Guest lecturer Dr. Jamie Currie of the University of Buffalo's musicology faculty will open this year's Hillman Opera activities with a presentation, "Puccini's Late Style," on Monday at 6 p.m. in Rosch Recital Hall at SUNY Fredonia. The event is free and the public is invited to attend.
Dr. Currie's previous teaching includes positions at Loyola University in New Orleans and Columbia University, where he held a postdoctoral position in the Society of Fellows in the Humanities.
He is a noted scholar in a wide variety of forums and disciplines. His work in philosophy, sociology, comparative literature, poetics, and musicology has been concerned with investigating the interactions and tensions between music, politics, and philosophy.
His recent book, released in August by the Indiana University Press, is entitled, "Music and the Politics of Negation." In addition to his scholarly research and writing, Professor Currie is a poet and performance artist.
This is the third annual Hillman Opera Scholar presentation, sponsored by the Hillman Opera and the Musicology Area of the Fredonia School of Music.
The annual Hillman Opera production of Puccini's, "Sour Angelica," and "Gianni Schicchi" opens Thursday, Nov. 8, at 7:30 p.m., and runs through Sunday, Nov. 11, with a 2 p.m. matinee.
The Hillman Opera, soon to reach its 60th anniversary, is one of the most treasured and longest running traditions of SUNY Fredonia.