Music and Globalization

Soon the 11th international conference Musica Practica, Musica Theoretica will be held at the Academy of Music in Poznan, Poland, on the theme of “Music from the Perspective of Globalization”. I look forward to giving a keynote speech for this conference, which I have entitled “Globalization and Research Methods in Musicology” (displayed: public domain image, map of Poznan from 1617).
Following the conference in Poland, I will participate in the 7th international conference Theory for Practice in the Education of Contemporary Society in Riga, Latvia. I gave a keynote speech for that conference in 2012, and will be chairing a session and presenting a paper this year.

This travel to Poland and Latvia (sponsored by Erasmus and Nordplus programs) follows the conclusion of another fascinating project: Across the past week I have performed as a member of an opera chorus with the Edvard Grieg Choir in the Bergen National Opera production of Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera, The Golden Cockerel. This was presented with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra in Grieg Hall, featuring outstanding artistic directors and soloists. It was a great pleasure to work with such accomplished professionals across an array of fields: directors, choreographers, stage designers, costume makers, conductors, dancers, singers, etc. News media and critics have awarded this opera production the highest possible ratings, noting the “world class soloists with dazzling stage design and direction”. Displayed here are publicity photos by Magnus Skrede, released on the Bergen National Opera website. In these scenes from the opera, I am the Boyar in the red hat and robe, gesturing toward the dancers and gazing at our dying Tsar (played by Andrew Shore). The diverse participants in this opera demonstrate the role of globalization in music today, with soloists, directors, managers and orchestral musicians from all throughout the world. 

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