Composer Ileana Perez Velázquez to Speak at Williams College

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., February 24, 2020—Ileana Perez Velázquez, professor of music, will deliver a talk titled “Creating Music as an Out of the Box Composer” as a part of the Faculty Lecture Series at Williams College. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held Thursday, Feb. 27, from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. in the Wege Auditorium. A reception will follow in Schow Atrium.

Ileana Perez Velázquez received her B.A. in piano and composition from the Higher Institute of Arts (ISA), Havana, Cuba, a master’s in electroacoustic music from Dartmouth College, and doctoral studies at Indiana University. Winning several national composition awards in Cuba, her music has been heard in concerts and international festivals all over the world, and has been commissioned by distinguished ensembles and institutions including the Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard University.

The Faculty Lecture Series was founded in 1911 by Catherine Mariotti Pratt, the spouse of a faculty member who wanted to “relieve the tedium of long New England winters with an opportunity to hear Williams professors talk about issues that really mattered to them.” From these humble and lighthearted beginnings, the Faculty Lecture Series has grown to become an important forum for tenured professors to share their latest research with the larger intellectual community of the college.

The Faculty Lecture Series is organized by the faculty members of the Lecture Committee.

The series will continue on March 5 with Associate Professor of Mathematics Julie Blackwood’s talk on “Diseases, invasive species, and other ecological systems: insights from mathematical models.”


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