Past Events



Caribbean Borderlands and Sonic Encounter (Day 2)

Feb 23, 2024 at - | Max Kade Center, Room 329-A, 3401 Walnut Street Philadelphia, PA

“Caribbean Borderlands and Sonic Encounter” invites participants to engage with the various registers at which borderlands operate, connect, interrupt, energize, and otherwise inform and shape Caribbean musical lives and sonic encounters. 



Caribbean Borderlands and Sonic Encounter (Day 1)

Feb 22, 2024 at - | Max Kade Center, Room 329-A, 3401 Walnut Street Philadelphia, PA

“Caribbean Borderlands and Sonic Encounter” invites participants to engage with the various registers at which borderlands operate, connect, interrupt, energize, and otherwise inform and shape Caribbean musical lives and sonic encounters. 



“Making Sacred All the Whispers of the World”: The Cabaretesque and the Aesthetics of Trauma

27th Annual Joseph and Rebecca Meyerhoff Lecture in Judaic Studies
Feb 20, 2024 at - | Fisher-Bennett Hall - Rose Recital Hall, Room 419, 4th Floor, 3340 Walnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19104

Drawing upon Philip Bohlman's decades-long engagement with the performance and study of Jewish music on the cabaret stage, especially with his ensemble, the New Budapest Orpheum Society, the 27th annual Meyerhoff Lecture explores the paths that lead beyond the paradox, even in the moments of greatest trauma.



In the Salon of Pauline Viardot

Feb 16, 2024 at - | Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center - Class of 1978 Orrery Pavilion, Kislak Center, 6th floor, 3420 Walnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19104

Night Music Ensemble performs with Meg Bragle for the music series Music in the Pavilion, which takes place in the beautiful sixth-floor Class of 1978 Orrery Pavilion in Van Pelt Library with a preconcert talk from Hilary Poriss (Northeastern University) at 6:15 PM.



Interspecies Communication: Sound and Music Beyond Humanity

Colloquium Lecture by Gavin Steingo
Feb 13, 2024 at - | Penn Music Building - Lerner 101, 201 S. 34th Street Philadelphia, PA 19104

This talk offers a précis of Steingo's new book, Interspecies Communication: Sound and Music Beyond Humanity (University of Chicago Press)In the book, he examines significant cases of attempted communication beyond the human—cases in which the dualistic relationship of human to non-human is dramatically challenged.



Just-noticeably Human (JNH): Musical Humanness in the Age of Digital Automation

Colloquium Lecture by Steven Takasugi
Jan 30, 2024 at - | Penn Music Building - Lerner 101, 201 S. 34th Street Philadelphia, PA 19104

Composer Steven Takasugi believes it is a composer’s inquiry into perception from an intuitive, metaphorical vantage point. This lecture applies this concept to experiential material and form in the troubled age of automation, in hopes of computer-assisted, technologically critical artworks.



Penn Musical Interfaces and Robotics Showcase

Dec 13, 2023 at - | Fisher-Bennett Hall - Rose Recital Hall, Room 419, 4th Floor, 3340 Walnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19104

Explore a performance showcase that features a collection of instruments and sound installations designed by students from the Musical Interfaces and Robotics class.