Musicology Department

Four Generations of American
Scholarship on Russian Music

A Conference and Concert in Honor of
Malcolm H. Brown’s 90th Birthday
Saturday, September 28, 2019
Simon Music Center, Jacobs School of Music
Indiana University, Bloomington
Conference presentations and keynote address
will be live-streamed via IUMusicLive!
Download Conference Program here


The Musicology Department, with the support from Jacobs School of Music Lecture Committee, the Russian and East European Institute, the Horizons of Knowledge Lecture Fund, and Russian Studies Workshop, presents a one-day conference and concert dedicated to Russian music in celebration of IU Jacobs School of Music Professor Emeritus Malcolm H. Brown’s ninetieth birthday.

Malcolm Hamrick Brown is widely seen as the father of Russian Studies in musicology. He was the first American musicologist to travel to the Soviet Union in the early years of the Thaw, to prepare his dissertation on the symphonies of Prokofiev (1967). He went on to publish several influential books on Shostakovich, Mussorgsky, and other topics in Russian music. He is also the founding editor of Russian Music Studies from Indiana University Press. Malcolm retired from IU in 1993 after thirty-one years on the School of Music faculty, most of them spent as chair of the Musicology Department.

The entire conference, including the keynote, will take place in Ford-Crawford Hall and the concert will take place in Auer Hall. Both are located in the Simon Music Center. There is no registration and the conference is free. If you are able to join us, however, please RSVP by Tuesday, September 24, so we can provide you with lunch and make sure to print enough programs.


We have established a fund in Malcolm’s honor. The Malcolm H. Brown Fellowship will be used to support a Ph.D. student in the Musicology Department at the Jacobs School of Music. Please consider giving now, or at any time in future via the “Give Now” button below.


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Welcome and Opening Remarks
9:00-9:15 am | Dean Emeritus Charles Webb


9:15-11:15 am | Chair: J. Peter Burkholder

William Quillen, Acting Dean, Oberlin Conservatory (Horizons of Knowledge Lecture)
The "Culturological" Turn
Russell Scott Valentino, Professor, Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures and Associate Dean for International Affairs, College of Arts and Sciences, IUB
Domesticating the Pretender in Agnieszka Holland’s Olivier, Olivier
Jacob Emery, Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures, IUB
Mandelstam's Magic Wand: Reading, Writing, and Conducting

11:15 am-12:00 pm | Constance Cook Glen, Elizabeth Ostrow, Janet Rabinowitch, and Richard Taruskin


Lunch Break
12:00-1:00 pm | Hosted by Musicology Department


1:00-3:00 pm | Chair: Constance Cook Glen

Kevin Bartig, Professor and Chair of Musicology, Michigan State University (Horizons of Knowledge Lecture)
Oranges in Leningrad
Maria Fokina, Ph.D. student in Musicology, IUB
Negotiating Authenticity in Arif Melikov's ballet Legend of Love (1961)
Aida Huseynova, Lecturer in Music in General Studies at the Jacobs School of Music, IUB
Restructuring Soviet Musical Identity in the Works of Gara Garayev


3:00-5:00 pm | Chair: Halina Goldberg

Anya Peterson Royce, Chancellor's Professor of Anthropology and of Comparative Literature, IUB
Embodying Space and Flow: Fokine and the Russian Ballet
Alexis Witt, recent Ph.D. in Musicology from IUB
Ocular Operas and Pirated Pirouettes: America's First Experiences with Russian Ballet
Patrick Domico, Ph.D. candidate in Musicology, IUB
Koussevitzky's Composer


5:00-6:45 pm | Individual


6:45-7:45 pm | Simon A. Morrison, Professor of Musicology (Princeton University)
Malcolm and the Archive


An Evening of Shostakovich Quartets
8:00 pm | Auer Hall

Dmitri Shostakovich, String Quartet No. 9 in E-flat major, Op. 117 (1964)
     Dior Quartet: Noa Sarid, violin; Tobias Elser, violin;
     Darryl Manley, viola; Joanne Yesol Choi, cello

Dmitri Shostakovich, String Quartet No. 2 in A major, Op. 68 (1944)
     Pacifica Quartet: Simin Ganatra, violin; Austin Hartman, violin;
     Mark Holloway, viola; and Brandon Vamos, cello



Bloomington, IN, is served by Indianapolis International Airport (IND).

GO Express Travel offers shuttle service from the airport Ground Transportation Area to the conference hotel (see below). Reservations can be booked online or by calling 800-589-6004.

Classic Touch Limousine also offers airport service. Reservations can be made online or by calling 800-319-0082.



Hyatt Place Bloomington is holding a block of rooms for conference attendees at a special rate of $109 per night, which also includes their delicious "so much more than just pastries and eggs" breakfast (normally $14 per person) and parking (normally $12 per night)! The hotel will also provide transportation to and from the conference and concert.

The easiest way to book is to call the reservations team at 812-339-5950 and tell them you are in the Malcolm H. Brown Conference Block, or visit them online here. It will be a busy weekend in Bloomington, so make sure to book early!



The IU Jacobs School of Music Opera and Ballet Theater is offering group discounts to the Friday, September 27, performance Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro, conducted by Antony Walker and directed by Michael Shell. You may access the discount AFTER single tickets go on sale on August 26 by using the promo code SUSANNA to purchase tickets online, in person, or by calling 812-855-7433.

For more than two decades, the non-profit Lotus Education and Arts Foundation has transformed downtown Bloomington into an exuberant world of music for one blissful, boisterous September weekend, in addition to providing a full range of multicultural music and art programming throughout the year. The Festival features a mix of ticketed evening events and plenty of free programming for the entire family to enjoy.