Fall 2019

All lectures will be held on the UNCG campus in the Music Building, Lecture Hall (Room 217). A light reception will follow each lecture in the Lecture Hall. All lecture are free and open to the public.

Jacqueline Avila

Associate Professor
University of Tennessee, School of Music

September 13, 2019 – 4pm

“The Sounds of Desire, Seduction, and Nostalgia: Musicalizing Femininity in cine mexicano (1936–1952)”

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The Sounds of Desire, Seduction, and Nostalgia: Musicalizing Femininity in cine mexicano (1931–1952)

During the 1930s and 1940s, the Mexican film industry produced genres that depicted crucial characteristics that shaped mexicanidad (the cultural identity of the Mexican people) and highlighted on-screen musical performances, particularly by male characters. Although national cinema focused predominantly on the representation of Mexican masculinity and machismo (evident in the singing charro), the visual and aural representations of femininity and womanhood were explored in two significant genres: the prostitute melodrama and the cine de añoranza porfiriana (films of Porfirian longing). Women characters in these films (such as the prostitute and the debutante) mirrored contemporary societal beliefs and followed narratives in which their social behaviors were scrutinized and criticized as they attempt to move outside of the status quo. Diegetic musical performances were intertwined in these narratives, exposing the societal contradictions of contemporary Mexican culture, particularly the precarious position of women.

Elizabeth Keathley

Associate Professor
UNCG, Musicology and Ethnomusicology Area

October 18, 2019 – 4pm

“Voicing the Opposition: Lila Downs, El demagogo, and Balas y chocolate”

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Sara Snyder

Assistant Professor and Director of the Cherokee Language Program
Western Carolina University, Department of Anthropology and Sociology

November 15, 2019 – 4pm

“Sound, Sociality, and the Making of Mountain Skies”

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Presented by the School of Music, and Musicology/Ethnomusicology and Music Theory Areas
For further information contact Joan Titus at j_titus@uncg.edu.

Irna PrioreIrna Priore (1963–2014) was a beloved colleague, and associate professor of music theory in the UNCG School of Music. In addition to being a flutist, she was a scholar, teacher, and mentor in music studies, and contributed publications on Luciano Berio, Darmstadt, post-1945 theory, and Brazilian popular music. Her legacy of generosity, strength, and brilliance continues through her family, friends, colleagues, and students; this series is dedicated to her and celebrates her memory.