New Modes of Presentation for Classical Music: The Conductor as an Interdisciplinary Artist

New Modes of Presentation for Classical Music: The Conductor as an Interdisciplinary Artist

Wednesday@Noon Lecture

Wednesday, May 9, 2018
12:10–1 p.m.
Arts Building Music Rehearsal Hall, ARTS 157

Carmen-Helena Téllez, University of Notre Dame


Classical music is undergoing tremendous upheavals in the last few years. Beyond the usual discussions about funding and audience development, classical music conductors must face the more important question of how our art engages with the directions of our society as a whole. Recent social developments and emerging technologies suggest that the conductor must consider the techniques and attitudes of the producer and the interdisciplinary artist. The result would lead us to classical music repertoire offered through new modes of presentation beyond the concert conventions of the 19th century. This lecture will address a few central criteria necessary to meet this new challenge, as represented by a few case studies.

Carmen-Helena Téllez is Professor of Conducting at the University of Notre Dame since 2012.  For 20 years before that,  she was the Sonneborn Professor of Choral Conducting, Director of the Contemporary Vocal Ensemble,  and Director of the Latin American Music Center at Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music.  She has devoted her activities as conductor, producer, scholar and interdisciplinary artist to the promotion of living composers, especially those of the Americas. She has been responsible for dozens of commissions, premieres and first recordings, with both professional and major university ensembles, with major grants from the Mellon and Rockefeller Foundations, among others. Carmen Helena Tellez also pursues professional interdisciplinary projects with the group Kosmologia, based in the city of Chicago.

Free and open to the campus
Information: (951) 827-3245

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