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Conversation with Lily Hirsch on Weird Al Yankovic

Wednesday, April 14, 2021 2:00pm

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The Conservatory of Music is excited to present a conversation with Pacific alumna Lily Hirsch '01 on the musical parodist Weird Al Yankovic, following the success of her new book Weird Al: Seriously.

Hirsch studied as an undergraduate at the University of the Pacific, where she earned a Bachelor of Music magna cum laude with a major in music history in 2001. She earned her Ph.D. in musicology from Duke University.

Currently, Hirsch is a musicologist/writer, Visiting Scholar at California State University, Bakersfield, and the book reviews editor for the Journal of Musicological Research. Previously, she taught as Assistant Professor of Music at Cleveland State University.

Hirsh is the author of the books A Jewish Orchestra in Nazi Germany: Musical Politics and the Berlin Jewish Culture League (University of Michigan Press in 2010), Music in American Crime Prevention and Punishment (University of Michigan Press in 2012), Anneliese Landau’s Life in Music: Nazi Germany to Émigré California (Eastman Studies in Music in 2019), Weird Al: Seriously (Rowman & Littlefield in 2020), and, as co-editor, Dislocated Memories: Jews, Music, and Postwar German Culture (Oxford University Press in 2014), winner of the American Musicological Society’s Ruth A. Solie Award. She is currently working on a general study of humor in music as well as a book about the connection between music and insult.

If you are interested to attend, please email conservatory@pacific.edu for an access link. Conservatory students, faculty and staff will be able to find the link in Canvas.

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