Did Prohibition change the music of the 1920s? And did the Cold War impact the music of the 1950s? Yes, music – concert and popular – music was influenced by the technological and political changes. From the late 1800s to today, the times have shaped what and how American hear and experience opera, concert works, musicals, jazz, country and folk music, and rock and roll. In this session, participants can tune into a discussion about the sounds, aesthetics, and auras of each decade in the modern era.
Robert W. Butts, Ph.D.
Conductor & Educator
Dr. Robert W. Butts is an award-winning conductor, composer, and educator. He has conducted orchestras and operas and his music has been performed in the United States, Europe, and Asia. He has taught at Montclair State and Drew Universities and The College of Saint Elizabeth. He has edited and premiered works by Baroque and Modern composers in collaboration with The National Park System and The National Opera Center in New York. Most recently, Dr. Butts received the 2019 Exemplary Leader Award from the Morris County Chamber of Commerce.
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