Jimi Hendrix’s wild, reverberating electric guitar rendition of the “Star Spangled Banner” captivated the crowd at Woodstock in 1969. And the music perfectly captured the struggles of a new generation. Hendrix was able to effectively get his message across because music carries emotions, says Larry Vincent, assistant professor of Music at Pellissippi State Community College.
Vincent will use the electric guitar as the centerpiece of his upcoming lecture “The Music of Revolution.” The presentation kicks off the 2011-2012 Faculty Lecture Series at Pellissippi State, and the community is invited to hear the discussion.
The event is Sept. 22, 12:30-1:30 p.m., in the Clayton Performing Arts Center on the Pellissippi Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road.
“Have you ever thought of what the world would look like right now if the electric guitar had never been invented?” Vincent asks.
Music has impacted society in the United States and in other countries at various times in history, he says. Highlights of his lecture include the use of Frédéric Chopin’s piano compositions in Poland, the connection between Richard Wagner and German nationalism, and the use of music to effect political change in Latin America, South Africa, and the Arab world.
“What makes music such a powerful tool is that it conveys emotion, brings people together, and can lead to the rejection or affirmation of a political order,” according to Vincent.
In addition to the thought-provoking discussion, the audience will enjoy live music: Vincent on his own electric guitar; Peggy Hinkle, Pellissippi State Music instructor, on the piano; and Bill Brewer, the college’s Music program coordinator, conducting a choir.
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