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June 2018

Lecture: Timothy Urban: “Madama Butterfly: Beauty in Betrayal”

June 14 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Community Room, 65 Witherspoon St
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Timothy Urban, professor of music at Rider University and Westminster Choir College, explores how Puccini’s music builds and heightens the feeling of despair that leads the character of Butterfly to commit suicide. Puccini’s incorporation of elements of traditional Japanese songs and snippets of “The Star-Spangled Banner” into the score to musically depict the cultural chasm separating the two protagonists is also examined.   Co-sponsored by the library and the Princeton Festival.

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