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Exploring Early Keyboard Instruments

Unravel the mysteries of earlier keyboard instruments, taken from "behind the glass" in museum exhibits into twenty-first century reality. This course offers a rare opportunity to interact with historical keyboard instruments and learn about how they evolved and how they relate to one another. Concertgoers, advanced music students, and early music enthusiasts will learn more about instruments such as the harpsichord, clavichord, and the fortepiano.

Rachmaninoff: Russian Romantic Extraordinaire

One of the greatest pianists in history, Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943) continued the line of great Russian Romantic music championed by the likes of Tchaikovsky and Rimsky-Korsakov. As he claimed, "I am a Russian composer and the land of my birth has influenced my temperament and outlook. My music is the product of my temperament, and so it is Russian music."  Although the solo piano music and the piano concertos form the backbone of his work, Rachmaninoff also created lush, rich Romantic symphonies, tone poems, choral music and operas.

Beethoven Symphonies: The Universe in Music

Beethoven (1770-1827) once said, “Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.” That belief is perhaps no better illustrated than in his nine symphonies. They are the most famous and frequently-performed symphonies ever composed - often likened to other great masterpieces of art, such as the plays of Shakespeare or the sculpture of Michelangelo. But what makes them so legendary, and what can they express and communicate to us today, in our busy, hectic lives, two hundred years later?

Great Violin Concertos

Often said to be the instrument closest to the human voice, the musical properties and characteristics of the violin have attracted composers through the centuries. Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Sibelius and many others composed violin concertos that are now popular repertoire in concerts around the globe. With the ability to "sing" melodies, as well as handle fast, agile sequences, the violin's versatility combines tender lyricism with pyrotechnical brilliance, making it one of the most communicative and expressive of all instruments.

How Music Works: Part 1

If you've always wanted to understand how music "works," this practical session combining guided listening and active participation in basic musicianship exercises is for you. Explore the building blocks of music and how they create the magic of the music you love! We'll deconstruct selections from classical, folk, and popular repertoires---including Mozart's "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik," Pachelbel's "Canon," Handel's "Hallelujah Chorus," Bach's cello suites, and pieces by Bernstein, the Beatles, B.B.

Recorder Romp!

If you thought the recorder was just an instrument for school concerts, think again! In February 2018, Tafelmusik presents A Recorder Romp, which highlights the instrument in ebullient concertos by Vivaldi and Telemann for one, two, three and more soloists, and a set of 'nightingale' variations from 17th-century Holland.

Comedy in Mozart Operas

About half of Mozart's operas have comic storylines and a rich array of characters etched musically with a knowing tongue in cheek. With the action set everywhere from exotic harems to the upstairs/downstairs world of aristocratic mansions, the operas are comedies of manners that highlight the foibles of the passionate human heart. This four-week series traces the evolution of Mozart's comic genius, focusing especially on the decade from 1782, which started with Die Entführing aus dem Serail, included Le nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni and Così fan tutte, and ended with Die Zauberflöte. 

The 2017 Bata Shoe Museum Founder's Lecture

The BSM is very excited to welcome as this year’s Founder’s Lecture speaker, Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator at The Museum of Modern Art in the Department of Architecture & Design, as well as MoMA’s founding Director of Research & Development.  Antonelli has curated numerous shows, lectured worldwide, and has served on several international architecture and design juries. She has taught at the University of California, Los Angeles; the Harvard Graduate School of Design; and the MFA programs of the School of Visual Arts in New York.


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