stravinsky in america

Celebrating An Icon

To mark the 50th anniversary of Igor Stravinsky’s passing, our college hosted a three-day festival from February 17 - 19, 2022. This international event celebrated Stravinsky’s music, with a special focus on his life and work in America, from 1939 to 1971. We hosted a series of exciting performances by all areas of the College of Music & Dramatic Arts, as well as engaging lectures and presentations from globally renowned scholars and researchers.

Festival Information

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Thursday, February 17, 2022

9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

  • Analyzing Stravinsky
    Joseph Straus (CUNY Graduate Center), chair
    • Maureen Carr (Penn State), “Climbing the Tower of Additive Construction: The Final Movement of Stravinsky’s Symphony in Three Movements
    • Lina Sofia Tabak (CUNY Graduate Center), “Hypermeter in Stravinsky? A Transformational Approach”
    • David Keep (Hope College), “Ritual Dances: The Tarantella Finale, The ‘Sacrificial Dance,’ and Stravinsky’s Strategies in the Symphony in Three Movements
    • Jack Boss (University of Oregon), “Stravinskian vs. Schoenbergian Neoclassicism, Reexamined”
    • Mark Richardson (East Carolina University), “Stravinsky’s Steps Toward Serialism with a Return to Dance: The Genesis of Agon

1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

  • Stravinsky’s Reception History I
    Lynn Garafola (Barnard College, Columbia University), chair
    • Chandler Carter (Hofstra University), “Stravinsky’s Love/Hate Relationship with American Opera Companies”
    • Patrick Domico (Indiana University Bloomington), “Performing Neoclassicism: Koussevitzky and Stravinsky’s Ode”
    • Craig B. Parker (Kansas State University), “Stravinsky and the Los Angeles Music Festival”

Friday, February 18, 2022

9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

  • Stravinsky and the Russian Tradition
    Inessa Bazayev (LSU), chair
    • Anna Schmidtmann (University of Oxford, UK), “Stravinsky’s Late Works: Converting Counterpoint?”
    • Gretchen Horlacher (University of Maryland-College Park), “A ‘Russian Popular Tune:’ Stravinsky on Stravinsky”
    • Ivan Moody (Universidade Nova, Lisbon), “Stravinsky’s Canticum Sacrum and Requiem Canticles as refractions of Russian Orthodox Musical Culture”
    • David Smyth (LSU), “Emblems of Antiquity: Some Sketches for Stravinsky’s Mass
    • Campbell Shiflett (Princeton University), “On the Origin of Stravinsky’s Symphonies of Wind Instruments”

1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

  • Stravinsky’s Reception History II
    Chandler Carter (Hofstra University), chair
    • Michael Palmese (Maynooth University, Ireland), “Sovietizing Stravinsky: The 1965 Bolshoi Ballet Production of The Rite of Spring
    • Jennifer Messelink (McGill University), “‘It’s Not Stravinsky but It’s a Lot of Fun:’ Stravinsky’s Place in Postwar Popular Music”
    • Lynn Garafola (Barnard College, Columbia University), “The 1936 Production Of Les Noces In New York”

Saturday, February 19, 2022

9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

  • Stravinsky: Views from East and West
    Maureen Carr (Penn State), chair
    • Olga Manulkina (St. Petersburg State University), “Stravinsky: A View from Leningrad of the 1960s and 1970s”
    • Don Traut (University of Arizona), “Olin Downes and America’s Russianization of Stravinsky”
    • Scott Gleason (Grove Music Online), “Stravinsky in the Princeton School”
    • Klára Móricz (Amherst College), “The Burden of Chronos: The Genealogy of Stravinsky’s Concept of Musical Time”

1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

  • American Perspectives on Stravinsky
    Lynne Rogers (Mannes School of Music at The New School), chair
    • Philip Stoecker (Hofstra University), “George Perle’s Perspectives on Stravinsky”
    • Danielle Ward-Griffin (Rice University), “Mediating the Middlebrow: Stravinsky’s The Flood and Music on American Television”
    • Paul Mauffray (independent scholar), “Stravinsky in New Orleans, ‘The Soldier’s Tale’ as Retold by Wynton Marsalis in ‘A Fiddler’s Tale’”

Thursday, February 17, 2022

Inessa Bazayev
Welcome to the Festival

Analyzing Stravinsky

Virtual Meet and Greet


Stravinsky’s Reception History I

Keynote with Q&A: Joseph Straus (CUNY Graduate Center), “A Portrait of the Composer as an Old Man”

Chamber Recital 1


Friday, February 18, 2022

Stravinsky and the Russian Tradition

Virtual Meet and Greet


Stravinsky's Reception History II

Keynote with Q&A: Lynne Rogers (Mannes School of Music at the New School), “From Chinese Checkers to Abraham and Isaac: Compositional Games in Stravinsky’s Late Music”

Chamber Recital 2


Saturday, February 19, 2022

Stravinsky: Views from East and West

Virtual Meet and Greet


American Perspectives on Stravinsky

Keynote with Q&A: Stephanie Jordan (University of Roehampton), “Serial Stravinsky Dances: Choreomusical Interactions with George Balanchine”

Union Theater Concert (with pre-concert virtual presentation by Prof. Jordan)

Symposium Guests

We welcomed several distinguished guest lecturers and performers to participate in the symposium.

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Stephanie Jordan

Emeritus Research Professor
University of Roehampton (London)

Prof. Jordan’s work on Stravinsky and dance began when she was commissioned by the George Balanchine Foundation, New York as project director for the analytical video Music Dances: Balanchine Choreographs Stravinsky (2002).

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Lynne Rogers

Edward Aldwell Professor
The New School (New York City)

Prof. Rogers's research on Igor Stravinsky’s music appears in The Cambridge Stravinsky Encyclopedia, Stravinsky in Context, and The Rite of Spring at 100, as well as in Journal of the Royal Musical Association, Music Theory Spectrum, and more.

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Joseph Straus

Distinguished Professor of Music Theory
CUNY Graduate Center

With a specialization in music since 1900, Prof. Straus has written numerous technical music-theoretical articles and scholarly monographs on a variety of topics in modernist music, including Remaking the Past: Musical Modernism and the Influence of the Tonal Tradition (Harvard Press 1990).


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The Bugallo-Williams Piano Duo

The Bugallo-Williams Piano Duo has been presenting innovative programs of contemporary music throughout North America and Europe since 1995. Helena Bugallo and Amy Williams perform cutting-edge new works and masterpieces of the twentieth century for piano four-hands and two pianos. They have premiered dozens of works, many of which were written especially for the Duo, and they have worked directly with such renowned composers as David Lang, Peter Eötvos, Louis Andriessen, Lukas Foss, Steve Reich, Bernard Rands, Betsy Jolas and Kevin Volans. They also collaborate with composers who explore new approaches to the piano through multimedia applications, electronics, and extended techniques.