International Conference: Women at the Piano 1848-1970

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International Conference: Women at the Piano 1848-1970

Organized by Dr. Joe Davies and Professor Natasha Loges (Hochschule für Musik Freiburg)
Keynote Speaker: Professor Jann Pasler, UC San Diego
Keynote Recitalist: Antonio Oyarzabal 


March 16 - 19, 2023

Contemporary Arts Center
First Floor Conference Room
Third Floor Colloquium Room, 3201

Winifred Smith Hall

This conference seeks to broaden out – historically and geographically – the discourse surrounding professional women pianists between 1848 and 1970. These years witnessed sustained interest in public piano performance, both onstage and in recording, against a backdrop of socio-political and technological change, from the 1848 revolutions, through two World Wars, to the decline of imperialism and the rise of second-wave feminism. The conference not only contributes to developments in gender studies, but also explores the piano as an instrument of globalism, colonialism, and mobility, with particular implications for women.


      Sat., March 18 at 6:00 p.m.
Performance: Antonio Oyarzabal, pianist
Winifred Smith Hall
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The conference is generously supported by the University of California, Irvine, UCI Illuminations, the European Commission, and the Women in Global Music Network (WIGM).

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Thursday Mar 16, 2023, 2:00 pm to Sunday Mar 19, 2023, 6:00 pm
Saturday Mar 18, 2023, 6:00 pm
Sunday Mar 19, 2023, 6:00 pm