COVID-19 protocols posed a challenge to the Department of Music’s daily rhythms, but their creative adaptations meant they reached more audiences than ever.
Six years ago today, Lee became a free man after 13 years in a medium-security prison in Norfolk, MA, and the world was not the same as he’d left it.
Florence Price was told she had no place in classical music as an African American woman. But against the many odds present in her day and field, the musical pioneer created a space for herself.
Eighty-one years ago, you could walk into a tiny basement club in Greenwich Village (a.k.a. “The Wrong Place for the Right People”) and hear 23-year-old Billie Holiday end her set with a song called “Strange Fruit.”
Alumnus Dr. Joshua Neumann’s innovative musical exploration of Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau earned him the American Musicological Society Thomas Hampson Award for research in classic song.