March 3, 2008
The History of the Twentieth Century Through Music
The President's Council Spring Dinner featured John Schaefer, host of WNYC's Soundcheck, interviewing Alex Ross, the bestselling author and music critic of The New Yorker, whose latest book, The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century, was named one of the top five non-fiction books of 2007 by The New York Times. Council members and guests were entertained and intrigued by Ross's description of the relationship between 20th-century history and social movements and the music they produced. A selection of manuscripts from the Library's music collections was on display as part of the program, including works by John Cage, Aaron Copland, and Igor Stravinsky. The event began with cocktails and the program in the South Court Auditorium, followed by the dinner in Astor Hall.
Alex Ross, in photo, with Council Co-Chairs Gayfryd Steinberg, left, and Louise Grunwald, right. Co-Chair Alice Tisch not pictured.