The Department of Music, in conjunction with the Humanities Research Centre, is hosting a two-day festival-conference, “Over Here and Over There: The Music of World War I.” Details are available on the website: http://musicofww1.co.uk/. This is the first of three linked events, the second being a conference presentation at the Society for American Music (March 7, Sacramento CA), and the third a two-day conference at the University of Illinois, March 10 and 11, 1915: Music, Memory and the Great War.
The York events feature three concerts, including a fully staged performance of Stravinsky’s classic “The Soldier’s Tale” at 9:30 PM on Friday, 27 February. Saturday, 28 February, will see a 1:15 lunchtime concert, featuring performances of World War I songs, and a 7:30 PM concert, “After the Lusitania,” that includes a performance of Frank Bridge’s rarely heard “Lament”, written in response to the sinking of the Lusitania (which occurred on May 7, 1915, nearly one hundred years ago).
The weekend will open with a keynote address by Professor Rachel Cowgill, at 6 PM on Friday (27th) in the Bowland Auditorium, HRC. On Saturday (28th), beginning at 2:30 PM, there will be a series of scholarly papers by distinguished international visitors Christina Bashford, Deniz Ertan, and Gayle Sherwood Magee; and on Saturday morning, 10 AM to noon, University of York students who have been studying the topic will present their findings. All Saturday papers will be given in the Rymer Auditorium at the Music Research Centre, linked with the Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall. Other topical findings by students will be offered in poster sessions scheduled for Saturday afternoon. All Saturday papers will be given in the Rymer Auditorium at the Music Research Centre, linked with the Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall.
The Friday and Saturday evening concerts carry a nominal charge; for tickets, see http://www.york.ac.uk/concerts/programme/. All other events are free.