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Renée Levine Packer was administrator with Lukas Foss and Allen Sapp and codirector with Jan Williams and Morton Feldman of the Center of the Creative and Performing Arts at SUNY Buffalo, and a director of the Contemporary Music Festival at the California Institute of the Arts. She has been director of the Inter-Arts program at the National Endowment for the Arts, the producer of Steve Reich and Beryl Korot‘s multimedia opera The Cave, and a dean at the Maryland Institute College of Art. This Life of Sounds received ASCAP’s Deems Taylor Award for excellence. Her recent book with co-editor Mary Jane Leach, Gay Guerrilla: Julius Eastman and His Music was published in 2015 by the University of Rochester Press.

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  1. Hello, Renee! I will be performing and discussing the Six Sonatas and Partitas for Unaccompanied Violin by Bach at the La Jolla Athenaeum in a two-part lecture-concert mini-series, on Tuesdays, March 7 & 14 (Part I: Sonatas; Part II: Partitas). I will be playing an original, unmodified Baroque violin that I found in Vienna, while I was living there. It has a unique sound — a direct and visceral link to Bach’s time! If you are in town, I hope that you will be able to join me! 🙏😍🎻

  2. Very nice! Let’s talk after your fundraiser. We all went out for Cuban-Jazz tonight. The performers sang and spoke in Spanish. Missed your presence. XO

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  3. Hello Renee.

    I am a bookseller with a shop–FITZ Books–in downtown Buffalo. I make sure to have both of your books in stock at all times to keep the legacy of what you and others accomplished here in the 70s alive. I have a few questions regarding books and other artifacts of that era. Is there an email where I can reach you, or would you be willing to email me?



  4. Hello Victoria, Thanks for your note. So sorry to say thay I have committed to another findraising engagament at that same time. Didn’t realize about the conflict. MERDE! Renee

  5. Hi Renée! I hope to see you on Sunday afternoon (January 15 @4 p.m.) for my Stravinsky extravaganza! It is for me, quite literally, the performance of a lifetime! (It is also the perfect complement to my lecture series on Diaghilev!) Looking forward to reconnecting with you! All the best!

  6. Renée bonjour finalement je vous ai retrouvee. Je pensais a vous et j ai. Trouve un article concernant votre livre IL est toujours avec mes livres preferes quand je pense a vous 2 mots me reviennent elegante et soignee amitie Dominique

  7. Hi renee. Just found you. Were still in vancouver BC. Love to hear from you. Phyllis & Leonard

  8. Dear Renée – would you be willing to talk with me about a book project I’m putting together on musical minimalism in NYC between the mid-‘60s to mid-‘90s, with a substantial focus on Julius Eastman? Be good to get your take on some things specific to him, if at all possible. Best wishes, and thanks in advance. Ryan H.

  9. Hello Hannah, Dustin Hurt at Bowerbird music in Philadelphia is engaged in doing research on Max Neuhaus. You might want to look up that organization and see what he has unearthed. More work needs to be done on Max, Best wishes, Renee

    On Tue, Mar 26, 2019 at 8:59 AM Renée Levine Packer wrote:


  10. I found your book on New Music in Buffalo, very helpful and was interested in the Max Neuhaus piece performed in a local pool. I’d like to find out more!

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