Dr. Patrick Barbier, music historian and professor at the Université Catholique de l’Ouest in Angers, France, will give a talk on Baroque music from the European 18th century discussing the relationship between music and society in a golden period for opera. Dr. Barbier is co-chair of the Department of Music and Musicology, and he is an expert on opera history, history of the castrati and music from the Baroque and Romantic periods.