Lecture/reception on 2/17 - Prof. Derek Katz

UCSB Professor Derek Katz will speak on "Shostakovich: Music & Politics in the Soviet Union" in this free event open to all Harvard alumni and friends.

The Harvard Club of Santa Barbara invites you to attend a lecture, "Shostakovich: Music & Politics in the Soviet Union," by Derek Katz on Wednesday, February 17 at 5:00 p.m. in the Alhecama Theatre. A reception will follow the lecture. This is a free event, and all local alumni and friends are invited to attend.

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Derek Katz is Associate Professor of Music History at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he received his PhD in 2000. He holds an AB degree from Harvard, and has studied at The Free University of Berlin on a Fulbright Fellowship. A specialist in Czech music, he has published articles in Musical Quarterly and multiple Czech journals, as well as chapters in Nineteenth Century Chamber Music (Schirmer, 1998), and in Janáček and His World (Princeton, 2003). His book Janáček Beyond the Borders was published by the University of Rochester Press in 2009. His more recent work deals with institutional support for professional string quartets in the United States in the mid-20th Century. Katz has also written for the New York Times and the San Francisco Opera and spoken at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. He is an enthusiastic amateur violist and chamber music player.

The Alhecama Theater is located at 914 Santa Barbara Street near its intersection with Canon Perdido Street. (The Alhecama Theatre is the former home of the Ensemble Theatre Company, which has now relocated to the “New Vic” on West Victoria Street.)

The Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation has recently renovated the Alhecama Theatre and manages the theatre as part of the El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park. The Trust is a co-sponsor of the event.