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Apr 13 2019

Music & Ecstasy: Celebrating A. J. RACY’s 40 Years at UCLA (Day Two)

Choral Room

Music & Ecstasy Conference: Day Two

Composer, multi-instrumentalist, and UCLA Distinguished Professor of Ethnomusicology A.J. Racy will be honored during this two-day conference (April 12, 13) celebrating his 40 years of teaching in the Department of Ethnomusicology. The author of numerous publications, including the award-winning book Making Music in the Arab World: The Culture and Artistry of Tarab (Cambridge University Press, 2003), his career as an internationally-regarded scholar also includes extensive research in the area of music and ecstasy, which is also the theme of this conference.

Conference speakers have been selected from among international scholars and more than a dozen of his former students, who graduated between 1988 and 2017. Papers to be presented range from “Sweaty Transcendence: The Work of Creating Musical Ecstasy” and “From Lamenting to Praying: Music, Grief, and Shifting Realities in Lebanese Funerals” to “The Ecstasy of Diplomacy: A View from the ‘Most Inspiring Festival in the Caucasus’” and “The World of Ethnomusicology: A.J. Racy's Impact Beyond the Academy.”

Celebrating A.J. Racy's 40 Years at UCLA features a two-day conference and an evening concert. See the entire special program, here.

RSVP, Free Admission
Like most of UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music’s programs, this event is FREE! Let us know you’ll be coming by RSVP. Seating is first-come, first-seated. RSVPs do not guarantee entry but receive priority up until 15 minutes before the event. Standby is on a first come, first seated basis. Early arrival is recommended.

NOTE FOR THIS EVENT – Lunch is included for ticket holders who have RSVP’d and have checked in at registration for the symposium, on a first-come, first-served basis.

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This event is FREE! No RSVP required. Early arrival is recommended.


Self-service parking is available at UCLA’s Parking Structure #2 for events in Schoenberg Music Building and the Evelyn and Mo Ostin Music Center. Costs range from $1 for 20 minutes to $20 all day. Learn more about campus parking.


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