Conversation with Alex Ross
New Yorker music critic Alex Ross will discuss his first book The Rest is Noise, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and a landmark cultural history of twentieth-century music. He'll also detail the development of his forthcoming book Wagnerism, a survey of Wagner's influence on the arts; and the state of music criticism in the present day. A Q&A led by musicology professor William Robin will follow the discussion.
Alex Ross has been the music critic of The New Yorker since 1996. His first book, The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century, won a National Book Critics Circle Award and the Guardian First Book Award, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His second book is the essay collection Listen to This. He is now at work on Wagnerism: Art in the Shadow of Music. Ross has received an Arts and Letters Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Belmont Prize in Germany, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a MacArthur Fellowship.