Lectures on a variety of musical subjects including Composition, Musicology and Music Theory are given regularly in the Music Department. Speakers include UB faculty members, visiting lecturers, and graduate students. All events, unless otherwise noted, are free and open to the public. See below for info on all upcoming speaking events:

Dr. Colin Roust

Assistant Professor of Musicology

The University of Kansas

Tuesday, October 25, 2016
250 Baird Hall

Presented by the University at Buffalo Department of Music.

An Ultramodernist Goes Pop: Georges Auric and Pop Culture from the 1950s to the 1970s

Although Georges Auric’s early notoriety rested on his reputation as a favorite composer of virtually every avant-garde group in 1920s Paris, he would later devote his career to finding the broadest audiences possible. While I have published on his aesthetic shift to populism in the 1930s, this talk focuses on Auric’s contributions to pop culture in the decades after World War II. His many film scores yielded a number of songs that became both jazz standards and popular hits—including Billboard’s “#1 Song of 1953,” which would later be covered by artists as diverse as the Chordettes, Andy Williams, Chet Atkins, Sam Cooke, and Willie Nelson. Other works to be discussed include a sound-and-light show for a Loire Valley castle and a rock musical composed with the jazz-funk pianist Gilbert Sigrist.

2nd and 4th Friday of each month
Music Library

A bi-weekly forum to at which graduate music students have the opportunity to read and prepare conference papers.