Music in American Culture Series (MACS)

Each year the Department of Music sponsors a number of lectures as part of its Music in American Culture Series. Topics of the lectures in the series range from examining the role of music in determining identity during the Civil War to proposed UN legislation that aims to safeguard traditional musics to discussions of the socio-political role of women's music in India to the analysis of racial identity in songs in prominent musicals. MACS lectures are hosted in an array venues around the city of Williamsburg, most frequently Ewell Recital Hall, Tucker Hall, and the Williamsburg Regional Library Theatre.

For a complete list of all of our upcoming MACS lectures, please view our Events Calendar.

Thursday, November 17th 2016, 7pm          Williamsburg Regional Library    
"From the Musical Stage to Television: Disney's Phineas and Ferb"

Michael Saffle, Professor of Music and Humanities at Virginia Tech, is an award-winning teacher and scholar.  He publishes widely on American popular Music as well as television and film music.  

Long ago musical comedy moved from Broadway to the silver screen, and now it's migrating to TV.  Animated cartoons are the latest phase  of musical-comedy evolution: serialized and digitalized small-screen musicals, complete with catchy songs.  Learn about how musical comedies have always been put together, and how television is becoming their next best public place.

Monday, February 29, 2016   7:00pm    Blow Hall, Room 332

"European Pianists in Nineteenth-Century America:  Performers, Pianos, Managers, and Audiences"

A lecture by Prof. R. Allen Lott, Senior Associate Dean and Professor of Music, Southwest Baptist Theological Seminary, Ft. Worth, Texas

During the nineteenth century, five celebrated pianists visited more than one hundred American cities and helped transform American culture.  Concert traditions were established, the impresario as a career was invented, and audiences with a variety of motives and backgrounds savored sublime musical experiences.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016    7:00pm    Williamsburg Regional Library Theater (Scotland Street)

"'She Takes up Music as a Profession': Southern Women Musicians in Post-Civil War America"

A lecture by Prof. Candace Bailey, Professor of Music at North Carolina Central University

The impact of the Civil War on the lives of Southern women was profound, but differed depending on individuals' class and ethnicity.  Prof. Bailey examines how some women turned pre-War musical "accomplishment" into income, and investigates how three generations of women from different classes and ethnic backgrounds used music to help them adapt to changed cultural and social conditions.

Friday, April 1, 2016    12:00pm    Ewell Recital Hall

"Traversing Indigenous Landscapes through Sacred Geographies of Song"

A lecture by Prof. Chad S. Hamill, Ph.D., Special Advisor to the President on Native American Affairs, Chair and Associate Professor, Applied Indigenous Studies, Northern Arizona University