• Dr. Dana Zenobi
    Dr. Dana Zenobi
The Representations Lecture Series welcomes Visiting Professor of Music  Dr. Dana Zenobi and features David Utterback.

The Sarofim School of Fine Arts is pleased to present Representations, a brown bag lecture series that features current and upcoming research by Southwestern University faculty whose focus is on representations in art and culture. The lectures are short conference-style papers followed by questions, and they are to serve as a model for students on how to conduct formal presentations in their respective fields.

Lecture Overview:

Nadia Boulanger (1887-1979) is renowned as a teacher, mentor and conductor  However, her work as a composer, specifically in the art song genre, is less widely recognized. Her younger sister and pupil, Lili Boulanger (1893-1918), was the first woman to win the Prix de Rome (1913) in composition.  Yet, Lili Boulanger’s art songs are infrequently programmed, published, and taught.  Despite Lili’s prestigious prize and Nadia’s indisputable stature as a pedagogue, societal resistance to females as creators of art exerted, and still exerts, a limiting effect on the reception of these two prodigious musical talents’ creative work.  This lecture recital presents selected songs by both composers, contextualized by a discussion of the gender dynamics at play in their professional and artistic lives, with the goal of detailing their stylistic contributions to the canon of French mélodie.  

The Representations Lecture Series is free and open to the public.