The nief-norf Research Summit (nnRS) Lecture Series is an academic series embedded in the larger 13-day nief-norf Summer Festival. As part of the festival, dozens of performers, composers, festival faculty, and participating scholars attend the Lecture Series. Past summits have featured topics such as the music of John Cage (2012), Music and Technology (2013), and Music and/as Process (2014). This year's Lecture Series will examine the topic "Music as Theater."
Wednesday, June 10: "Music as Theater" (University of Tennessee, Knoxville - Natalie L. Haslam Music Center, Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall)
10:30am Craig Hubbard (Yale School of Music), "Concept and Drama: The Influence of Fluxus Upon Ligeti's Theatrical Works"
11:00am John Green (Eastman School of Music), "'Laughter is Preferable to Tears': John Cage and the Golden Age of Television"
11:30am Kerry O'Brien (Indiana University), "Music as Transduction: John Cage's Variations VII (1966)"
1:30PM David Chapman, Jr. (Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, nief-norf Summer Festival Guest Scholar) Lecture on the Music of Philip Glass
Evening concert, 8:00pm: Philip Glass Portrait Concert: Music in Fifths (1969), 1 + 1 (1968), Music in Similar Motion (1969), Piece in the Shape of a Square (1967), and Two Pages (1968) at The Square Room in downtown Knoxville.
Sunday, June 14: "Music as Theater" Lecture Recital by speak/strike percussion duo
Performing: Lawton Hall's All Your Thens for Now, Karl Schwitters' Ursonate, George Aperghis Retrouvailles, and Christopher Adler's Zaum (world premiere)
Founded in 2014 by Katelyn King and Alexv Rolfe, speak/strike is a project dedicated to increasing the presence of repertoire for speaking percussionists. Through commissions and performances, speak/strike presents new and existing works that play with the boundaries between percussion and theater, championing this exciting music in traditional and non-traditional venues throughout North America.
Watch video highlights from the 2014 Research Summit on Music and/as Process: