The Myth of Modern Violence

Project LENS, Steven Pinker, and the Parker Quartet
Project LENS is a new performance collaborative dedicated to exploring connections between classical music and various topics in the world beyond. Our events pair performances of works from the classical repertoire with TED Talk-style presentations of ideas from other fields.

On February 13th, the LENS team, legendary Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker, and the Grammy Award-winning Parker Quartet will collaborate to present "The Myth of Modern Violence." At this special event, we'll delve into Pinker's intriguing idea that violence in human civilizations has declined over time. We'll examine a range of music from 400 years ago to the present, including works by Biber, Schubert, Shostakovich, and Widmann that each evoke violence in different ways. We'll look into composers' historical contexts and the significance of globalization in order to explain away the popular view that classical music has somehow become more violent sounding over the centuries.

PLEASE NOTE: We will only be able to accept credit cards at the door - NO CASH. We strongly encourage you to purchase tickets in advance!

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Fri Feb 13, 2015
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM EST
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Paine Hall, Harvard University
Adult SOLD OUT $25.00
Student/Recent Graduate
(Classes of '10-'14)
SOLD OUT $15.00
Venue Address
One Oxford Street United States
The John Knowles Paine Concert Hall is located in the Fanny Peabody Mason Music Building at Harvard University. The music building is directly behind the science center.
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