Author and cultural commentator Norman Lebrecht to speak at the Conservatory on November 18, 2010.


Norman Lebrecht, author of Why Mahler? will speak at the Conservatory about how composer Gustav Mahler's ten symphonies changed the world. 2010 is the 150th anniversary of Mahler's birth and the 100th anniversary of his death. Additionally, Lebrecht, host of BBC Radio 3's Lebrecht Interview, will speak about the state of music in the 21st century. A collection of Lebrecht columns will be published this year in China, the first such anthology by any Western cultural writer. A Lebrecht conversation appears monthly in The Strad, magazine of the strings professions.

Lebrecht's visit to UMKC's Conservatory is part of a year-long series of events that opened on London's South Bank September 2010, and includes stops at Carnegie Mellon and Yale.

Lebrecht will give two talks in White Recital Hall at the Olson Performing Arts Center on UMKC's Campus. 

The first, 1:15–2:15 p.m. will be on Mahler.  The second talk, 2:20-3:20, will be on music in the 21st century.  The event will conclude by 3:45 PM.  Both talks are free and open to the public.

For more information, please contact:

Name: Dana Self
Phone: 816-235-2949