09/20/2016 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 09/20/2016 14:18
Join us for a mansion series lecture to be held in conjunction with the Election of 1860 exhibition, which is on loan from the Smithsonian Institution. The lecture will include musical performances by Sarah Kitts, soprano and Douglas Bassett, guitarist.
Dana Gorzelany-Mostak, assistant professor of music at Georgia College will present the lecture. She has taught courses on the history of western music, opera in the 21st century, music and politics, music since 1900, popular music and historiography. Her research explores various facets of the American musical culture-the role of popular songs in presidential campaigns, the reception of music prodigies in the age of reality television and the untold history of music performance on the 'freak' show stage in the 19th century. Additional research interests include opera and popular culture, public musicology and music entrepreneurship. Gorzelany-Mostak has presented her research at many conferences, including those of the American Musicological Society, the Society for American Music, the International Association for the Study of Popular Music-Canada and the Canadian University Music Society. Her research on music and electoral politics appears in the summer 2015 issue of Music and Politics and the May 2016 issue of the Journal of the Society for American Music. Her work on Jackie Evancho appears in the edited volume of Voicing Girlhood in Popular Music: Performance, Authority, Authenticity (Routledge). Gorzelany-Mostak is the creator and co-editor of Trax on the Trail, a Georgia College-sponsored website that tracks the creative use of music and sound on the 2016 presidential campaign trail.
The mansion series lecture is free and open to the public.