Faculty Spotlight: Marianne Pfau, PhD

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Dr. Marianne Pfau has traveled a lot over the past last few weeks: first to Germany for concerts on October 31, then to Japan for the Kyoto Prize ceremonies.


October 31 was a national holiday in Germany this year, commemorating the 500th Anniversary of Martin Luther and the Protestant Reformation.  Begun in 1517, its far-reaching influences not only on religion, but on language, music, culture, social structure, politics, monetary policies, are still felt today. Dr. Pfau participated in performances in Celle where both Luther and Bach spent time as young choir boys, and in Hamburg.  She performed Bach Cantatas based on chorales composed by Martin Luther.

As USD’s faculty liaison to the Kyoto Prize, Dr. Pfau traveled to Japan with USD Vice President Dr. Timothy O’Malley and USD Trustee Ann Navarra, to attend a USD Alumni reunion in Tokyo, followed by the Kyoto Prize ceremonies in Kyoto and at a Tokyo University. There she met Dr. Richard Taruskin, this year’s laureate in the Arts and Philosophy category. He is a famed Musicologist of Western Music, Emeritus from UC-Berkeley, and a music critic for the New York Times.  Because of his combination of academic scholarship and public journalism, some have called him “America’s Public Musicologist.”  Dr. Taruskin will visit USD in March 2018, and give a lecture in Shiley Theatre on March 22 at 10:30 a.m. Look for more news about the Kyoto Prize ceremonies and additional events with the laureates to be announced in the coming months.


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