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Sixth Annual Conference, Graduate Association of Music and Musicians at the University of Texas (GAMMA-UT)

Austin, TX, March 2006


 GAMMA-UT, the Graduate Association of Music and Musicians at the
University of Texas, is pleased to announce the program for its sixth
annual conference to be held at the University of Texas at Austin on
Saturday, March 25, 2006.  The conference website is located at
http://gammaut.music.utexas.edu.

This year's conference features interdisciplinary sessions on Popular
Music, Twentieth-Century Music, and Latin American Music.  The keynote
speaker for the conference is Lawrence Zbikowski of the University of
Chicago.  A concert of new works by graduate student composers to be
performed by the Tosca String Quartet follows the conference.  There is no
registration fee for the conference, and the concert is free as well.

The keynote speaker for the conference is Lawrence Zbikowski, Associate
Professor of Music at the University of Chicago. Zbikowski.s research
involves applying recent work in cognitive psychology and linguistics to
the theory and analysis of music. His recent Conceptualizing
Music: Cognitive Structure, Theory, and Analysis (Oxford, 2002) was winner
of the Society for Music Theory's 2004 Wallace Berry Award. He has also
published articles in the Journal of Music Theory, Music Theory Spectrum,
Music Analysis, Almen Semiotik, Theory and Practice, Music Theory Online,
and Music Perception. He is currently director of a special project for
the Humanities Division of the University of Chicago on creativity and
cognition. For more information, please visit
http://humanities.uchicago.edu/faculty/zbikowski.

The Tosca String Quartet, a professional string quartet based in Austin,
is the featured ensemble for the concert. The Tosca String Quartet formed
while its members completed classical music degrees at the University of
Texas at Austin, and now performs and records a diverse repertoire that
includes classical music, new music, popular music, and Brazilian
tango. The Tosca String Quartet has performed and recorded with renowned
artists such as Ray Benson, Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett, the Dixie Chicks,
David Byrne, and Terry Bozzio. Members of the Tosca String Quartet are
frequent performers of new music in the Austin area owing in part to their
long-standing collaborations with the Barbwire Music Project and the
Golden Hornet Project. For more information, please visit
http://www.toscastrings.com.

Conference Schedule--Saturday, March 25, 2006

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN - SCHOOL OF MUSIC - RECITAL STUDIO MRH 2.638 

8:00-9:00 A.M. REGISTRATION (FREE) AND COFFEE


9:00-10:30 SESSION 1: POPULAR MUSIC

"Beethoven's Pop Legacy: Classical Structure in the Songs of Billy Joel"
Robert D. Schultz, University of Washington

"The Greatest Rock Star Who Never Was: Garth Brooks, Chris Gaines, and
Modern-Day America"
Heather MacLachlan, Cornell University

"Traditional or Modern? The Case of the Bulgarian Pop-Folk Musician Slavi
Triffonov"
Plamena Kourtova, Florida State University

10:30-10:45 BREAK

10:45-12:15 SESSION 2: TWENTIETH-CENTURY MUSIC

"Berg's Lulu Libretto and the Troping of Operatic Tradition"
Jackson Ross Best, Jr., University of North Texas

"Signifyin(g) in Florence Price's E Minor Symphony, First Movement"
Scott Farrah, Florida State University

"Convergent Voices: Perception in Lutoslawski, Berio, and Boulez"
Aaron Einbond, University of California, Berkeley

12:15-2:00 LUNCH

2:00-3:30 KEYNOTE ADDRESS
"Building a Cognitive Grammar of Music, Part 1: Dance Music"
Lawrence Zbikowski, University of Chicago

3:30-3:45 BREAK

3:45-5:15 SESSION 3: LATIN AMERICAN MUSIC

"'Eagles and Tigers Begin to Dance': Alberto Ginastera's Cantata for Magic
America and Magic Realism"
Alyson Payne, Bowling Green State University

"Lovers and Rulers, the Real and the Surreal: Harmonic Metaphors in Silvio
Rodríguez's Songs"
Noriko Manabe, CUNY

"Afoxés: The Sacred Carnival of Salvador"
Heidy Ximenes, University of Kentucky

8:00-9:30 P.M. CONCERT OF GRADUATE STUDENT WORKS PERFORMED BY THE
TOSCA STRING QUARTET

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