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Duncaster Lectures—Spring 2019

As part of the University’s continuing cooperation with the Duncaster Retirement Community in Bloomfield, monthly lectures are offered on the Duncaster campus, 40 Loeffler Road in Bloomfield. Each lecture begins at 4:45 p.m.

Detailed information on all lectures for this semester can be found on the spring 2019 catalog.

Online registration opened on January 3, 2019.

Cost for the series of four lectures is $20; Fellows, no charge. Register online.

Modern Music: Will Audiences Ever Learn to Love it? (Or at Least Not Hate it?) with Steve Metcalf and Larry Alan Smith

Tues., May 7; 4–5:30 p.m.; Series 4 of 4

It has been more than 100 years since Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring unofficially ushered in the era of “modern” music. One hundred years is an eternity in the history of music—it’s roughly the length of time between Brahms’ First Symphony and the breakup of the Beatles. Nevertheless, the rupture between composers and audiences that can be said to have begun with Stravinsky’s ballet has, in many ways, continued to the present day.

In this informal talk, Larry Alan Smith and Steve Metcalf will discuss the idea of modern music and what the term means in the 21st century, and explore the question of why audiences seem to continue to resist it.

Larry Alan Smith is dean of The Hartt School. He enjoys an international career as a composer, conductor, and pianist. Since 2015, he has also been curator of the Richard P. Garmany Chamber Music Series.

Steve Metcalf is the director of the University of Hartford’s Presidents’ College. For more than 20 years, he was the full time staff music critic and editor at The Hartford Courant. In 2008 he founded the Richard P. Garmany Chamber Music Series at The Hartt School, and curated the series for seven seasons.

Note: Tuition and fees are non-refundable.