In the early 20th century, composer Béla Bartók (1881-1945) revolutionized the musical world by allowing the folk songs of his native Hungary shape his orchestral compositions.
Along the way he created sounds and rhythms unimagined by his contemporaries and became a founding father of modern music.
Elliott Antokoletz, professor of musicology at the University of Texas at Austin and one of the world's leading experts on Bartók, discusses the composer's contributions in The Evolution of Bartók's Music Language on Wednesday, March 14, at 6:30 p.m.at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.
Through music performed by students of the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance, Dr. Antokoletz will show how the composer of Cantata Profana and the Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celesta was able to synthesize East and West to form new musical expressions.
Antokoletz is the author of numerous books about Bartók , including The Music of Béla Bartók: A Study of Tonality and Progression in Twentieth-Century Music and Musical Symbolism in the Operas of Debussy and Bartók: Trauma, Gender, and the Unfolding of the Unconscious. He has contributed articles to most of the major music journals.
Admission is free. A 6 p.m. reception precedes the event. RSVP online  or call 816.701.3407.
The event is sponsored by the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance.