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2007 Events

A Tour Through the History of Classical Music
Tekla Babyak, piano

3pm Sunday October 28, 2007
Center for the Arts
Homer, NY


There will be a piano concert of classical music at 3:00pm on Sunday October 28, 2007 at the Center for the Arts in Homer, NY. Tekla Babyak, a graduate student in musicology at Cornell University, will present the music of Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Debussy and Zyman. The theme of the concert is "A Tour through the History of Classical Music". It is hoped that this concert will be the beginning of a series, with later concerts focusing on individual composers or time periods.

There is no admission fee. The event is supported by a NYSCA Decentralization grant obtained through the Cultural Resources Council of Onondaga County and by a grant from the New York State Music Fund established by the New York State Attorney General at the Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors.

Tekla Babyak is not a stranger to the Cortland area; this past summer, she performed at the Arts and Wine Festival in the Courthouse Park. At that event, her insightful commentary and infectious enthusiasm for the music that she played made the her performance even more interesting . As a student of musicology, Babyak brings more to a performance than the polished execution of notes at the keyboard. Listeners will also get a sense of the stylistic, artistic and cultural context of the music.

Tekla Babyak is a fifth-year Ph.D. candidate in musicology at Cornell University, which awarded her a Master's Degree in January 2007. She received a 2003 Mellon Fellowship in Humanistic Studies, and is a recipient of the Jacob Javits Fellowship for 2004-2008. Her research focuses on musical aesthetics, specifically representation of music in philosophy and literature. During this semester (Fall 2007), she is teaching a Freshman Writing Seminar at Cornell, "Representing the Other: Exoticism in Western Music", which explores the ways in which Orientalist music represents racial and geographical difference.

Babyak is currently working on her Ph.D. dissertation that focuses on gender and sexuality in Nietzsche's musical aesthetics. She identifies characters, scenes and musical features that may have motivated some of Nietzsche’s generalized observations about Wagnerian opera.

It is a great asset to the community to have an individual with such a wide range of interests, both in the understanding of the nature of music and its relation to other disciplines. Babyak's concert and commentary in this "Tour through the History of Classical Music" will provide food for thought, in addition to inspiring music.