November 2011
Kalinak lecture to focus on three Tiomkin Westerns

Kathryn Kalinak, a Rhode Island College professor and noted author, will deliver a lecture, “Scoring the West: Notes on Dimitri Tiomkin, Howard Hawks, and the Western,” on the RIC campus on Wednesday, November 30. She will speak on three films—Red River (1948), The Big Sky (1952), and Rio Bravo (1959)—directed by Howard Hawks. If you live on the Eastern seaboard, make your way over to Providence, Rhode Island, and to Alger Hall, room 110, at 4 p.m. to hear this year’s Thorp Lecture on the subject of film music. Kalinak is the 2011-12 Mary Tucker Thorp College Professor. In preparation for the lecture, Kalinak examined archival material on Tiomkin and Hawks at the University of Southern California Cinematic Arts Library and the Academy’s Margaret Herrick Library. She is the author or editor of several highly regarded books on film music. Her latest effort, “Music in the Western: Notes from the Frontier,” which she edited, introduced, and contributed to, will be discussed on this site in December when we take a closer look at the book, recently published by Routledge, that includes fascinating new research and observations on the music and influence of Dimitri Tiomkin’s Western film scores.

For more information and a printable flyer, see “Prof. Kathryn Kalinak to deliver Thorp Lecture,” Nov. 30.

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