Sunday, April 30 at 4:00 pm

Speaker Series: Jeremy Yudkin on Bob Dylan: Poet? Prophet? Nobel Laureate?

Join us on Sunday, April 30, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. for a talk by Jeremy Yudkin on the first part of Bob Dylan’s career, from 1962, when he made his first recording, to 1975, when Blood on the Tracks was released.  Through recordings and video clips, Mr. Yudkin shall demonstrate the vast range of Dylan’s talent, both musical and literary, and debunk the widespread notion that he cannot sing.  Finally he shall discuss the question of his Nobel Prize for Literature.  Was that a crazy move by the Nobel Committee or an inspired choice?

Jeremy Yudkin is professor of music and Director of the Center for Beethoven Research at Boston University.  He also serves as Associated Faculty of the Center for Judaic Studies and the Department of African American Studies.  He served for many years as Visiting Professor of Music at Oxford University.  He received his B.A. and M.A. in Classics and Modern Languages from Cambridge University and his Ph.D. in Historical Musicology from Stanford University.  He is the recipient of fellowships from the Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation Fellowship, Boston University’s Center for the Humanities, the Camargo Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Professor Yudkin’s principal fields of research include medieval music, early Beethoven, popular music, and jazz.  He has taught classes on medieval polyphony, the Beatles, Beethoven, Bartok, Bob Dylan, and Miles Davis among many others.  Jeremy Yudkin is perhaps best known for his definitive textbook Music in Medieval Europe and his highly successful music-appreciation textbook Understanding Music, which is used by approximately twenty thousand students across North America every year.  The video Inside the Orchestra that he produced, detailing the history and function of the classical symphony orchestra, was the winner of a 2005 Telly Award for outstanding non-broadcast educational video.

He is a contributor to The Harvard Dictionary of Music, has served as an advisor to the Smithsonian Institution for the Smithsonian Collection of Classic Jazz, and is a consultant on jazz to the Oxford English Dictionary.  He is the author of nine books.  Jeremy travels around the country presenting lectures on music for One-Day University, and his Boston University course on Bob Dylan was the subject of a feature article in the Washington Post, as well as of national news in South Korea and Canada.  For the past thirty-three years he has presented the pre-concert lectures for the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood.  These are presented every Friday and Saturday afternoon throughout the summer at the Lenox Library.



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