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Musician Beckerman to talk about really listening to music

Does your mind tend to wander when you're at a concert?

Michael Beckerman, professor of music at the University of California-Santa Barbara and a specialist in the music of central and eastern Europe, will address that question and other issues at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, in Campbell Recital Hall of Braun Music Center.

The title of his talk, which he will accompany with piano excerpts, is "What Can You Think About When You're Really Listening to Music?"

The program is free and open to the public.

Beckerman lectures regularly for the San Francisco Symphony and for Great Performances at Lincoln Center in New York City, and also gives pre-concert talks throughout the United States. He has published scholarly articles on Mozart, Moravian folk music, Martinu and The Mikado, and currently is completing the manuscript for New Worlds of Dvorak and translating a volume on Czech Gypsy music. His published books include Janacek as Theorist, Janacek and Czech Music and Dvorak and His World.

Beckerman will be on campus to help celebrate the successful completion by the Stanford Humanities Center of a 1996 challenge grant of $625,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The grant will allow the center to establish a permanent financial basis for its external fellowship program.

The Stanford Humanities Center, founded in 1980 as one of the first campus-based humanities research institutes in the United States, promotes humanistic research and education, both at Stanford and nationally, with one-year residential fellowships, public presentations and research workshops.



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