Join Music School Faculty and Guests at the Wilmington Branch for informal and entertaining conversations about music, with coffee and donuts!
$10 per class (no pre-registration required).
Select Saturdays, Room 115.
Classical and Popular Music—How They Influence Each Other
February 18, 2017 • 11am • Dr. Oleg Maslov, piano
General discussion of the social and historical reasons of the division of musical western culture into Classical and popular genres. Why did this division become wider and deeper during the Baroque, Classical and Romantic eras, reaching their climactic point at the end of 20th century? Freddy Mercury singing with Pavarotti and Yo-Yo Ma playing jazz are some examples of the unexpected fusion of Classical and popular Music in the 20th and 21st centuries.
Creation, Invention, Reflection: The Mastery of Developing a Single Theme
February 25, 2017 • 11am • Dr. Holly Roadfeldt, piano
How do composers begin with a few notes and end with a finished composition? Sometimes, we get a glimpse of this creative process with variation sets. Where will the composer go next? Find out in this Classical Café session as we peek at variations composed by Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms and Rachmaninoff. Holly Roadfeldt will be performing Rachmaninoff’s Variations on a Theme by Corellion the PianoFest concert at The Music School of Delaware on March 15, 2017.
Golden age of French Piano Music—Debussy and Ravel
March 11, 2017 • 11am • Dr. Oleg Maslov, piano
Common knowledge tells us that Debussy and Ravel represent one unified style—French Impressionism. However, a closer look tells a different story. In fact, Debussy and Ravel represent two absolutely different styles. Nevertheless, both are responsible for creating the Golden Age of French Piano Music. One of them - Debussy - was really not a pianist. Ravel, on other hand, was an excellent pianist. We will discuss differences in their styles using examples of their greatest compositions.
Introducing the Heavyweight Champion of Orchestration: Maurice Ravel
March 18, 2017 • 11am • Dr. Holly Roadfeldt, piano
In the 21st century, we are accustomed to listening to arrangements of works. A popular tune can be performed on a single voiced instrument, on a piano, or by a chamber ensemble with any combination of instruments. Melodies take on new and varied lives (and also emotionally affect the listener) simply by being played on a different instrument. This is certainly the case with Ravel’s famous orchestration of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, where he gives the original solo piano work a new luster. In this Classical Café session, we will explore how this creation goes far beyond an arrangement and becomes its own work of art. The Wilmington Community Orchestra will be performing this great composition on March 26, 2017!
Music: Our Universal Storyteller?
May 6, 2017 • 11am • Jennifer Nicole Campbell, piano
Hans Christian Andersen wrote: "Where words fail, music speaks." We feel connections through music every day, but how exactly does music speak to us? Is music a form of storytelling? Whether through a popular Disney song or through a Chopin Nocturne, we will discuss how music can be our universal storyteller. Bring your musical stories with you!