Listening to Architecture
When we think of architecture it is usually in terms of visual aesthetics, historical significance and dimensions of significant buildings. Rarely do we explore the musical sounds that were written for or occurred in particular spaces. In this course we will probe the inner sounds of important concert venues of the world like Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Berlin’s Philharmonie, Los Angeles’ Walt Disney Concert Hall, Tallinn’s Singing Stadium. We will explore music in the Taj Mahal, Rome’s Sistine Chapel and the Paris Metro and consider the Internet as a 21st century concert venue.
Professor Bailey holds degrees in music from Northwestern, UC Berkeley, and a doctorate from Stanford University. He was dean and professor at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music prior to teaching in the Yale School of Music where he conducted the Yale Concert Choir, the New Haven Chorale and taught courses in the history of music. Currently Jonathan is professor emeritus at Pomona College in Claremont, California where he was chair of the Music Department and conductor of the College’s choral ensembles. Twice he won the coveted ‘outstanding teacher of the year’ award. He has been a program consultant for National Public Radio, an Arts Commissioner with the city of West Hollywood, and for 13 years, Artistic Director of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles. A recipient of two Fulbright research grants, he has traveled and studied in Europe and Australia. Professor Bailey has taught at the Fromm Institute since 2012 and has held the position of Academic Advisor since 2017.