Classics in Context


September 15, 2020 at 7PM

Dr. Charles P. Conrad: "Classical" vs. “classical” Music
Watch the previously recorded session here! 


Wikipedia defines classical music as “art music produced or rooted in the traditions of Western culture, including both liturgical and secular music.” Within that larger scope is the Classical period of music, which lasted roughly from 1730 until 1815 and included the works of such composers as Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven. This Classics in Context presentation will explore both definitions and try to clear up any confusion the terms might create for listeners. It’s classical versus “Classical.”



November 11, 2020 at 7PM

Professor David Murray: Beethoven and the Bass Connection

Free through Zoom


Celebrate Beethoven’s 250th birthday with a presentation by internationally recognized principal bassist David Murray.


Professor Murray will explore the relationship between Beethoven and virtuoso bassist Domenico Dragonetti. Though not close friends, they did play one of Beethoven’s cello sonatas together, and the fourth movement of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony begins with a recitative for cello and bass – which is said to have been played solo at the premiere by Dragonetti!


Murray also will provide a general analysis of the Ninth Symphony and discuss Beethoven’s symphonic development leading up to the celebrated composition. As a bonus, Murray will perform an excerpt of the recitative on his bass.



January 28, 2021 at 7PM
Dr. Laura Colgate: "Where are the Women?"
Free through Zoom

How many women composers can you name? Wondering why you don't hear more music written by women at concerts? Join Dr. Laura Colgate of Boulanger Initiative for a discussion examining why, in the year 2020, the classical music industry is still not inclusive of music by women. Discover how we got here, what needs to be done, and what you can do to create a more level playing field for the future of classical music. The program is followed by audience Q&A.



March 9, 2021 at 7PM
Randy Thornton: The Maestros and the Mouse
: The Use and Influence of Classical Music Through Disney History
Free through Zoom

Grammy Award-winning Disney Music producer and historian Randy Thornton explores Disney’s skillful use of classical masterpieces that have been woven through such works as Silly Symphonies, Fantasia, Sleeping Beauty and the Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room attraction. The program includes such luminaries as Edvard Grieg, Leopold Stokowski, Ludwig van Beethoven, Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Sergei Prokofiev and Jacques Offenbach. The program will conclude with a Q&A session.


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