The Faculty of Music at McGill University will host a one-day Symposium on October 27, 2004, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at McGill's Redpath Hall. The Symposium will explore the music and art of Joni Mitchell from many perspectives. It is scheduled to coincide with the presentation of an honorary doctorate from McGill to Ms. Mitchell. Featured speakers will include John Kelly, Ann Powers, Jennifer Rycenga, Udayan Sen, Daniel Sonenberg, Greg Tate, Jacqueline Warwick, and Lloyd Whitesell. Respondents and moderators will include Howie Klein, Daniel Levitin, David Brackett, and Line Grenier.
Registration fees: Can $30/ US $25; Students: Can $15/US $10. (Free to McGill staff/students.) To preregister, please send a check or money order in either currency made out to McGill University, to Lloyd Whitesell, McGill University Faculty of Music, 555 Sherbrooke St. West, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, H3A 1E3.
This event is open to the public.
Information on hotels offering reduced rates in connection with McGill events can be found at McGill's Ancillary Services site in the Travel Services section. The full schedule of events will be updated on the Faculty of Music website.
Joni Mitchell Symposium Program
861 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal, Quebec H3A 2K6
October 27, 2004
10:00 Introductory remarks (Dean Don McLean)
PANEL 1. Moderator, David Brackett (Music, McGill University)
10:15 Lloyd Whitesell (Music, McGill University), "Exploding the Song Cycle: Joni Mitchell’s Don Juan’s Reckless Daughter"
11:00 Jennifer Rycenga (Comparative Religious Studies, San Jose State University), “Not the Same Situation: Joni Mitchell’s Work as a Sonic Document of Feminism”
11:45 Udayan Sen (painter and frame conservator, Montreal), “‘The Seer and the Seen:’ Self and Story in the Album Self-Portraits of Joni Mitchell”
PANEL 2. Moderator, Line Grenier (Communication, Université de Montréal)
14:00 Jacqueline Warwick (Music, Dalhousie University), “I Drew a Map of Canada: Joni Mitchell’s Constructions of Place”
14:45 Daniel Sonenberg (Music, University of Southern Maine), “‘Spreading Her Gorgeous Wings’: Joni Mitchell’s Adoption of Jazz in ‘The Last Time I Saw Richard’”
ROUND TABLE. Moderator, Daniel Levitin (Psychology, McGill University)
16:00-18:00 Ann Powers (Senior Curator, Experience Music Project, Seattle), "'Blue' and the Female Songwriter"
Greg Tate (cultural critic, Village Voice), "How Black is Joni Mitchell?"
John Kelly (performance artist, Harvard University), title TBA
Howie Klein, respondent (former president, Reprise Records)