CONNECT: Prokofiev and Art Music of World War II

WHEN: Wednesday, May 4th, 2022 at 6PM EST
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Dr. Terry Dean, Associate Professor of Musicology & Gender Studies, Indiana State University
Dr. Ben Arnold, Professor, Lewis Honors Faculty, Coordinator for Musicology & Ethnomusicology, University of Kentucky

In advance of LexPhil’s performance of Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5 in May, join us for a conversation with Dr. Ben Arnold and Dr. Terry Dean exploring how the context of World War II influenced the music of Prokofiev and other composers. Composed in Soviet Russia in the summer of 1944, Prokofiev describes his Fifth Symphony as “praising the free and happy man”. Our conversation will explore Prokofiev’s life, this important symphonic work, and the cultural environment in which it was composed.

Dr. Arnold’s research interests focus on music written in the context of war and Dr. Dean is a specialist in Russian and Soviet Music. Prokofiev was born in Ukraine and while this conversation will not focus on the current crisis and unfolding tragedy and violence occurring in Ukraine, LexPhil will be sharing general resources for those interested in learning more about Ukrainian music and culture.

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May 04 2022


6:00 pm - 7:00 pm




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