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Summer Sunset Series: A’Tiya Flow by Nalaverse & Drumming by Hyun Jin Cha

On Friday, July 30, 2021 at 6:00PM, enjoy a live drumming performance by Hyun Jin Cha at The Rail Park (1300 Noble St, Philadelphia, PA 19123), as part of their 2021 Summer Sunset Series.  
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Mary Channen Caldwell Featured on Penn's "Big Ideas for Strange Times"

Featured on Penn's "Big Ideas for Strange Times," Assistant Professor of Music, Mary Channel Caldwell, answers the question: “How Did People Dance in Medieval Europe?” ABOUT Big Ideas for Strange Times was first introduced in 2020 to feed our need to engage with ideas that transcended the immediate crisis of the pandemic. The series is back and will continue to tackle life’s bigger questions with short lectures from Penn Arts & Sciences experts.  
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World Premiere concerts of the Young Women Composers Camp (YMCC), under the direction of Erin Busch

Penn Graduate Student in Composition, Erin Busch runs a program called the Young Women Composers Camp (YWCC), which is in its final day of virtual sessions today and has hosted 45 female and nonbinary students from all over the world. On Sat. 8/7 at 7:30pm and Sun. 8/8 at 2pm, World Premiere concerts will take place over Youtube and Facebook Live.
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Mary Channen Caldwell Answers the Question: 'What Was the Earliest Music?'

Assistant Professor of Music, Mary Channel Caldwell, whose research focuses on repertoires of European vocal music ca. 1100-1600, answers a Gizmodo journalist's question about the earliest form of musical notation. Read her answer online!  
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EMA Announces Gwyn Roberts, Director of Penn Baroque and Recorder Ensembles is Recipient of 2021 Thomas Binkley Award

Gwyn Roberts will receive the Thomas Binkley Award for outstanding achievement in performance and scholarship by the director of a university or college early music ensemble for her work with the University of Pennsylvania’s Early Music Ensemble and students at the Peabody Institute and Amherst Early Music.
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Eugene Lew, lecturer and Director of Sound & Music Technology, reflects on over a year without live performance

Eugene Lew is a lecturer and Director of Sound & Music Technology for the Music Department. In a recent article published in OMNIA, the magazine of Penn’s School of Arts and Sciences, Eugene reflects on over a year without live performances, and describes the experience shifting from in-person events to using collaborative online technology.  Read the full piece online at OMNIA.  
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"Listening Through Art" featuring Carol Muller, Professor of Music in conversation with Ernesto Pujol

The third episode of The PARK podcast, “Listening Through Art,” features Ernesto Pujol, a site-specific performance artist and social choreographer based in Puerto Rico. And Carol Muller, Professor of Music (ethnomusicology) at Penn who has published widely on South African music both at home and in exile.
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Dr. Bo kyung Blenda Im (Ph.d. Ethnomusicology 2019) Global Korean Diasporas Postdoctoral Fellow for academic year 2021-22

The Korea Institute is pleased to announce the Global Korean Diasporas Postdoctoral Fellow for academic year 2021-22: Dr. Bo kyung Blenda Im.
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Collegium Musicum performs "Mille Regretz" by Josquin des Prez

As soon as stay-at-home orders were implemented last spring 2020, the Music Department Ensembles shifted from in-person rehearsals to virtual ones. Despite being unable to hear the group’s collective sound, they continued rehearsing together and maintained a strong sense of community, supporting one another through a shared interest and passion for music. After well over a year, some Ensembles were able to hold final rehearsals in-person and the Performance Office was able to document them!
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Remembering James Primosch

The Department of Music mourns the loss of our colleague Jim Primosch, who passed away on Monday, April 26, 2021 at the age of 64. He was a composer and pianist and the Robert Weiss Professor of Music at the University of Pennsylvania. Jim joined the faculty in 1988 and enjoyed a distinguished career in which he firmly established himself as a major figure in the arts community here in Philadelphia while also rising to national and international prominence.