John Roberts and music in Canada
Symposium 1-2 October 2015: Call for graduate student papers issued 17 October 2014
The School of Creative and Performing Arts (Faculty of Arts) and the Taylor Family Digital Library are pleased to announce a call for papers for a Symposium entitled ‘John Roberts and music in Canada’. It will take place on Thursday and Friday, 1-2 October 2015 in the Rozsa Centre of the University of Calgary.
The Symposium is part of a series of events to mark the acquisition of the John Roberts fonds, housed in Special Collections of Libraries and Cultural Resources, University of Calgary. It will reflect on John Roberts’s contributions to the development of music in Canada and beyond during the second half of the twentieth century. Between 1957 and 1975, Roberts worked as a producer and served as ‘Head of CBC Radio Music’ in Toronto. Under his direction the CBC commissioned hundreds of works by Canadian composers. He was also a close friend of Glenn Gould and facilitated his transition from a concert artist to a ground breaking recording artist. Topics will include: art and identity politics; building cultural infrastructure; aesthetic choices and compositional voices at the CBC; music and electronic media; the rise of Toronto as a cultural centre; John Roberts on the international scene.