As the State of Israel marks its sixtieth anniversary in 2008, the University of Virginia Jewish Studies Program will be hosting a unique conference on music in Israel on Sunday April 13, 2008 and Monday, April 14, 2008.
This unprecedented gathering will feature leading Israeli, North American, and European scholars exploring music as a window into national identity, politics, religion, and culture. Alongside the academic sessions, the conference will also feature concert performances by Israeli musical legends Etti Ankri and Moussa Berlin as well as cellist Uri Vardi and the Charlottesville and University Symphony Orchestra.
Hearing Israel: Music, Culture and History at 60
University of Virginia
April 13-14, 2008
An international conference sponsored by the Jewish Studies Program at the University of Virginia. For full details, please visit the following page: http://www.virginia.edu/jewishstudies/music-conference.html
The academic conference sessions will run Sunday 9:00 AM ¬ 1:15 PM and Monday, 9:00 AM-6:15PM. The keynote address, ³Approaching the Music of Israel: Processes, Identities and Experiences,² will be given by Professor Edwin Seroussi, Emanuel Alexandre Professor of Musicology, Chairman of the Musicology Department and Director of the Jewish Music Research Center, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, along with presentations by Nissim Calderon (Ben Gurion University), Motti Regev (Open University of Israel), Benjamin
Brinner (University of California, Berkeley), Amy Horowitz (Ohio State University), Jehoash Hirshberg (Hebrew University), Barbara Johnson (Ithaca College), Abigail Wood (SOAS, University of London), Assaf Shelleg (Hebrew University/Tel Aviv University), David McDonald (Bowling Green State University), Galit Saada-Ophir (University of Toronto), Ronit Seter (Hebrew University), Amit Schejter (Pennsylvania State University), Francesco Spagnolo (Judah Magnes Museum/Hebrew University), Evan Rapport (New York University), Galeet Dardashti (University of Texas, Austin), and others.
Panel topics include: “What¹s Israeli about Israeli Music?,” “Hebrew Music Reconsidered: Law, Language, and Postmodern Aesthetics,” “The Sounds of Place: Geography and Identity in Israeli Music,” “Arab-Jewish Encounters in Music: Partners or Polemics?,” and “Imagining Zion(s): Diaspora and Homeland in Israeli Music.”
Joel Rubin and James Loeffler
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