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University of Pittsburgh music professor Olivia Bloechl to speak at YSU

Bloechl specializes in early modern European and North American music history, opera before 1800, postcolonialism, cultural theory and the ethics and politics of music.
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Olivia Bloechl (Photo courtesy of YSU)

YOUNGSTOWN — Olivia Bloechl, professor of music at the University of Pittsburgh, will present a talk at the weekly Dana School of Music Convocation at 11 a.m. Friday at Bliss Recital Hall.

She will also present a lecture, "Connectedness in Global Music History: A View from the Early Modern Atlantic," at 4 p.m. Feb. 21 at Bliss Hall, Room 3036, on the campus of Youngstown State University. 

Both presentations are free and open to the public.

Connected or “entangled” historiographies are emerging as core approaches to global music history, building on existing work in world history. Yet it is not always clear what these approaches entail in histories of music and sound, particularly before the advent of modern forms of globality, their technologies and infrastructures, according to a news release. Drawing on cases from her work on both sides of the early modern Atlantic (c. 1500-1800), Bloechl sets out some possibilities for working with processes of interconnection or even integration in music history.

At the University of Pittsburgh, Bloechl specializes in early modern European and North American music history, opera before 1800, postcolonialism, cultural theory and the ethics and politics of music. Her publications include “Native American Song at the Frontiers of Early Modern Music” (2008) and “Opera and the Political Imaginary in Old Regime France” (2017), which was supported by an ACLS Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellowship. She is also co-editor, with Melanie Lowe and Jeffrey Kallberg, of “Rethinking Difference in Music Scholarship” (Cambridge, 2015).

Parking is available in the M30 Wick Avenue parking deck for a nominal fee. More information is available by calling the Office of Community Engagement and Events at 330-941-2307. A complete calendar of events is available at www.ysu.edu.



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