Special Events

Wednesday, November 12

Pre-Conference Symposium: “Music and Labor”
8:00am-8:00pm
Ballroom 3

Regular registration: $15. Student registration: $5
Select this event in the online conference registration form.

The pre-conference symposium on “Music and Labor” is inspired by Pittsburgh’s long history of labor unions and class warfare, from the age of robber barons to the twenty-first century restructuring of the economy around information, technology, and culture. The conference addresses the role of music in the history of workers, labor unions (including musician’s unions), social justice, and human rights. Marcus Rediker, Distinguished Professor of Atlantic History at the University of Pittsburgh, will deliver the keynote lecture entitled “Sonic History from Below: Reflections on the Music and the Sea.” With illustrations drawn from his work on sailors, slaves, tall ships, and port cities, Rediker will show how music fits into a “history from below.” The symposium has already generated a great deal of enthusiasm and promises to be both timely and important.

Sponsored by the 2014 Local Arrangements Committee

Preliminary Program

Website for keynote lecturer:
http://www.marcusrediker.com

 

Thursday, November 13

Lunchtime Concert: Irish Music and Dance
12:30-1:30pm
Ballroom Foyer

A free workshop of Irish social dance, Ceili (pronounced “kay-lee”), with live music and on-the-floor dance instruction. This event will be held in association with the Pittsburgh Ceili Club and the Shovlin Academy of Irish Dance. Everyone is welcome to join in and experience the warmth of the local Irish community.

Sponsored by the 2014 Local Arrangements Committee

Website:
http://www.pittsburghceiliclub.org/Pittsburgh_Ceili_Club/Welcome.html

 

Welcome Reception
5:30-7:30pm
King’s Garden 3-5

Light food and cash bar. All conference attendees are encouraged to attend. Pitt’s Carpathian Ensemble (led by Adriana Helbig) will set the mood with folk and popular tunes from Eastern Europe.

Made possible with a grant from the University of Pittsburgh Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, Dean N. John Cooper.

Website:
http://www.music.pitt.edu/carpathian

 

East European Dance Party
7:30-9:30pm
King’s Garden 3-5

The Welcome Reception festivities continue with a Balkan and East European Dance Party, in which Balkanalia from University of Illinois (led by Donna Buchanan) will join the Carpathian Ensemble.

Sponsored by the 2014 Local Arrangements Committee

 

Friday, November 14

Lunchtime Concert: Pitt African Music and Dance Ensemble (PAMDE)
12:30-1:30pm
Commonwealth 1-2 (Video-Streaming Room)

Join Pitt’s African Music and Dance Ensemble for an energetic exploration of traditional drum and dance music, including music for the harvest, the hunt, for comfort, and much more. Led by master drummer Yamoussa Camara, the group features students from the University of Pittsburgh.

Sponsored by the 2014 Local Arrangements Committee

Website:
http://www.music.pitt.edu/amde

 

Special Roundtable: Reflections on Two Classic Works on their Fiftieth Anniversary: Bruno Nettl’s Theory and Method in Ethnomusicology and Alan Merriam’s The Anthropology of Music
4:00-5:30pm
Commonwealth 1-2 (Video-Streaming Room)

In this roundtable, second and third generation scholars of ethnomusicology will reflect on these two significant works published in 1964 and assess the current state of the field.

Sponsored by the 2014 Local Arrangements Committee

 

Concert: Dangdut Cowboys
8:00-10:00pm
Ballroom 3-4

Pittsburgh group Dangdut Cowboys, led by Andrew Weintraub, will perform Indonesia’s distinctive dance music dangdut (pronounced dahng-DUT). Created in the early 1970s, the genre blends Malay, Indian, Arabic, Latin, and Western musical elements. Dangdut Cowboys mixes classic dangdut songs with country, blues, rock, and reggae. Audience members are encouraged to dance.

Sponsored by the 2014 Local Arrangements Committee

Website:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9J9iOwguJE

 

Saturday, November 15

Pittsburgh Tours: Cathedral of Learning OR the Andy Warhol Museum
12:00-2:00pm
Meet in the Wyndham Grand Hotel lobby at 12:00pm

Andy Warhol Museum admission and transportation: $25.
University of Pittsburgh Nationality Rooms admission and transportation: $15
Select either event in the online conference registration form.

Choose between a tour of the University of Pittsburgh’s Cathedral of Learning or the Andy Warhol Museum. The historic Cathedral of Learning, a late-Gothic Revival skyscraper, is the tallest educational building in the Western hemisphere. We invite you to visit the Cathedral’s 29 Nationality Rooms – classrooms with museum-quality art and architecture donated by the cultural and ethnic communities of Pittsburgh – and the beautiful Heinz Memorial Chapel next door, whose stonework and stained glass combine secular and religious themes. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle bus to the Andy Warhol Museum, with an extensive permanent collection of art and archives from the Pittsburgh-born pop icon Andy Warhol. Located on Pittsburgh’s North Shore, the Andy Warhol Museum is the largest museum in the U.S. devoted to a single artist.

Sponsored by the Local Arrangements Committee

Website for University of Pittsburgh’s Cathedral of Learning:
http://www.nationalityrooms.pitt.edu/about/cathedral-learning

Website for Andy Warhol Museum:
http://www.warhol.org

 

Lunchtime Concert: University of Pittsburgh Gamelan
12:30-1:30pm
Ballroom Foyer

The University Gamelan, led by Dr. Indra Ridwan, will perform Sundanese music of West Java, Indonesia. The group is made up of Pitt students and members of the local Pittsburgh community.

Sponsored by the 2014 Local Arrangements Committee

Website:
http://www.ucis.pitt.edu/gamelan

 

Concert: African Popular Music
8:00-10:00pm
Ballroom 3-4

Ethnomusicologists will join local musicians for a performance featuring popular music from around the African continent. The ambiance will be festive and audience members are encouraged to dance.

Sponsored by the 2014 Local Arrangements Committee

 

Cruze Bar
1600 Smallman St., Pittsburgh
10:00pm-2:00am
Meet in the Wyndham Grand Hotel lobby at 10:00pm

The SEM Gender and Sexuality Task Force invites you to celebrate its tenth anniversary by hosting a social night at Cruze Bar (located within walking distance of the conference hotel).

Co-sponsored by the 2014 Local Arrangements Committee and the SEM Gender and Sexuality Task Force

Website:
http://www.cruzebar.com