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I am writing from Rome, Italy where my wife, the musicolgist Andrea Olmstead is participating in a conference on Music at The American Academy in Rome, titled "To Meet This Urgent Need," a survey of the music program at the academy since 1921. She will be presenting a paper today concerning the music program from 1921-1937 (fellows Leo Sowerby and Howard Hanson through Roger Sessions and Samuel Barber). Over the course of the next three days conference organizer Martin Brody will speak and chair sessions with other invited musicologists and composers including Judith Tick, Carol Oja, and Vivian Perlis. There will also be concerts in the evening with soprano Susan Naruki and pianist Don Berman. Tonight a special concert of solo violin music is to be performed featuring music by long-time academy friends Elliott Carter and Geoffredo Petrassi. I will be posting again in a few days to follow up on the conference.
posted by Larry Thomas Bell