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Guest Artist Lecture: 'From Discrimination to Art' by Abbie Conant

Event Details

March 22, 2018
12:00 pm-1:00 pm

Fine Arts Center Bezanson Recital Hall

UMass Amherst Campus

Free admission
Music & Dance Dept.

The Department of Music and Dance presents a talk titled "From Discrimination to Art" by award-winning performance artist and Juilliard-trained trombonist Abbie Conant, detailing her struggles against prejudice and the evolution of her career.

Conant is well-known figure in the international orchestral world, having successfully fought against gender discrimination to become the first female member of the Munich Philharmonic in 1980. Her legal battle was covered by the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal, and was also  referenced in Malcolm Gladwell’s best-selling book, Blink.

An accomplished musician and performance artist, Conant has been the subject of several cover articles in various brass publications, including International Trombone Association Journal, British Trombone Journal, The Brass Herald and others. She has been a guest on NPR’s Performance Today as well as on the West German Radio, Southwest German Radio, Canadian Broadcast Company, and New York City’s classical station WQXR.

One day prior, Conant will be present Aletheia, a multi-media one-act opera in Bezanson Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m. (also free).


Bezanson Recital Hall is located within the Fine Arts Center.

Event Category

Diversity Lecture/Talk