EUGENE, Ore. (KMTR) -- Honoring slain University of Oregon Professor Anne Dhu McLucas, friends and colleagues came together Friday, presenting their work in her memory.
More than a dozen people who worked with Anne McLucas gathered at the University of Oregon to honor her career on Friday as part of a planned symposium.
The longtime professor of music at the UO, Anne McLucas was killed on September 7. She was supposed to retire in December. She and her colleagues were in the process of putting together two different symposiums to honor McLucas’ career.
"We're going through with it despite her death and now we're honoring her memory,” said Professor Marien Smith, a friend of Anne McLucas’ and a professor at the University of Oregon School of Music and Dance.
The second symposium kicked off Friday, October 19t at the Collier House on the UO campus with several people who worked with McLucas from all over the world coming out, presenting their work in music.
McLucas had her hand in many people’s work, inspiring them with her opinions and dialogue about music. Anne was an expert in the foundations of music and how different culture impacts musical styles. Some of her research delved into the psychological impact of music on the human brain.
"Someone who was full of love, she loved music, she loved ideas - she kind of went across all of the borders. She didn't care what kind of music it was, she was just interested in everything, so I think that will be reflected in the symposium and in the memorial service,” said Professor Smith.
Saturday the UO School of Music and Dance will host a memorial service for McLucas at Beall Hall on 18th Avenue and Alder Street in Eugene. The service begins at 4 PM and is open to the public.
McLucas’ last piece of publicly published work was titled 'The Musical Ear: Oral Tradition in the U.S.A.' and looked at the psychological study and influence of folk music on much of American's music today. To learn more about the work, click the following link: http://www.amazon.com/Musical-Ear-Tradition-Studies-Psychology/dp/0754663965/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1267226257&sr=8-1#