Tuesday, April 06, 2021 | 5:30 PM

Music & Citizenship I

Location: Shriver Hall's Clipper Room

Historian, musician, and professor of musicology at The Peabody Institute, Richard Giarusso leads the first in a compelling series of talks examining the ways in which classical music has and continues to engage with civic life. Following the 2020 election season, we explore the legacies of musicians whose work catalyzed broader conversations about civic issues, consider pieces that embody various ideals of social responsibility, and discuss ways these dialogues are continuing today.

Richard Giarusso

Richard Giarusso is chair of the Musicology Department at The Peabody Conservatory, where he teaches classes in 19th- and 20th-century music. He holds a Ph.D. in Historical Musicology from Harvard University and a BA in Music and English from Williams College. Giarusso’s research focuses on the music of Schubert, Bruckner, Mahler, and Vaughan Williams. A frequent lecturer for arts organizations in the mid-Atlantic, he has presented talks for the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Johns Hopkins Alumni Association, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Washington Bach Consort, the Handel Choir of Baltimore, and The Baltimore Museum of Art. In addition, Giarusso maintains an active career as a singer and conductor throughout the Northeast. He serves as music director of the Georgetown Chorale in Washington, D.C., and as artistic director of the Voce Chamber Singers in northern Virginia.