium schedule:

  • 2:00 – 2:05 Opening remarks
  • 2:05 – 2:50 Poster session #1
  • 2:50 – 3:00 Welcome
  • 3:00 – 3:45 Keynote
  • 3:45 – 4:30 Poster session #2

More information can be read here. Come out and learn more about the teaching and learning practices happening across all three campuses.

Vanishing Languages, Reincarnated as Music

The Unesco Atlas of the World’s Languages in Danger is a melancholy document, charting the 3,000 or so languages that experts predict will vanish by the end of this century. For the most part, ethnographers and linguists are helpless in the face of the gradual erasure of collective memory that goes along with this loss of linguistic diversity. Time to call in the composers?  Read the article at the New York Times.