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Intersections: Music, Words, and Pictures; Pre-Concert Lecture: Prof. Leroy Searle 

Sunday, December 4, 2016 - 4:30pm
Professor Robin McCabe produces the Intersections series (photo: Steve Korn).
Professor Robin McCabe produces the Intersections series (photo: Steve Korn).

Piano Professor Robin McCabe produces this quarterly series highlighting music inspired by great works of literature, performed by top UW music students and special guests. Each performance includes a pre-concert lecture.  In this program, UW English Professor Leroy Searle delivers the pre-concert lecture: "Listening with Your Eyes Open."

Lecture: 4  pm
Concert: 4:30 pm


Lecture: "Listening With Your Eyes Open

In his pre-concert lecture: “Listening with your Eyes Open,” Prof. Leroy Searle will explore some of the ways in which music can—and he argued, should always—be a fundamental feature of undergraduate education. The central point is not limited to teaching people to make music, nor to appreciate it, but to understand it as an indispensable element in human thinking and creativity, drawing, among other things, on work in comparative arts, particularly poetry and music, and philosophical explorations of innovation.


Lori Laitman: Four Dickinson Songs

Yoojeong Cho, soprano

Sibelius: The Swan of Tuonela

Logan Esterling, English horn

Schumann: From Fantasy Pieces, Op. 12

Andrew Chen, piano

Ravel: “Mother Goose Suite,” piano, four hands

Irene Chen, Kay Yeh, piano

Nikita Koshkin: Usher Waltz

Connor Ritchie, guitar

Franz Liszt: Sposalizio

Steven Damouni, piano

Professor Leroy Searle

Leroy Searle is Professor of English and Comparative Literature, having taught at Washington since 1977.  He completed his graduate at the University of Iowa, beginning in The Iowa Writers Workshop, with fellowship support in Comparative Literature and English.   He then taught at the University of Rochester and the Visual Studies Workshop, affiliated with SUNY Buffalo.  In addition to extensive teaching and writing in literary theory and criticism, he has taught courses in music and poetry, comparative history of ideas, and the philosophy and history of science.   He has also served as the founding director of the Humanities and Arts Computing Center (at the beginning of a line of development that led to Cartah and DX-Arts), as well as the director of the Simpson Center for the Humanities from 1992 to 1996.