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Tone, Timbre, and Terror: The Role of Music in Scary Films

Monday, October 25
7 pm
Adult Lecture Series at the County Library

From Hitchcock's Psycho to the Jaws theme, music has played a paramount role in the horror genre.

Gil Harel will discuss the ingredients that make music so effective at conveying horror. He will analyze memorable scenes from films including The Omen, Friday the 13th, Halloween, and others. Through a discussion of timbre, tone, color, harmony, dissonance, and other special effects, audience members can expect to get a peek behind the curtain and understand the role of music in sending chills down one's spine.

Harel (PhD, Brandeis University) is a musicologist and music theorist whose interests include styles ranging from western classical repertoire to jazz. Previously, he has served on the faculty at CUNY Baruch College, where he was awarded the prestigious Presidential Excellence Award for Distinguished Teaching. Harel was also a faculty member at Southwestern University of Finance and Economics in Chengdu, China. Currently, he teaches at Naugatuck Valley Community College, where he has thrice been presented with the Merit Award for Exemplary Service to the College. Most recently, he was honored with the prestigious Connecticut Board of Regents Teaching Award. At NVCC, Dr. Harel conducts the college chorale, a cappella ensemble, teaches music history and theory, and serves as musical director of theater productions.

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Lessons from Fyodor Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment

Monday, November 8
7 pm
Adult Lecture Series at the County Library

Celebrate Fyodor Dostoevsky's 200th birthday this November with Dr. Andrew Drozd. Learn how Fyodor Dostoevsky's life influenced his famous novel, Crime and Punishment.

Dr. Drozd, an associate professor of Russian, has a B.A. in history and Russian area studies from Louisiana State University, an M. A. in history and an M. A. in Russian literature from the University of Texas, and a PhD. in Russian literature from Indiana University. He has been a faculty member at the University of Alabama since 1995. His research interests are 19th century literature and Czech-Russian literary interrelations.

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