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First talk in President's Lecture Series set, Nov. 21

Simon Morrison, associate professor of music, will present the first talk in this year's President's Lecture Series on Tuesday, Nov. 21.

He will speak on "The Unknown Prokofiev" at 4:30 p.m. in McCosh 10.

Morrison will discuss his efforts to track down lost scores and choreographies as part of his research for a forthcoming monograph with Oxford University Press. In 2005, Morrison and colleagues re-created the choreography, costumes and elaborate mechanical set of one of the great lost ballets of the 20th century, "Le Pas d'Acier" by Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev. This spring, Morrison will co-produce a staging of "Boris Godunov" featuring a Prokofiev score that has never been used for a live performance of Alexander Pushkin's play.

Morrison, who earned his Ph.D. from Princeton in 1997, focuses his research on Russian and Soviet music (especially ballet and opera), French and Russian Symbolism, and neo-classicism. In 2007-08, he will be working with choreographer Mark Morris on a restoration of the ballet "Romeo and Juliet."

The lecture series was initiated by President Shirley M. Tilghman in 2001 to bring together faculty members from different disciplines. The other lecturers scheduled for this year are: Andrew Moravcsik, professor of politics and director of the European Union Program, on Wednesday, March 28; and Elizabeth Gould, professor of psychology, on Wednesday, April 25.

The lectures will be webcast; for viewing information, visit Webmedia.

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