Scholarly Fame and Fandom

Musicologists are singing the praises of Dan Cavicchi, associate professor of American Studies, as his book Listening and Longing: Music Lovers in the Age of Barnum continues to attract attention.

In the latest news: the book – which analyzes the emergence of ”burgeoning concert culture” in America from the antebellum period to the 21st century – has won this year’s Peter C. Rollins Book Award from the Northeast Popular Culture Association (NEPCA) and a Deems Taylor Award from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).

The winners of the ASCAP awards will be honored at a November ceremony in New York City. In honor of Cavicchi, who serves as the head of RISD’s department of History, Philosophy and the Social Sciences, the night will feature music from opera star Jenny Lind’s first US performance in 1850. 

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