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Philosphy Club Discusses Richard Wagner’s Parsifal and Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Inori


Posted 05/01/2018
Submitted by Brian Skelly
Category: Campus Announcements, Student Announcements

Come join us at this week’s Philosophy Club meeting Thursday, May 3rd from 12:15 to 1:45 in 421 Auerbach Hall as Hartt School doctoral student and clarinetist Diego Vásquez discusses the interplay between music, philosophy, and religious inspiration in his examination of Richard Wagner’s Parsifal (1857-1882)and Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Inori (1973-1974). In Diego’s own words:

Two pieces of music, each with a religious frame and written a century apart. I'll explore the relationship between Wagner and philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, the analytical history of Wagner's opera Parsifal, and the role of the clarinet in the opera. For Stockhausen's Inori (“prayer”), coming almost 100 years later, I'll talk about the inception of the piece, how it's constructed, and its performance history.

A native of Washington DC, Diego is a DMA (Doctor of Musical Arts)  clarinet student at The Hartt School, where he studies clarinet with Ayako Oshima and musicology with Ira Braus. He is currently writing his dissertation on Wagner, Nietzsche and the clarinet. Diego has performed with Hartford Opera Theatre, The Norwalk Symphony, New Britain Symphony, Canterbury Choral Society, Ensemble Mise-en, American Lyric Theatre, and is principal clarinetist of the Berkshire Opera Festival. Diego completed his Master of Music in clarinet at Mannes College, The New School for Music, where he studied with Charles Neidich and graduated with the George and Elizabeth Gregory Award for Excellence in Performance. His Bachelor is in Music is from Ithaca College, where he minored in dance. He has attended the Maine Chamber Music Seminar, the Lucerne Festival Academy in Switzerland, and the Stockhausen Courses and Concerts in Kürten, Germany. Diego has worked under conductors Alan Gilbert, Susanna Mälkki, and Matthias Pintscher, and has performed with violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter. He is currently engaged with the Lucerne Festival as a dancer-mime soloist in Stockhausen’s Inori. As part of the composer’s 90th birthday celebrations this summer, performances will take place under the baton of Péter Eötvös in Luzern, Berlin and Paris.

The University of Hartford Philosophy Club has an informal, jovial atmosphere. It is a place where students, professors, and people from the community at large meet as peers. Sometimes presentations are given, followed by discussion. Other times, topics are hashed out by the whole group.

Presenters may be students, professors, or people from the community. Anyone can offer to present a topic. The mode of presentation may be as formal or informal as the presenter chooses.

Food and drink are served. Come and go as you wish. Bring friends. Suggest topics and activities. Take over the club! It belongs to you!