2020-2021 Season

Thursday, March 4, 2021 

Harvey J. Stokes On His Music 

Online Lecture, 1:30pm EST    Not ticketed

Composer and oboist Harvey J. Stokes is Professor of Music at Hampton University, where he also is the Founder and Director of the Computer Music Laboratory. He previously taught at Miami University, Christopher Newport University, and the College of William and Mary. His degrees are from Michigan State University (Ph. D.), The University of Georgia (M. M.), and East Carolina University (B. M.).  Dr. Stokes is a recipient of the 2017-18 Edward L. Hamm Sr. Distinguished Teaching Award at Hampton University. Currently, he serves on the National Council of the Society of Composers as well as the National Association of Composers USA, and is a former President of the Southeastern Composers League.

Dr. Stokes is an award-winning composer of numerous works available from Subito/Seesaw Music, Ars Nova Music Press, Centaur Records, Albany Records, and Harkie Music. His music has been performed recently in Hong Kong, Argentina, France, Canada, and the United States. The author of books on the Italian Serialists and the analysis of oratorios, Dr. Stokes has performed with the Tidewater Winds, the Symphonicity Orchestra of Virginia Beach, the Virginia Symphony, the Millennium Symphony, the Norfolk Chamber Consort, and the Royal Ethiopian Philharmonic.

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Meeting ID: 930 2785 0137  Passcode: 984742


Monday, March 22, 2021 

Janie Geiser: Puppets, Film, and More 

Online Lecture, 12:30pm EST    Not ticketed

Janie Geiser is a multidisciplinary artist whose practice includes performance, film, installation, and visual art. Geiser’s work is known for its recontextualization of abandoned images and objects, its embrace of artifice, and its sense of suspended time.  “Geiser gives voice to the reaches of the unconscious, pointing to the abandoned splendor that exists prior to the rules of society and language.” (—Holly Willis, Res, 2004).

One of the pioneers of the renaissance of American avant-garde puppet theater, Geiser creates innovative, hypnotic performances and installations that integrate performing objects, puppets, and projection. Geiser’s work has been recognized with a Doris Duke Artist Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and an OBIE Award. Geiser’s films are in the collections of MOMA, The NY Public Library’s Donnell Media Center, CalArts, and others. Her film The Red Book is part of the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. The Academy of Motion Pictures Archive has selected her work for preservation, and The Fourth Watch (2000) was selected by Film Comment as one of the top ten experimental films of the past decade.


Meeting ID: 961 4883 7907 Passcode: 015641



Tuesday, April 6, 2021 

Elizabeth McNutt, Extreme Flutist 

Online Lecture, 1:30pm EST    Not ticketed

Passionately devoted to the music of the present, flute virtuoso Elizabeth McNutt is internationally recognized for her performances of innovative contemporary and electroacoustic music.  Collaborating with such recognized figures as Pierre Boulez, Harvey Sollberger, Roger Reynolds, Philippe Manoury, Russell Pinkston, Gerhard Staebler, Joji Yuasa, Pauline Oliveros, George Lewis, and Joan Tower, she has premiered countless works, performing in Europe, Asia, and throughout the U.S. Her solo CD pipe wrench is on the EMF Media label; her other recordings are on the CRI, Centaur, SEAMUS, Navona, and Ravello labels. Her festival appearances include Sonorities (U.K.), Women in Music Today (Korea), Darmstadt (Germany), Third Practice (VA), Electronic Music Midwest (IL), Scotia (Nova Scotia), Norfolk (CT), and Arcosanti (AZ).

McNutt has performed “cyber-flute” repertoire at more than a dozen conferences of the International Computer Music Association and Society of Electro-Acoustic Music United States. She frequently performs as part of the Calliope Duo with pianist Shannon Wettstein; she also directs the Sounds Modern series based at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. Dr. McNutt (DMA, UCSD) has published articles in Organised Sound, Flutist Quarterly, and Music Theory Online; she sometimes blogs about new music at newmusicpioneer.comShe has received grants and fellowships from Arts International, National Foundation for the Advancement of the USArtists International, Open Meadows, Rocky Mountain Women’s Institute, Earle Brown Music Foundation, and American Composers Forum, among others. Dr. McNutt is on the faculty of the University of North Texas, where she teaches flute and directs the new music ensemble, Nova.

Dr. McNutt will discuss her work with new music.


Meeting ID: 938 6967 7040
Passcode: 515410