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REEEC Noontime Scholars Lecture: Thornton Miller (University of Illinois), "Agency and Access: The Soviet Performance of British Contemporary Music during the Early Cold War"

Event Type
Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center
101 International Studies Building (910 S. Fifth St., Champaign, IL 61820)
Feb 12, 2019   12:00 pm  
Thornton Miller (PhD Candidate in Musicology, University of Illinois)
Free and open to the public.
Stephanie Chung Porter
Originating Calendar
Campus Humanities Calendar

During the Cold War, elite musicians in the Soviet Union were able to use their positions in the cultural establishment to gain access to British contemporary music, and to perform it. This lecture focuses on the societal position of those musicians, which afforded them a considerable amount of agency. Moreover, this agency enabled them to circumvent the ideological, economic, and legal obstacles inherent in cultural exchange during the Cold War, and to defend these performances from the Soviet Ministry of Culture’s interventions.

Thornton Miller is a PhD Candidate in Musicology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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