Maurice Ravel and France’s Fin de Siècle: A Lecture – Performance

Date & Time: Tuesday, March 21, 2023
6-7:30 pm

Location: Kilachand Hall Commons, Rm 101
91 Bay State Rd, Boston, MA

Event Description: The composer Maurice Ravel is well-known for his orchestral work Bolero, but his works for the piano are some of his richest, most moving compositions. Join James Johnson for an exploration of Ravel’s music in the artistic and cultural context of late 19th-century France. Professor Johnson will play and discuss works from Miroirs, Ravel’s 1905 set of piano pieces intended to capture the sound and feel of birds, night moths, a valley of bells, and a boat on the ocean. 

Attendance: (For Kilachand Honors College Students) You can register for this event in advance on Handshake here. At the event, a QR will be posted for you to check-in. This QR will expire so please complete the check-in form immediately. You must check-in to earn co-curricular attendance credit for this event.

Learn more about Professor James Johnson

James Johnson is a Professor of History and Chair of the History Department at Boston University.  He is a cultural historian who teaches a wide range of courses in European history. His award-winning books, Listening in Paris and Venice Incognito, discuss music, art, and literature in their political and social contexts.  Paris Concealed, now in press, chronicles the changing contours of selfhood between Louis XIV and Modernism and the reasons many undertook to hide or change their identity. 

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