08TBILISI2, AMERICAN CONTEMPORARY CLASSICAL COMPOSER BRINGS SHOCK

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08TBILISI2 2008-01-03 08:07 2011-08-30 01:44 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Tbilisi

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INFO RUEHZL/EUROPEAN POLITICAL COLLECTIVE

UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 TBILISI 000002 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
STATE FOR EUR/PPD FOR SALTMAN-WINANS; LDAVIS; ECA/PE/C/CU 
KWANSICOTT 
 
E.O.12958: N/A 
TAGS: SCUL KPAO GG
SUBJECT:  AMERICAN CONTEMPORARY CLASSICAL COMPOSER BRINGS SHOCK 
THERAPY TO TBILISI 
 
 
1.  SUMMARY:  American composer George Flynn's visit to Tbilisi was 
the first opportunity for Georgians to meet a living American 
classical composer and experience contemporary classical music that 
is uniquely American.  Flynn and his music were featured in the 
Tbilisi Conservatory's "Eteriani - Piano Days" from December 3-10, 
co-organized by the Embassy, the Conservatory,  and 
Georgian-American concert pianist and De Paul university professor 
of piano, Eteri Anjaparidze.  Ms. Anjaparidze, three of her Georgian 
masters level students from De Paul, and Flynn himself performed his 
piano compositions in front of a packed audience.  His visit not 
only raised awareness and understanding of the sounds defining 
American contemporary classical music, but also provided an 
invaluable opportunity for Georgians to listen to and interact with 
a well-known American composer. 
 
RESULTS 
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2.  Mr. Flynn's visit to Tbilisi was a kind of 'shock therapy' for 
the classical music world in Georgia.  Classical music - especially 
European baroque and romantic music - has strong roots in Tbilisi 
and is a defining aspect of Georgia's musical identity.  Flynn's 
uniquely American style of contemporary classical music, while 
considered 'mainstream' in the contemporary classical field, 
represents a dramatic shift from the traditional European classical 
music which is the main focus of music performance and music theory 
curricula in Georgia. 
 
3.  Mr. Flynn's visit served as an example of the strong 
collaborations taking place in the classical music field between 
America and Georgia today.  Presented within the context of Eteri 
Anjaparidze's third annual "Piano Days" at the Tbilisi Conservatory, 
the program highlighted not only Flynn the composer, but it also 
profiled three young, accomplished, Georgian piano students 
currently studying with Professor Anjaparidze at DePaul who 
performed Flynn's very difficult pieces.  This performance of 
Flynn's piano pieces followed on the heels of a similar concert at 
De Paul University in honor of the composer's 70th birthday. 
 
4.  Mr. Flynn's presence in Tbilisi also raised awareness of 
contemporary American history and its cultural context. Heavily 
influenced by the events of Vietnam while a music student at 
Columbia University in the late 1960's, many of Mr. Flynn's 
compositions reflect the sounds and thoughts of this period.  During 
a lecture at the Tbilisi Conservatory, Flynn discussed some of these 
deeper meanings with music students and painted a comprehensive 
picture of the 1960's environment in America that profoundly shaped 
his compositions. 
 
MULTIPLIER EFFECTS 
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5.  During his week in Georgia, Mr. Flynn repeatedly expressed his 
desire to further develop the relationship between America and 
Georgia in the field of contemporary classical music.  He was 
especially interested in developing a reciprocal program in the 
United States that would bring a young Georgian composer to perform 
Georgian contemporary classical music to American audiences. While 
many details of these trips have yet to be worked out, Mr. Flynn's 
enthusiasm suggests that great potential exists for such 
collaboration. 
 
THE PROGRAM 
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6.  The week-long program incorporated a variety of performances, 
lectures and meetings.  Mr. Flynn performed and presented his 
compositions during the opening concert of the 'piano days' 
celebration. During a lecture at the Tbilisi Conservatory, Mr. Flynn 
provided a brief history on American contemporary classical music 
and discussed the influences and technical processes behind his own 
compositions.  The composer was also in attendance at each of the 
six classical music master classes conducted by Professor 
Anjaparidze over the course of the week.  The program concluded with 
an evening reception at the residence of the DCM that brought 
together music professors, students, media personalities and others 
from Georgia's music community. 
 
MEDIA 
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7.  During the week Mr. Flynn and Ms. Andjaparidze visited Georgia's 
classical music radio station, Radio MUZA, an NGO started under the 
auspices of Georgia's beloved First Lady, for an hour-long interview 
that will be translated into Georgian and stored in the stations 
archives.  Mr. Flynn was also the featured guest on the "Late Night 
Talk" on Georgian Public Television with host (and Tbilisi's first 
Fulbright alumnus) Zurab Karumidze.  Georgian Public Television 
covered segments of the opening concert in their evening news 
 
TBILISI 00000002  002 OF 002 
 
 
broadcast. 
 
FUNDING 
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8.  Flynn's program was co-sponsored by the Tbilisi Conservatory and 
Eteri Anjaparidze/DePaul University, and funded by PAS Tbilisi. 
 
TEFFT

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