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Release: March 5, 2003

Stanford Music Professor To Discuss Wagner, Hanslick, Beckmesser March 14

Tom Grey, a professor of music at Stanford University, will speak on "Masters and Their Critics: Wagner, Hanslick, Beckmesser, and the Politics of Art in Die Meistersinger" Friday, March 14 at 4:30 p.m. in the Voxman Music Building, Room 1027. This lecture is sponsored by the University of Iowa Opera Studies Group.

Grey, an associate professor of music at Stanford University, will also discuss some of his recent works. Grey holds a master's degree and a doctorate in music from the University of California-Berkeley and has taught at UCLA and Stanford Universities. He is the author of Wagner's Musical Prose: Texts and Contexts (1995). He is also the editor and co-author of the Cambridge Opera handbook on Wagner's Flying Dutchman (2000), and a forthcoming Cambridge Companion to Wagner. Grey has also written on Beethoven and Mendelssohn.

Grey's current projects include an essay on transformations of Don Giovanni in German Romantic opera and literature and a book on music and visual culture in the 19th century. He is editing a two-volume History of Opera for Cambridge University Press. He served as editor of the Journal of the American Musicological Society from 1999 to 2001.

For more information or special accommodation to attend this lecture, call Roberta Marvin at 319-335-4034.

The University of Iowa Opera Studies Group was established in 1999 as a forum to foster the study of opera and related genres from interdisciplinary perspectives. The group's purpose is to bring together scholars who have a special expertise or interest in opera to share their views on various issues associated with research and performance of operatic works. The activities of the group include both formal and informal gatherings addressing myriad topics ranging from aesthetics to performance practices.

Opera Studies Group is part of International Programs, which consists of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost for academic programs and dean for International Programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACT(S): Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026, lois-gray@uiowa.edu. Program: Roberta Marvin at 319-335-4034. Writer: Vitalis Torwel