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Jacobs School Lecture Committee presents two lectures by scholar Joel Lester


April 17, 2012

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Lecture Committee, in association with the Music Theory Department, is delighted to welcome Joel Lester, distinguished professor at Mannes College of Music and professor emeritus at the City College of New York (CCNY) and the Graduate Center, the City University of New York (CUNY).

Lester will present two lectures, which are free and open to the public.

On Wednesday, April 25, at 3:30 p.m. in Room 267 of the Simon Music Center, he will present "What Matter(s)?"—a version of the keynote address for the 2012 meeting of the Music Theory Society of New York State.

On Thursday, April 26, at 3 p.m. in Ford-Crawford Hall, Lester will present "What Beethoven Might Have Learned from J. S. Bach."

Lester is an accomplished professional violinist—including 22 years as the violinist with The Da Capo Chamber Players—as well as a music scholar, winning awards for his contributions to 18-century music studies, which include a book on Bach's solo-violin music.

About Joel Lester

Joel Lester—violinist, scholar, professor and administrator—was the dean of Mannes College of Music from 1996 to 2011. He was violinist in The Da Capo Chamber Players, winners of the 1973 Walter Naumburg Foundation Chamber Music Award, from 1970 to 1991.

Among his many books and articles are Compositional Theory in the Eighteenth Century (Harvard University Press, 1992; winner of the Wallace Berry Publication Award of the Society for Music Theory), Bach's Works for Solo Violin (Oxford University Press, 1999; winner of the ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award) and the textbook Analytic Approaches to 20th-Century Music (W. W. Norton, 1989).

Lester was president of the Society for Music Theory from 2003 to 2005. He was professor of music at CCNY from 1969 to 1995 and a member of the doctoral faculty in music of the CUNY Graduate Center, where he directed the D.M.A. Program in Performance from 1986 to 1995.