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Ruth Crawford Seeger: Modernity, Tradition, and the Making of American Music
New York, October 2001

Ruth Crawford Seeger Conference Announcement

In honor of the centennial of Ruth Crawford Seeger's birth, Brooklyn College and
the CUNY Graduate Center will host the conference Ruth Crawford Seeger: Modernity,
Tradition, and the Making of American Music on 26-27 October 2001. The conference
will focus on Ruth Crawford Seeger's modernist compositions and the Seeger
family's impact on the urban folk revival.  Two days of panels, roundtable
discussions, and concerts will concentrate on Crawford Seeger's life, music, and
cultural activism.

Schedule of Events

Note: All of the panels and roundtable discussions are free. Tickets for the
concerts can be purchased by calling +1-718-951-4500 for the Friday evening
chamber music concert or +1-212-817-8215 for the Saturday evening folk music
concert.  There is no need to register for the conference.  Please note that the
Friday events will be held at Brooklyn College, and the Saturday events will be
held at the CUNY Graduate Center in Manhattan.

Friday, 26 October 2001
Brooklyn College, City University of New York
2900 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11210
Tel. +1-(718) 951-5655

10:45 - 11:45 am  Levenson Recital Hall
Call +1-718-951-5655 for information
Concert of Children's Music by Ruth Crawford Seeger

The Adventures of Tom Thumb
Peggy Seeger, narrator & Jenny Lin, piano

Let's Build a Railroad
Jody Diamond, Mary Ann Haagen, and Larry Polansky on voices, guitar, mandolin,
mandocello, dobro, dulcimer, percussion, banjo, pennywhistle, and other

1 - 3 pm  Student Union Building (SUBO), State Lounge
Towards a Revised Theory of Modernist Musical Practice

Moderator: Philip Rupprecht (Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center, CUNY)

Joseph N. Straus (Professor of Music, Queens College and the Graduate Center,
Precompositional Strategies in Ruth Crawford's Music

Ellie M. Hisama (Associate Professor of Music, Brooklyn College and the Graduate
Center, CUNY)
Ruth Crawford's Pursuit of a Proletarian Music

Taylor A. Greer (Associate Professor of Music, Pennsylvania State University)
A Philosophical Duet: Mutual Influences in theThought of Ruth Crawford and Charles

Lyn Ellen Burkett (Lecturer of Music, SUNY Potsdam)
Navigating an Inexhaustible Sea: The European and the American in Ruth Crawford's

3:30 - 5 pm Student Union Building (SUBO), State Lounge
Ruth Crawford Seeger's Imprint on 20th-Century Music
A Composers' Roundtable
with Ursula Mamlok, Pauline Oliveros, and Christian Wolff

Moderator: H. Wiley Hitchcock (CUNY Graduate Center)

7 pm
Concert of Chamber Works by Ruth Crawford Seeger
Levenson Recital Hall  ($10; $7 for students & seniors)
Call +1-718-951-4500 for tickets

Dora Ohrenstein, soprano; Sarah Cahill, piano; Charleston String Quartet with Gary
Chapman, piano; Margaret Lancaster, flute; Marilyn Nonken, piano; and members of
Essential Music

Saturday, 27 October 2001
The Graduate Center, City University of New York
365 Fifth Avenue @ 34th Street
New York, NY 10016, USA
Tel. +1-(212) 817-8215
All events will be held in Proshansky Auditorium

10 - 11:30 am
Folk Music, Culture, and the Politics of the Left

Moderator: Ray Allen (Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center, CUNY)

Michael Kammen (Newton C. Farr Professor of American History and Culture, Cornell
From Disillusionment to Democracy: Rediscovering an American Ethos, 1932-1952

Benjamin Filene (Exhibit Curator, Minnesota Historical Society)
Performing the Folk: The Seeger Family and Thirties Culture

Bess Lomax Hawes (former Director, NEA Folk Arts Program)
Reminiscenses of Ruth and the Folk Revival

1 - 2 pm
Keynote Address: The House That Ruth Built

Judith Tick (Matthews Distinguished Professor of Music, Northeastern University)

Introduced by Carol J. Oja (Margaret and David T. Bottoms Professor of Music and
Professor of American Studies, College of William and Mary)

2 - 3:30 pm
Folk Music in North America: The Seeger Legacy

Moderator: Nancy Groce (Smithsonian Institution)

Anthony Seeger (Professor of Music, University of California, Los Angeles)
Aftershocks from the Washington Years: The Impact of Charles Seeger and Ruth 
Crawford Seeger on the Study and Presentation of Folklife in the United States

Roberta Lamb (Associate Professor of Music and Music Education, Queen's 
The Legacy of Ruth Crawford Seeger's Folk Song Transcriptions for Music Educators

Larry Polansky (Strauss Professor of Music, Dartmouth College)
Heterophony, Iron Head, E. C. Ball, and the Absence of Drama: 'the composition
textbook she never wrote' (The Music of American Folk Song)

3:30 - 5 pm
Remembering Dio: A Seeger Family Scrapbook
with Mike Seeger, Peggy Seeger, Pete Seeger, Bess Lomax Hawes
Moderator: Judith Tick

8 pm
Seeger Family Tribute Concert
($25; $20 for students & seniors)
For tickets, call +1-212-817-8215

Mike Seeger, Peggy Seeger, and Pete Seeger perform songs transcribed and arranged
by Ruth Crawford Seeger

For further information, please visit, email, or call
+1-(718) 951-5655. 

Ruth Crawford Seeger: Modernity, Tradition, and the Making of American Music is
sponsored by the Institute for Studies in American Music and the Conservatory of
Music at Brooklyn College, CUNY and by the Ph.D./D.M.A. Program in Music and
Continuing Education and Public Programs at The Graduate Center, CUNY.

This conference is made possible by grants from the New York Council for the
Humanities, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Edward T. Cone
Foundation, the Brooklyn College Provost's Office, the Mary Duke Biddle
Foundation, the Baisley Powell Elebash Endowment, the Ethyle R. Wolfe Institute
for the Humanities at Brooklyn College, Essential Music, Lucille Field Goodman,
and Patsy Rogers.

Festival Staff
Ellie M. Hisama and Ray Allen, Festival Directors
Benjamin Filene, Carol J. Oja, Joseph N. Straus, and Judith Tick, Festival 
David Levine, Festival Coordinator
Graeme Fullerton, Festival Assistant