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Friday March 5, 2021
4pm-5:30pm PST
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The UCLA Robert U. Nelson Lecture Series, hosted by the Center for Musical
Humanities, presents a talk by Dr. Kira Thurman, "On Beethoven, Blackness,
and Belonging: Debating Classical Music in the Black Atlantic."

What has classical music meant to Black people? Why have African Americans
listened to and performed a genre of music that many Americans now consider
to be white, elitist, and Eurocentric? Such accusations aren't inaccurate:
for example, African Americans represent only 1.8 percent of all orchestra
musicians today. In this presentation, Professor Kira Thurman turns to the
past to consider how African Americans made classical music a meaningful
part of their lives. Examining the lives and careers of intellectuals such
as W.E.B. DuBois and classical musicians such as Marian Anderson, Thurman
argues that African Americans incorporated art music into their Black
international and Black diasporic politics. Looking beyond America's
shores, they found a larger, vibrant Black history of classical music that
they could also claim.

Kira Thurman is an assistant professor of History and German Studies at the
University of Michigan. A winner of the Berlin Prize among other awards and
fellowships, she is the author of several award-winning articles on music,
the Black diaspora, and German-speaking Europe. Her book, "Singing like
Germans: Black Musicians in the Land of Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms," is
forthcoming with Cornell University Press (Fall 2021).

This program is made possible by the Joyce S. and Robert U. Nelson Fund.
Robert Uriel Nelson was a revered musicologist and music professor at UCLA,
who, together with his wife, established a generous endowment for the
university to make programs like this possible.

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