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An Evening with Mark Applebaum, Stanford Professor of Composition

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Thu, November 21, 2019
06:30PM - 08:30PM
Greenwich Country Day School, Middle School Meeting Room, 2nd Floor
401 Old Church Road, Greenwich CT 06830
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Ms. Tina Mikkelsen

Why Does Grandpa Hate Contemporary Art?  The Contingent Problem in the Appreciation of Popular and Experimental Music

How do we appreciate contemporary art that feels so foreign to us?  Are we prisoners of inherited tastes, or are there ways to overcome a bias toward the familiar in order to productively attend to the alien?  And does the cultivation of an open mind challenge the possibility that some music is simply bad?  Composer Mark Applebaum explores these and other questions that, on the surface, pertain to how we experience and value art, but which may resonate more broadly with timely social concerns about tolerance.    

Mark Applebaum is the Leland & Edith Smith Professor of Composition and Hazy Family University Fellow. His solo, chamber, choral, orchestral, operatic, and electroacoustic work has been performed throughout six continents, including notable commissions from the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, the Fromm Foundation, the Spoleto Festival, the Kronos Quartet, and the Vienna Modern Festival.  His TED talk has been seen by over five million viewers and, at Stanford he is the founding director of the Stanford Improvisation Collective. For the past 25 years, he has invented instruments by mounting assorted items to soundboards and playing them with everything from chopsticks to knitting needles.


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