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Musicology LIVE!

Programs include:


Great American Composer: Samuel Barber and the Violin Concerto

Exploration of the life, times, and music of Samuel Barber. 

- Performance: 

Violin Concerto op. 14

Excerpts from String Quartet op. 11

Violinist Composers: Then and Now

In Two Parts: Exploration of Violinists Composers and their works, ranging from the time of Napoleon through the dot com era.

- Performance: 

Spanish Dances (Malagena and Romanza Andaluza) by Pablo De Sarasate

Sonata for Solo Violin by Francesco Geminiani

Rondino on a Theme by Beethoven, Fritz Kreisler 

Collection of pieces by Zachary Montasser 

Arrangements and Improvisations

-How composers of the past have put their own spin on music that already exists.

- Performance: 

"Italian Concerto" By J.S. Bach

Nocturne no. 20 by Chopin

Vocalise by Rachmaninov

Toccatta from Tocatta and Fugue by J.S. Bach

Showcase: Brilliant Black Musicians

Biographical survey of Prodigy Jazz Violinist Eddie South, King of Rag Scott Joplin, and Virtuoso Composer Joseph Bologne Chevalier de St. George.

- Performance: 

Paragon Rag - Scott Joplin

Overture to "L'Amant Anonyme" - Joseph Bologne Chevalier de St. George

"Southern Swing" by Zachary Montasser, inspired by Eddie South

Beethoven: The Hero?

In 2 parts: In 1803, Beethoven was devastated by his hearing loss and wrote a testament to his brothers explaining the extent of his despair.  It was during this time that he wrote his Third Symphony, "Eroica,"  which is both a personal and historical statement, glorifying the Heroic Ideal as personified by Napoleon.

- Performance: 

Symphony no. 3, mvmt 1, 2, 4

Eastern European Compoasers: Rachmaninoff and Chopin

Biographical surveys of Sergei Rachmaninoff and Frederic Chopin

- Performance: 

Serenade Op. 3, no. 5, arr. Michael Press

Vocalise Op. 34 no. 14

Nocturne No. 20, op. Posth., arr Nathan Milstein

Ives and Emerson

Biographical Survey of Ives, his relationship with Existentilism and the Emersonian Ideal

- Performance:

Sonata no. 4

Mozart: The Prodigy Years

Mozart's Childhood, Early Career

- Performance: Violin Concerto in G major, K. 216, Cadenzas by Zachary Montasser

- Program Note Comparison

Stephen C. Foster and the American Song

Exploration of the life and times of Stephen Foster, and how his songs defined an era and the American Sound.

- Performance:

"Beautiful Dreamer"

"Captown Races"
"Come with thy Sweet Voice Again"

"Hard Times Come"

"My Old Kentucky"

"Oh Susannah"

Verdi Operas! La Traviata, Il Trovatore

Brief Biographical survey of Giuseppe Verdi.  Plot Synopsis of two of his most famous operas, Il Trovatore and Traviata

- Performance:

Selections from La Traviata, Il Trovatore.

arr. A. Melchiori

The Violin: Four Eras (Four Separate Presentations)

- Late Baroque

- Classical

- Romantic

- 20th Century

Lecture: Explore how different composers in different eras have used the violin as a vehicle of expression.

 - Performance:

Preludio from Partita No. 3 in E major, J.S. Bach

Concerto no. 4, mvmd 1, Wolfgang Mozart

Violin Concerto Op. 77, mvmt. 1


The Violin: Four Eras - The Late Baroque - Bach and Telemann

When and what was the Late Baroque Era in Music?  Biographical Surveys of J.S. Bach and George Philip Telemann

- Performance:

Tocatta from Tocatta and Fugue BWV. 565, arr. Zachary Montasser

Cello Suite No. 3, arr. Ferdinand David

Fantasia no. 1 in B flat Major

Brahms' Inner Struggle

Being Beethoven's Successor, having friends to help him through it.

- Performance:

Hungarian Dance Nos. 2, 5

Assorted Movements from Violin Sonatas no. 2 and 3

Concerto No. 1, Mvmt 1

Beethoven and the String Quartets

Early Period

Middle Period

Late Period

Early 20th Century French Music

An exploration of French Composers and how they created a French Musical Identity and at the turn of the 19th into the 20th Centuries.

- Performance

Faure - Apres Un Reve

Girl with the Flaxen Hair, Clair de Lune

All Presentations subject to change.

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