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PUBLIC LECTURE - Music and the Omani Arts Economy

Wednesday, 07 February, 2018
Music and the Omani Arts Economy
A public lecture by Dr. Anne K. Rasmussen, The College of William & Mary
Wednesday 21 February 
12 - 1:30 PM 
Wednesd 21 February 12:00 p.m.
To RSVP please email RSVP@sqcc.org
The Sultanate of Oman is celebrated for its diverse musical styles and for the numerous musical initiatives of its supreme leader, His Majesty, Sultan Qaboos – from the Oman Center for Traditional Music to the Royal Opera House. The extraordinary diversity of Oman’s performance traditions is easily accessible to both the seasoned aficionado and the unsuspecting tourist. While developing and nurturing its own unique regional music, the Omani government has also provided patronage to an international, transregional cohort of musicians by collaborating with artists and producers from Egypt, Iraq, and other Gulf nations. As a consequence, Oman’s music, while intensely local also resonates with the musical styles and techniques of non-Omani nationals and their pan-Arab musical aesthetics.
Anne K. Rasmussen is Professor of Music and Ethnomusicology and the Bickers Chair for Middle Eastern Studies at the College of William and Mary where she also directs the William and Mary Middle Eastern Music Ensemble. Professor Rasmussen was the Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center Research Fellow in 2010-2011. A recent Fulbright Scholar to Indonesia, Rasmussen currently serves as Past-President of the Society for Ethnomusicology.

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