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The Transformative Power of Music: A Roundtable Discussion

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Instrumental Value: The Transformative Power of Music
02 Apr - 06 Apr, 2011
 Freeman Symposium:  Strengthening Cooperation Between the US and East Asia

Nicholas Kenyon (Co-Chair) - Managing Director, Barbican Centre, London
Sarah Lutman (Co-Chair) - President and Managing Director, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, St. Paul, Minnesota
Duffie Adelson - Executive Director, Merit School of Music, Chicago
Bruce Adolphe - Composer, Resident Lecturer and Director of Family Programs, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, New York, New York, United States
Peter Alward - Director, Salzburg Easter Festival
Vera Brandes  
Alan Brown - Researcher and Management Consultant, WolfBrown, San Francisco
Fred Child - Host, Performance Today, American Public Media; Announcer/Commentator, Live from Lincoln Center, New York
Mark Gillespie - Artistic Manager, YOA Orchestra of the Americas, Arlington, Virginia; Co-Founder, Filarmónica Joven de Colombia
Hans Graf - Music Director, Houston Symphony, Houston
Pierre Jalbert - Composer, Professor of Composition and Music Theory, Shepherd School of Music, Rice University, Houston
Alexandros Kapelis - (Recitalist), Pianist, New York and Brussels
Ulrich Leisinger - Director, Research Department, International Mozarteum Foundation, Salzburg
Celia Lowenstein - Film producer and director, New York
Stephen McAdams - Canada Research Chair in Music Perception and Cognition, CIRMMT and Department of Music Research, Schulich School of Music, McGill University, Montreal
Martin Neary - Organist and Choral Conductor; former Master of the Choristers, Westminster Abbey, London
Julian Philips - Composer, Head of Composition, Guildhall School of Music, London
John Sloboda - Research Professor, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London; Emeritus Professor of Psychology, Keele Univeristy

Additional Session Support:
Paul Head (Resource Specialist) - Chair, Director of Choral Studies, University of Delaware
Kathleen Matt (Resource Specialist) - Dean - College of Health Sciences, University of Delaware

Music moves something deep inside of us. We have all sensed that phenomenal, almost indescribable power of music: it soothes, delights, agitates, unsettles, transforms, energizes, and inspires. Music expresses the inexpressible and connects things that cannot be connected in any other way. It transcends linguistic, cultural, and man-made boundaries; it enriches through its collective and communal qualities. This wonderfully transformative power can and often has been put to work for the greater good. Daniel Barenboim's West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, Gilbert Levine's Papal Concert to Commemorate the Shoah, José Antonio Abreu's El Sistema music education project in Venezuela, and Bono's humanitarian initiatives are just some of the better-known examples of "music with a mission."

Much can be learned from these and comparable efforts. It is the goal of this Salzburg session to bring together musicians, social change-makers, representatives of the philanthropic community, cultural policymakers, and scholars interested in the manifestations of all types of music in all cultures to explore the transformative power of music and shed new light on ways to exploit - in the most positive sense - music's instrumental value. Together participants will grapple with these and other questions: When and how has music played a role in social and political change? How has music raised awareness of social injustices? How can music bridge cultural differences? How can music help to unleash the talents of marginalized youth? What role can new technologies play in this process? What contributions can music make to peace-building and reconciliation efforts? And, finally, how can we maximize these positive impacts of music?

This Session has been made possible by a generous grant from The Edward T. Cone Foundation.

Session Faculty

Peter Alward
Bruce Adolphe

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