Night FYP Lecture Series

Rousseau, Pergolesi, and Rameau

In this combined talk and musical performance, Dr. Roberta Barker will invite us to consider the relationship between European music and European thought in the Age of Reason. Some of the greatest composers of all time, such as J.S. Bach and W.A. Mozart, emerged from the cultural foment of this period. Moreover, many of the greatest thinkers of the era — including most notably Jean-Jacques Rousseau — both wrote about and composed music. This performance will feature the work of Bach alongside vocal music by two composers, Rameau and Pergolesi, whose work stirred Rousseau to vehement arguments.  We’ll consider how music encapsulated the spirit of the age and incited some of its greatest debates. But above all, we’ll immerse ourselves in the beautiful sounds of the eighteenth century, performed by some of Halifax’s leading musicians, including a chamber choir directed by Garth MacPhee, Symphony Nova Scotia string players Karen Langille, Celeste Jankowski, and Hilary Brown, counter-tenor Andrew Pickett, and FYP’s own Elisabeth Stones, soprano.

This event is free and open to the public.