Media Advisory: Wake Forest names Scott Klein as artistic director of the Secrest Artists Series

Wake Forest University has named Scott W. Klein, professor and chair of the English department, as the artistic director of the Secrest Artists Series, a signature performing arts series at Wake Forest University.

The Secrest Artists Series has a long and distinguished history of presenting, to the campus of Wake Forest and to the surrounding community, performing artists of national and international reputation such as Itzhak Perlman, Christopher Parkening, Denyce Graves, and the National Symphony with Leonard Slatkin.

Klein has been deeply involved with the Secrest Series for many years, serving on the Secrest advisory committee, offering introductory lectures, and providing advice to the former director.

“Scott brings a wide range of experience and enthusiasm to the Series and to the performing arts, particularly classical music and jazz, but also world music, theater and dance,” said Provost Rogan Kersh.

“I’m honored to have been chosen for this position,” Klein says. “The Secrest Series is one of the most important programs through which Wake Forest shows its commitment to the arts and to the community, and it’s been central to my University experience since I joined the faculty in 1991.”

Klein is the author of “The Fictions of James Joyce and Wyndham Lewis: Monsters of Nature and Design” (Cambridge University Press), the editor of the Oxford World’s Classics edition of the 1928 edition of Wyndham Lewis’s “Tarr,” and, with Mark Antliff, the editor of the forthcoming essay collection “Vorticism:  New Perspectives” (Oxford University Press).

Klein’s academic work crosses between literature and music, film and the visual arts. He has frequently performed as a pianist, most notably with Cambridge Footlights while at Cambridge University, including four-person performances in 1982 at Riverside Studios in London with Emma Thompson, Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie.

Klein holds a bachelor of arts degree from Harvard University; a master of arts and bachelor of arts from Cambridge University; and master of arts, master of philosophy and a doctorate in philosophy from Yale University.


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