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The Making of the Modern World: To Be Musical

Eleanor Roosevelt College

The Making of the Modern World: To Be Musical

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Jan 9: Steve Schick "On the Bridge: The Beginnings of Contemporary Percussion Music" Free  
Jan 16: David Borgo "Why Music?" Free  
Jan 30: Aleck Karis "Craft and Tools in Late Beethoven" Free  
Feb 6: Steve Cassedy "How the West Rejected “Nice” Music a Century Ago: Abandoning the Tonal System and Emancipating Dissonance" Free  
Feb 20: Susan Narucki "Utterance, Ritual, Expression: Why Singing Makes Us Human" Free  
Feb 27: Diana Deutsch "Musical Illusions, Perfect Pitch, and Other Curiosities" Free  

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The Making of the Modern World

To Be Musical
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
UC San Diego
Programs will be held on select Wednesdays from 7:00-8:30 PM

What makes music musical?  Why is music such a potent form of human expression?  How does the human brain respond to music?  How do artists select, interpret and perform musical compositions?  What is the relationship between rhythm and melody?  How has technology affected music?  What is distinctive about the human voice as a musical instrument? These and related questions will be explored in a six-part series featuring faculty from the departments of music, literature and psychology.


Steve Schick, Distinguished Professor of Music and renowned percussionist, will begin the series on January 9th and speak about  the importance of percussion music in today's practice of contemporary music.

David Borgo, Professor of Music and award winning jazz musician,  will be speaking and presenting on why humans make music and how we have come to define it.

Aleck Karis, Professor of Music and pianist, will be performing Beethoven's Sonata opus 110 and using it as a focus to discuss how we use the craft and tools of Bethoven to deeply appreciate music today.

Steve Cassedy, Professor of Literature and pianist, will explore the physics of the tonal system and then describe the celebrated efforts to abandon it in the early twentieth century. 

Susan Narucki, Professor of Music and Grammy Award winning soprano, will be performing and discussing how singing has driven-- and been driven by-- our need to communicate and to understand our human experience.

Diana Deutsch, Professor of Psychology, will demonstrate and explor musical illusions and the phenomenon of perfect pitch.


All members of the public are invited.  Note that although the lectures constitute a “series,” each presentation will be distinct and engaging on its own terms.  Seating is limited.  For more information, including on-line registration, please go to


Presented by The Making of the Modern World Program and Eleanor Roosevelt College, in association with Chancellor’s Associates, UCSD Alumni, the Department of Music and Parent and Family Giving.

Have questions about The Making of the Modern World: To Be Musical? Contact Eleanor Roosevelt College


Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Rupertus Way & Russell Ln.
San Diego, CA 92093


Eleanor Roosevelt College


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