February 10, 2012 Israeli Women Composers Subject of March 6 Lecture at the Library

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The role of Israeli women in classical music composition is the subject of a lecture by 20th-century music specialist Ronit Seter, to be held at noon on Tuesday, March 6 in the African and Middle Eastern Division Reading Room, located in Room 220 of the Thomas Jefferson Building at 10 First Street S.E., Washington, D.C. Sponsored by the Hebraic Section of the African and Middle Eastern Division, the event is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required but seating is limited.

Seter will discuss the role of such contemporary Israeli composers as Shulamit Ran, Chaya Czernowin and Betty Olivero who are playing a leading role in classical music composition—a field previously dominated by men. Seter will examine the careers of these path-breaking women composers against the background of the Israeli cultural scene over the past three generations.

Seter earned her Ph.D. at Cornell University in 2004. She served on the faculties of the Peabody Conservatory, the George Washington University, American University and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where she continues to serve as a visiting scholar. She is a co-founder of the Jewish Music Study Group at the American Musicological Society. A contributor to the Grove Music Online, she has published in Tempo, Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart, Jewish Women (Encyclopedia), Encyclopedia Judaica, Notes and Musical Quarterly. Seter is currently at work on a book on Israeli composers, to be published by Oxford University Press.

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PR 12-036
ISSN 0731-3527