Lecture: "Music & Politics – Part IV" with Dr. Michael Chikinda

Jul 19 | 6:00PM
Online (Zoom)

Music & Politics: A Historical Intersection

Join us for a unique journey that traverses the lines between music and politics. Author and chair of the music theory departments at the University of Utah and Gifted Music School, Dr. Michael Chikinda, leads this engaging four-part online lecture series on the intersection of music and politics through history. Enroll today and reserve your spot!


or call 385.222.7787 now!


Course Details




Dr. Michael Chikinda


Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m.


60 minutes


4 weeks


June 28, 2023


July 19, 2023

Age Range

12 to 55+


Online (Zoom)




Tuition for GMS Lesson Students

Tuition for All Others



$20 per lecture

$25 per lecture

See all four lectures for $60, and save 40%

See all four lectures for $80, and save 20%




Summer 2023 (4 sessions)



Wed, Jun. 28, 2023

6:00 PM

Wed, Jul. 5, 2023

6:00 PM

Wed, Jul. 12, 2023

6:00 PM

Wed, Jul. 19, 2023

6:00 PM



About the Course

This course is open to musicians and non-musicians alike. Each weekly session will examine how politics has inspired, influenced, and even censored the creative process. From music written for a political occasion, like Vincent Persichetti's composition for Richard Nixon's second inauguration, to instances of political interference, such as Shostakovich's struggles under the Stalin regime, our exploration will span a diverse spectrum of scenarios and geographies.



Lecture 1: Luigi Dallapiccola, Italian Dodecaphony, and the Spirit of Irredentism 
Music: Liriche Greche, "Due liriche di Anacreonte" (1945)


Lecture 2: Censorship at an Inaugural Concert I: Aaron Copland and A Lincoln Portrait
Music: A Lincoln Portrait (1942) and Canticle of Freedom (1955)


Lecture 3: Censorship at an Inaugural Concert II: Vincent Persichetti and A Lincoln Address
Music: A Lincoln Address (1972) and Haydn's Missa in tempore belli (Mass in Time of War - 1796)


Lecture 4: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Ghost of Stalin: "The Four Verses of Captain Lebyadkin"
Music: "The Four Verses of Captain Lebyadkin" (1974)


Dr. Michael Chikinda

Dr. Michael Chikinda is head of the music theory areas at the University of Utah School of Music and Gifted Music School. He has published on several Twentieth-century topics: an article on Arvo Pärt's And one of the Pharisee's appeared in Perspectives of New Music (2011), an article about Vincent Persichetti and a perplexing incident at the Second Inauguration of Richard Nixon in 1973 was published in the journal Music and Politics (2018), and a book chapter, "The Four Verses of Captain Lebyadkin: Nihilism and Transcendence in Late Shostakovich" was published in 20th- and 21st-Century Song Cycles: Analytical Pathways Toward Performance (Routledge: 2020). Dr. Chikinda completed his dissertation at the University at Buffalo, SUNY - under the direction of Dr. Martha Hyde - on the early twelve-tone works of the Italian composer Luigi Dallapiccola. Dr. Chikinda has taught at the University at Buffalo, the University of Guelph (Guelph, Ontario), Dalhousie University (Halifax, Nova Scotia), Queen's University (Kingston, Ontario), and presently at both the University of Utah and the Gifted Music School. He has presented his research at scholarly conferences in both North America and Europe.



Fill out the registration form, and we will get in touch with you! 

or call 385.222.7787 now!

Event Date: 
2023-07-19 18:00:00 to 2023-07-19 19:00:00