Frost Musicology Lecture Series

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Each of these four weekly lectures in September 2017 with renowned musicologist Frank Cooper, Frost Research Professor Emeritus, will be held at the Weeks Center for Recording and Performance, Clarke Recital Hall. Tickets are available individually or as a four-ticket series.

All events take place at the Weeks Center for Recording and Performance, Clarke Recital Hall (5501 San Amaro Drive, Coral Gables), unless otherwise noted.

Efforts at Understanding

Tuesday, September 5, 7:30 p.m.

This lecture examines how dreams, ideas, and imagery allow us to deal with forces we can neither see nor control, but hope to placate. In this manner, tales beget legends that, in turn, beget myths, offering magical revelations that become embedded in our minds and lives as religion.

Evidence of Muses

NEW DATE! Tuesday, September 26, 7:30 p.m.

This musicology talk addresses humanity’s need to embody, personify, and demystify the unseen powers around us. Rooted in polytheism yet transformed into monotheism, the muses have through the ages adopted changing identities, complex personalities, and multiple attributes that both confound and inspire.

Value of Muses

NEW DATE! Thursday, October 5, 7:30 p.m.

In this presentation, Professor Emeritus Cooper considers our debt to intuitive insight and enlightenment. We are fascinated by those who strive beyond the mundane and, through will and skill, achieve the extraordinary. We then evaluate them, rank them, and, sometimes, even canonize them as heroes and guiding lights.

The Future of Muses

NEW DATE! Thursday, October 12, 7:30 p.m.

This evening’s lecture addresses the pursuit of ideas through hard work and persistence, opening the portal to epiphanies and flashes of illumination. The human subconscious then erupts into our awareness to solve problems or even create a masterpiece. The muses may respond to our needs—but only when and as they will.