Wednesday@Noon Lecture by Paul Laird. Songfest: Leonard Bernstein’s Monument to American Diversity

Department of Music
Wednesday@Noon Lecture

Paul Laird, University of Kansas
Lecture on Leonard Bernstein in honor of 100th anniversary of his birth
Songfest:  Leonard Bernstein’s Monument to American Diversity
Walter Clark, coordinator
This presentation considers the creation of Leonard Bernstein's Songfest (1977), the composer's bicentennial work for the concert hall that includes twelve settings of thirteen poems by some of America's finest poets. Through study of compositional notes and sketches, Laird traces Bernstein's compositional process and how the work mirrors his life at the time. Bernstein's choice of texts demonstrated his interest in calling attention to the Others in our midst, including poets and texts that highlight the roles of African Americans, Puerto Ricans, women, and gays, a prescient work from more than four decades ago.

October 10, 2018
Wednesday, 12:10 – 1:00 P.M.
Music Rehearsal Hall, ARTS 157

Paul Laird is Professor of Musicology at the University of Kansas, where he has taught since 1994. His research specialties include the life and music of Leonard Bernstein, the American musical theater, the Spanish villancico, and Baroque string instruments. He is the author of numerous books, book chapters, and articles and has presented his research or taught at many conferences and universities in the United States, United Kingdom, Spain, and Ecuador. He has written four books on Leonard Bernstein: Leonard Bernstein: A Guide to Research (2002), The Chichester Psalms of Leonard Bernstein (2010), Leonard Bernstein: A Research and Information Guide (second edition with Hsun Lin, 2015), and the biography Leonard Bernstein (2018) released in the Critical Lives Series from Reaktion Books. In addition, Laird has edited three editions of The Cambridge Companion to the Musical with William A. Everett, co-written with Everett two editions of the Historical Dictionary of the Broadway Musical, written two books on the works of Stephen Schwartz, and other books.

Free and open to the campus
Information: (951) 827-3245
• The Wednesday@Noon Series offers concerts, lectures, and presentations of academic research by Department of Music faculty, postdoctoral researchers, students, and international guest artists and scholars. Ian Dicke, coordinator.


Wednesday, October 10 at 12:10pm to 1:00pm

Arts Building, Music Rehearsal Hall, ARTS 157
Arts Building, Riverside, CA 92507

Event Type

Arts, Music & Concerts, Lectures & Presentations


Faculty & Staff, Graduate Students, Undergraduate Students, Transfer Students


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