Rice Unconventional Wisdom
Campbell Lecture Series

Previous Lectures

Robert Wilson

Robert Wilson

March 26, 27 & 28 @ 6 PM
A Series of Lectures by Robert Wilson


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Patrick Summers

Patrick Summers

March 18, 19 & 20
Thinking Music : The Conductor as Cultural Leader and Teacher


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Stanley Fish

Stanley Fish

Academic Freedom: 
A Series of Lectures by Stanley Fish 
April10, 11 & 12, 2012  


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Zadie Smith

Zadie Smith

November 10, 2010
A Reading by Zadie Smith


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The Promise of Museums

The Promise of Museums

October 27, 28, 29, 2009
The Promise of Museums


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Stephen Greenblatt

Stephen Greenblatt

Oct 21, 22, and 23, 2008
Shakespeare's Creative Freedom


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Alix Ohlin

Alix Ohlin

Oct. 23, 24, and 25, 2007
The Tempest of Art and Nature


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Ha Jin

Ha Jin

Oct. 24, 25, and 26, 2006 
The Writer as Migrant


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Robert Pinsky

Robert Pinsky

Oct. 18, 19, and 20, 2005
The American Town: Dreams and Nightmares


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The Campbell Lecture Series
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Thinking Music:

The Conductor as Cultural Leader and Teacher

March 18, 19 & 20, 2013

Rice Memorial Chapel @ 6pm

 

Monday, March 18

"Prelude and Fugue: Life in Music
General Reception at Brochstein Pavilion following lecture

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Tuesday, March 19

"Themes and Variations: Life from Music"

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Wednesday, March 20

"The Sonata of Life"

   

Admission: RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Lectures are free and open to the public. Seating is open and will begin at 5:30pm each evening. Please email campbell.lecture@rice.edu to make a reservation.

 

Location: The lectures will take place at 6pm at Rice University in the Rice Memorial Chapel in the Ley Student Center on March 18, 19 and 20, 2013.

 

Parking: The Central Campus Garage, accessible from Entrance 20, is located underground east of the music school (under the Jones Graduate School of Business). West Lot 1 is east of the music school and accessible from Entrance 8 or 18. More detailed parking information can be found at http://parking.rice.edu/

 

Photography: No photos during the lecture, please. The lecture will be videotaped and photographed for archival purposes.

 

Event Details: Each lecture will be approximately 45 minutes in length, followed by audience questions. There will be a general reception immediately following the Monday, March 18th lecture.

 

Patrick Summers 195x250 ABOUT THE LECTURER

Patrick Summers currently holds the Margaret Alkek Williams Chairs and was named artistic and music director of HGO in 2011 after having served as the company's music director since 1998. He has been responsible for many of HGO's important artistic advances, including the development of the Houston Grand Opera Orchestra, regularly praised by critics as a world-class ensemble. At HGO, he has conducted world premieres (André Previn's Brief Encounter, Christopher Theofanidis's The Refuge, Jake Heggie's The End of the Affair and Three Decembers, and Carlisle Floyd's Cold Sassy Tree) and works that span the operatic canon, including Verdi's Don Carlos, La traviata, Nabucco, Rigoletto, Il trovatore, Simon Boccanegra, Falstaff, and A Masked Ball; Puccini's La bohème, Madame Butterfly, Manon Lescaut, and Tosca; Mozart's Così fan tutte, The Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni, The Abduction from the Seraglio, and Idomeneo; Donizetti's Mary Stuart, The Elixir of Love, Lucia di Lammermoor, and Don Pasquale; Lehár's The Merry Widow; Handel's Julius Caesar; Rossini's The Barber of Seville; Strauss's Ariadne auf Naxos; Britten's Billy Budd, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Turn of the Screw, and Peter Grimes; and Wagner's Lohengrin.

 

He has enjoyed longstanding relationships with the Metropolitan Opera, where he has conducted regularly since 1998; with San Francisco Opera, where he has been principal guest conductor since 1999; and with Opera Australia. Engagements for the 2012-13 season include Jake Heggie's Moby-Dick with San Francisco Opera, the Richard Tucker Gala at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall, a U.S. tour with the Russian National Orchestra and solo pianist Daniil Trifonov, a Carnegie Hall performance of André Previn's A Streetcar Named Desire with Renée Fleming, and The Magic Flute at the Bregenz Festival. For Houston Grand Opera, he conducts Show Boat, Tristan and Isolde, and Il trovatore.