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Cities of Music: Vienna and Nashville

October 24, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 1:30 pm

In collaboration with the Center for European Studies

Cities usually become influential because of their economic or political prominence in national histories, but they can also become famous symbols for cultural and artistic creativity. This seminar focuses on two very different cities that share a reputation for exceptional musical cultures. Since the post-1780 era of Mozart and Schubert, Vienna has been known as a city of great classical composers, and twentieth-century Nashville became equally prominent as the center of country music and the Grand ole Opry. This Dialogues seminar will analyze how these two “cities of music” attracted creative composers and performers by developing institutional networks that sustained a distinctive musical culture. The program will include musical interludes as well as historical perspectives to explain how two cities came to be known as major centers of European and American music.


Saturday, October 24 at 10:00 am

Viennese Music of Laughter and Tears from Romanticism to Modernism
Robert Buxton, Lecturer in Piano, Department of Music

Saturday, October 24 at 11:45 am

Nashville and the Cultural Meaning of Country Music
Jocelyn NealBowman and Gordon Gray Distinguished Term Professor of Music and Adjunct Professor of American Studies

Saturday, October 24 at 1:00 pm

Why do Cities Become Centers and Symbols of Musical Creativity?
A panel discussion with our speakers


This webinar is a virtual event. Tuition is $40, which includes “admission” to the webinar in real time (with live Q&A) as well as access to the closed-caption recorded talks to watch at your leisure for up to 2 weeks after the event. Registrants will receive instructions for accessing the event online by 4:30 pm the Friday before the event.

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Register here or call us at 919.962.1544.

Online registration closes at midnight the night before the event. For same-day registration, please call our office at 919.962.1544.


Co-Sponsored by the General Alumni Association.

For information about GAA discounts and other scholarships available to Humanities Program participants, click here.

Tuition is complimentary for any currently teaching, full time K-12 teachers. If you’re eligible, click here to register. Complimentary teacher registration closes at 4:30 pm the Friday before the event.


October 24, 2020
10:00 am - 1:30 pm