DMA Lecture Recital: "Ravel the Existentialist?" (Leslie Cain, piano)

Event Date: 

Sunday, December 3, 2017 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Event Date Details: 

Event Location: 

  • Karl Geiringer Hall

Event Price: 

Admission is free.

Event Contact: 

Adriane Hill
Marketing and Communications Manager
UC Santa Barbara Department of Music
(805) 893-3230
Leslie Cain
In "Ravel the Existentialist?", doctoral candidate Leslie Cain explores the relationship between the philosophy of Jean-Paul Sartre and the life and music of Maurice Ravel. Addressing many of the "Ravel phenomena" that have become major topics in existing scholarship - from the sound of his music, to the peculiarities of his social comportment and his dandyist sense of style - Ms. Cain observes that Ravel exhibits a distinctive sense of self, one that anticipates the existentialist principles that Sartre presents in "Being and Nothingness," published six years after the composer's death. The lecture will feature live musical examples performed by Ms. Cain, and conclude with a brief discussion of how her analysis might be incorporated by performers into their interpretations of Ravel. A light reception of French sweets and beverages will follow. Sunday, December 3, 2017 from 2-3:30 p.m. in Karl Geiringer Hall. Admission is free.
Pianist Leslie Cain is a DMA Candidate at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she studies with Paul Berkowitz.  She completed her undergraduate degree at the Manhattan School of Music as a student of André-Michel Schub. Leslie also holds a BA in Philosophy from California State University, Los Angeles, from which she graduated at age 18 as part of the school's Early Entrance Program. 
Leslie's numerous recognitions include first prizes in the Los Angeles International Liszt Competition, the MTNA Senior Piano Competition, and the Cypress College Piano Competition. In the spring of 2015, Leslie performed by invitation of the Weill Music Institute as part of the inaugural season of the Resnick Education Wing at Carnegie Hall, in an all-Debussy master class conducted by Richard Goode. She has also enjoyed lessons with Murray Perahia, Jeremy Denk, Gilbert Kalish, Yo-Yo Ma, Lynn Harrell, the Kronos Quartet, and the Danish String Quartet. Leslie is an alumna of the prestigious American Conservatory at Fontainebleau, the annual summer institute held at the Palace of Fontainebleau, France. 
Leslie's academic focus is the repertoire and cultural philosophy of fin de siècle France, especially the music and life of Maurice Ravel. In her time outside school, she enjoys teaching fitness classes at barre3 Santa Barbara, riding her scooter around town, and listening to psychedelic garage rock. 


Leslie Cain