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AMS Lecture | Mark Pottinger



Presented in cooperation with the American Musicological Society.

Oct 29, 2022. From: 06:30 PM to 07:30 PM

Mark Pottinger reconstructs the listening soundscape that informed the design and patronage of a mid-1920s concert hall before the Golden Age of Radio: the Library’s acoustically superb Coolidge Auditorium. His lecture highlights the changing attitude toward acoustics, broadcast sound, and noise in twentieth-century America and concludes by addressing how listening to electroacoustic music throughout the century has impacted concert hall construction today.


This lecture is presented as part of the Founder’s Day celebration honoring Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge, who built the Coolidge Auditorium and endowed the Library’s concert series.

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