February 17, 2013 – “A COMPOSER’S JOURNEY – BRAHMS GEMS”


Sunday, February 17, 2013, from 2:15 to 5:00pm:


Johannes Brahms has been widely considered one of the most highly-evolved composers. His first short piano pieces, op.76 exhibit mastery and unique musicality; his last piano works of op.119 offer the sublime, unfolded in music.  The Rhapsody in B minor of op.79 is sweeping, volcanic, and contains inspired lyricism; and the last Ballade of his early op.10 unlocks depths of sound, which are stirring and profound. This journey through listening and pondering in depth reveals penetrating communication within a kind of absolute music, and the creative artistry of this musical genius.

Background about Brahms and the incredible era of music during which he was alive, is explored. E.T.A. Hoffman’s writing has effect on young Johannes’ musical character; a famous artist of the time, Max Klinger, created the “Brahms Fantasy”, artwork that Brahms became fascinated with at the end of his life. We take alook at the “War of the Romantics” and Brahms’ musical place within it. Hear and feel his music; he believed the soul and character in his music came through hard work and craft; we delve into rendering its spirit through live playing.    


LOCATION:         Ivy Hall (held in the Ballroom) – International Institute for Culture

6331 Lancaster Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19151

Email: RHaas@iiCulture.org  —  www.iiCulture.org  — 215-877-9910

COST: $30/general –  $20/seniors – $15/students (under 18, or with student ID)

                                ** Admissions may be paid at the door **

SERIES RATE: (any 6 admissions): $150/general – $100/seniors – $75/students

INFORMATION: www.FineArtPianoCompany.com – or call Rollin Wilber at 215-803-9725