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Music: An Act of Social Integration?

Emmanuel Hondré
April 5th, 2016
12:00 PM


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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Forum for Scholars and Publics (Old Chem 011)

Noon - 1:30 pm

Light lunch available at 11:45.

Since the 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris, the act of attending music concerts (whether classical, pop, jazz, or rock) has taken on new meaning. Concerts have become a symbol of freedom and resistance opposing ideologies that radically deny artistic liberty. Yet, even at a time when societies are affirming the importance of concerts from a social, humanistic, and political standpoint, it is nevertheless important to push the boundaries of social conventions by envisaging new forms and new practices of public concerts. The recent construction of the Paris Philharmonic was designed with precisely this in mind: experimenting with how we “make music together” as a way to transgress social and cultural boundaries. Moderated by Laurent Dubois.

Emmanuel Hondré

Philharmonie de Paris

Dr. Emmanuel Hondré studied at the Conservatoire National de Musique et de Danse in Paris, winning three first prizes in history of music (1992), aesthetics (1994) and musicology (2000). After his PhD (Tours University, 2001) and teaching history of music at the Conservatoire du Centre de Paris, the École Nationale Supérieure des Techniques Avancées and the Centre d’Art Polyphonique de Paris, he took up the post of Music Editor at the Cité de la Musique in 1997, where he was later appointed Head of cultural services at the Musée de la Musique (2002), following which, Director of Production of Cité de la Musique and Salle Pleyel (2005). He is currently Director of the Concerts Department at the Philharmonie de Paris – Cité de la musique (500 concerts per season). He is regularly invited to give lectures and conduct seminars on programming, management and musical life today (Paris, Lyon, Genève, Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Shanghai). He is member of various committees of experts : French British Committee for contemporary music (London), French German Committee for contemporary music – Impuls (Berlin), French American Cultural Exchange (New York). He is also regularly invited to be a jury member (IVth International Competition of Opera Singers – Galina Vischnevskaïa Opera Center Moscou 2012, VIIth International Competition of Opera Singers Saint Petersburg 2015, Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition 2016).