February 17, 2013 – A COMPOSER’S JOURNEY – BRAHMS GEMS
Brahms has been widely considered one of the most highly-evolved composers. His first short piano pieces, op.76 exhibit mastery and profound musicality. A listening treat of communicating sound quality.
March 17, 2013 – A LEAP OF ROMANTICISM
Crossing the defining lines of classic and romantic periods; the composer creates it, and we must grab it. Pursuing the inner beauty of op.109, a most extraordinary Beethoven piano sonata.
April 14, 2013 – MUSICAL IMPRESSIONISM: SOUND AS ATMOSPHERE
Over one hundred years ago, this visionary form of music stepped out of the mainstream. The atmosphere created by impressionistic music grows out of its lush and ephemeral sounds. Composers of this music, Debussy, Ravel and others, envelop us with their astonishing sound creations.
May 19, 2013 – CHOPIN: CONNECTIONS WITH MOZART & BACH
Chopin was deeply drawn to the music of Mozart and Bach, returning to it throughout his life. Connections are uncovered between musical styles, their common ground, and how they profoundly enrich each other.
June 9, 2013 – BEYOND BOUNDARIES – MUSICAL THINKING & PABLO CASALS”
This begins an on-going study/discussion of a most remarkable book on musical ideas, “CONVERSATIONS WITH PABLO CASALS,” about the artist who would not be boxed in, or ever separate his art from life. We use the live playing of fine music to help us ponder his inspiring trains of thought.