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The following lectures are free and open to the public:

A Conversation with Muhal Richard Abrams
Monday, February 23, 2009  7:30 pm
Music Building, Ensemble Room

In a rare West Coast appearance, the legendary composer and improviser discusses his music and his role in the formation of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM)—the source of some of the most innovative musical approaches of the last half-century.

Darius Milhaud's Brazilian Connection: An In-Depth Discussion
Saturday, February 28, 2009  4:00 pm
Music Building, Ensemble Room

Four music scholars explore the works on the Milhaud concert program.  Panelists include:

David Bernstein, Professor of Music, Mills College: Cinq études
Nalini Ghuman, Assistant Professor of Music, Mills College: Le boeuf sur le toit
Jacinthe Harbec, Université de Sherbrooke: Cantate pour l'inauguration du musée
de l'homme
Patricia Taylor Lee, retired Professor of Music and Chair of the Music Department,
San Francisco State University: Carnival d'aix

Music Outside of the Concert Hall with Alvin Curran
Wednesday, March 4, 2009  7:30 pm
Danforth Lecture Hall, Aron Art Center

Alvin Curran, formerly Darius Milhaud Professor of Music at Mills, is a composer of chamber works and film music, the creator of musique concrète and live electronic music, a solo performer, a free improviser, and an installation artist who produces large-scale works "outside of the concert hall" for singers, brass bands, and shiphorns. Curran discusses these large-scale works, which often occur in natural spaces and urban environments such as a large lake in Berlin, a riverbank in Donaueschingen, along the eastern seaboard of the United States, or a train traveling to and from Bologna.

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