What do these images have in common ?
They all played a role in the talk that Alex Ross, Music Critic for the New Yorker magazine, gave to the music majors (and friends) at the Peck School of the Arts at noon on Friday, 16 November 2012.
As part of the PSOA's Year of the Arts
celebration, the Department of Music's Musicology & Ethnomusicology program brought Mr. Ross in for two events.
His noon-time talk, based on the 3rd chapter of his book Listen to This called "Chacona, Lamento, Walking Blues," traces the roots of music history through bass lines from Ockeghem to Led Zeppelin, passing through Monteverdi, Dowland, Purcell, Bach, Beethoven, Willie Brown, Dylan, the Beatles, and the Eagles (and more!!)
The crowd listened intently...
On Thursday, 15th November he spoke to an even larger crowd in the fourth floor conference center of UWM's Golda Meir Library. The topic for this talk was the "different roles of music critics and scholars" and it was co-hosted by the American Geographical Society Library.
Alex was introduced by Judith Kuhn, PhD, UWM Lecturer in Musicology and coordinator of the mini-residency.
A few photos of the crowd.
The Graduate Students in Music Librarianship were in attendance.
He signed a few books and talked to people for a while after.
A small group of graduate students and faculty spent a little time with him in a more relaxed atmosphere at the end of the evening.
For more information about Alex Ross, you should visit his blog The Rest is Noise and/or read his column in the New Yorker and his books The Rest is Noise and Listen to This.