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Lecture #1 – New York: A Musical Snapshot
Saturday, April 18 4:00 PM CDT
We’ll start with the arrival of Antonin Dvorak in1893 and talk about the influence of Harry T. Burleigh on his music which serves as a great stepping stone to George Gershwin and then it’s off to Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein, minimalism, the uptown/downtown divide and more!
Lecture #2 – Absinthe, Syphilis and the Romantics
Saturday, April 25 4:00 PM CDT
The Romantic Era in music, as in all of the arts, was an era of wild creativity and wild excess. Seth will give backdrop on the era and give historical perspective on key figures including the man who started it all, E.T.A. Hoffman.
Music by several of the most important composers of the era will be featured including Franz Schubert, Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn, Hector Berlioz, Robert Schumann and more.
Lecture #3 – Identity Music
Saturday, May 2 4:00 CDT
Composers throughout all eras have obsessed over the idea of national identity even, in the case of Jean Sibelius and Finland, been instrumental in helping create a national identity through their music.
Seth will discuss how composers in the Czech Republic, United States of America, Russia, England, France, Poland, China and Germany have wrestled with or embraced nationalism and how it affected their music.
Lecture #4 – Stravinsky vs Schönberg
Saturday, May 9 4:00 CDT
This lecture will talk about how each composer had a hand in indelibly defining a century of classical music with reverberations continuing today.
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