Amarcord Concert Insights – Emotions Make History

For Amarcord‘s Australian tour Musica Viva is working with the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions to offer a series of special, free pre-concert talks.

The ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions (CHE) works to recover the long history of emotions in everyday life, literature, art and music. CHE aims to use this historical knowledge to improve contextual understanding of musical performance and expression in the past, and to shed new light on the emotional behaviour and health of modern Australians. Our long-term European heritage remains one of our strongest cultural influences, shaping the world we live in today. Understanding this heritage enriches our personal lives, revitalizes our culture, and empowers us to make good political and social decisions for our future.

The talks that accompany Amarcord’s tour of Australia offer a diverse range of insights that centralize the importance of CHE’s research. The historical traditions associated with the depiction and communication of strong emotions such as love, are explored investigating the various uses of music, texts and the singing voice for affective outcomes.

Tues 17 July, 6.45pm, Perth Concert Hall (foyer)
Profs Philippa Maddern and Jane Davidson, Director and Deputy Director, ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions; Faculty of Arts, University of Western Australia
The power of singing

Thurs 19 July, 6.45pm, Adelaide Town Hall (function room)
Dr Katie Barclay, Postdoctoral Fellow for the Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions; Department of History and Politics, University of Adelaide
‘My songs annoy the public?’: Singing in the Irish Magistrate’s Court

Sydney Sat 21 July, 1.15pm Sydney City Recital Hall (function room)
Dr Alan Maddox, Associate Investigator CHE; Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney
The rhetoric of the emotions: how music stirs the passions of the soul

Tues 24 July, 6.15pm Canberra Llewellyn Hall (seminar / function room)
Dr Merridee Bailey, Associate Investigator CHE; Australian National University, History College of Arts and Sciences
Love and Marriage in History: Devotion, Lust, Despair and Betrayal

Thurs 26 July, 7.15pm, Melbourne Recital Centre (function room)
Dr Samantha Owens, Associate Investigator CHE; School of Music, University of Queensland
Believing, singing, learning: A brief history of the St Thomas Boys’ Choir

Sat 28 July, 6.45pm, Newcastle Conservatorium Concert Hall (concert hall)
Dr Rosalind Halton, CHE collaboratory presenter, Conservatorium of Music, University of Newcastle
From monastery to glee club

Mon 30 July, 6.15pm, City Recital Hall (function room)
Professor Barry Spurr, Associate Investigator CHE; Chair of Poetry and Poetics, University of Sydney
Romantic love in nineteenth-century poetry

Tues 31 July, 6.15pm, Melbourne Recital Centre (function room)
Professor Stephanie Trigg, Chief Investigator and Program Leader CHE; Department of English, University of Melbourne
The Aspirant Body: Love, Death and Song

Wed 1 August, 6.15pm, Brisbane Queensland Conservatorium (upstairs foyer)
Dr Samantha Owens, Associate Investigator CHE; School of Music, University of Queensland
Believing, singing, learning: A brief history of the St Thomas Boys’ Choir

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