Joseph Horowitz is the author of ten books mainly dealing with the history of classical music in the United States. His Classical Music in America (2005) deals extensively with institutional history and with the challenges of maintaining and renewing tradition in the 21st century. He is also a concert producer, having served as Executive Director of the Brooklyn Philharmonic in the 1990s. Currently, he is Executive Director of PostClassical Ensemble in Washington, DC; he also directs an NEH-funded national orchestral consortium supporting humanities-infused cross-disciplinary festivals. One of his books, Artists in Exile (2008), deals in part with dance, theater, and cinema; He has also occasionally produced concerts incorporating dance, most notably with the Peridance Contemporary Dance Ensemble of New York.
Project Title: Performance Tradition in Russian Opera and Ballet: a Cross Disciplinary Inquiry
Horowitz’s goal is to develop a vocabulary for comparing performance practice in opera and ballet and to apply that vocabulary to a cross-disciplinary inquiry into traditional Russian practice. His project will compare narratives for performance practice and institutional history in ballet and classical music and ponders the present day challenge to balance tradition and renewal in opera and ballet performance.