Call for Papers—Malcolm Forsyth: Perspectives and Legacy
Festival and Symposium, The University of Calgary, Division of Music,
17-19 October 2019.
Music at the School of the Creative and Performing Arts, the Canadian Music Centre (Prairie Region), the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, and the University of Calgary Library and Cultural Resources are hosting a festival/symposium at The University of Calgary in celebration of the music and legacy of South- African/Canadian composer Malcolm Forsyth from October 17-19, 2019. Entitled "Malcolm Forsyth: Perspectives and Legacy," this will be the first major consideration of Forsyth since his death in 2011.
Submissions are invited on any aspect of the music and legacy of Malcolm Forsyth, ranging from studies of his work to considerations of his accomplishments as a teacher, mentor, and influence on the Canadian music scene. The symposium seeks to explore the technical and aesthetic facets of Forsyth's work, and also to examine the roles of gender and ethnicity as they may constitute an element in his music, life, and legacy.
The symposium also seeks to explore Forsyth's career at The University of Alberta, the relationship between his South African roots and his life in Canada, his relationship with the Canada Council and the CBC, and his engagement with the indigenous peoples of South Africa and Canada.
The symposium and festival are supported by a grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. Presenters will be housed courtesy of the festival/symposium; funds are available toward transportation.
The symposium will have two plenary speakers: Dr. Mary Ingraham (The University of Alberta), an editor of a forthcoming book of essays, Reflections on Malcolm Forsyth; and Dr. Robin Elliot (The University of Toronto), holder of the Jean A. Chalmers chair in Canadian music at the University of Toronto. In addition to the symposium presentations, there will be two round-table sessions featuring people closely associated with Forsyth as composer colleagues, former students, and musical friends.
The festival portion of the event will include a concert with Forsyth's cello concerto Electra Rising performed by Amanda Forsyth and the Calgary Philharmonic conducted by Hans Graf, two concerts of instrumental and choral music by Forsyth, and the screening of a video on Forsyth by writer/director Theresa Wynnyk entitledConquering Beauty: The Life and Music of Malcolm Forsyth. Wynnyk will attend the festival and will introduce her film. A book of conference proceedings is planned.
There will also be an exhibition of materials concerning Malcolm Forsyth by the University of Calgary Library and Cultural Resources, Special Collections, which holds a large archive of manuscript scores, articles, and reviews relating to Forsyth.
Questions and inquiries are welcome, and may be sent to: