Jackson to speak during BPO’s Copland program

Published October 8, 2015

A three-day program next week organized by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra on the life of celebrated composer Aaron Copland will feature a talk at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery by UB faculty member Bruce Jackson.

During the 1930s, Copland spent time in Mexico composing his early signature work, “El Salon Mexico.” He also had a profound influence on Mexican composers Carlos Chavez and Silvestre Revueltas. Among Revueltas’ major works was the score to the 1936 Paul Strand film “Redes” about Mexican fishermen victimized by the monopolization of their market.

Strand will be the subject of a free talk by Jackson, SUNY Distinguished Professor and James Agee Professor of American Culture in the Department of English, at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 15 in the auditorium of the Albright-Knox.

In the talk, titled “Paul Strand: Genius of Form and the Discovery of Context,” Jackson will discuss Strand’s work in general and explore the ways in which Strand’s time in Mexico changed his development as a photographer and cinematographer.

Strand, whose work is preserved in some of the world’s most influential galleries, is considered a master of American modernist photography along with Edward Weston and Alfred Stieglitz.

The BPO’s program on Copland will begin at 7 p.m. Oct. 14 at the Burchfield Penney Art Center with Copland and the Cold War, a melding of music, theater and history. It will conclude at 7 p.m. Oct. 16 at Kleinhans Music Hall with Copland in Mexico featuring a concert of works by Copland followed by a screening of Strand’s film “Redes.”