London conference to examine orchestra’s cultural role

Posted on: March 26, 2010

The University of London’s Institute of Musical Research has opened registration for “The Symphony Orchestra as Cultural Phenomenon,” an academic conference set to take place from July 1 to 3 in London. Taking as its inspiration Edward Elgar’s description of the symphony orchestra as “the mighty engine, the vehicle of the highest form of art ever known to the world,” the conference will cover topics from digital technologies and women’s orchestras to the representation of orchestras in literature and film. Speakers will include James Dillon (University of Minnesota), Tina K. Ramnarine (Royal Holloway College, University of London), David C. H. Wright (Royal College of Music, London), Emile Wennekes (Utrecht University, the Netherlands), and Kathryn McDowell (managing director, London Symphony Orchestra). A registration form and detailed program of events are available here http://music.sas.ac.uk/imr-events/imr-conferences-colloquia-performance-events/the-symphony-orchestra-as-cultural-phenomenon.html#c1420. The Institute of Musical Research was established in 2005 to encourage an interdisciplinary approach to music scholarship; other upcoming events include “Erik Satie: His Music, the Visual Arts, His Legacy” (April 16) and “Art Musics of Israel: Identities, Ideologies, Influences” (March 28-31, 2011).

Posted March 26, 2010