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Ludwig van Beethoven: Madman? Genius? Both?

Ludwig van Beethoven: Madman? Genius? Both?
Great Composers Lecture Continues  Series at Hoff-Barthelson Music School with guest Lecturer Michael Boriskin

Hoff-Barthelson Music School’s new Great Composers Lecture Series for music aficionados, continues with Ludwig van Beethoven: Madman? Genius? Both? on Friday, March 16, 2018, at 11:00 am. Presented by Copland House Artistic Director Michael Boriskin, the lecture takes place at the School’s Behrens Bergman Auditorium, 25 School Lane, Scarsdale. Admission is $25;  HBMS students may attend free of charge. Space is limited; reservations are strongly encouraged.

Ludwig van Beethoven: Madman? Genius? Both?  — “Mad,” “incomprehensible,” “repulsive,” “ludicrous,” “rambling,” “outrageous,” “mystifying” – those were just a few of the words prominent critics, experienced listeners, and even some accomplished musicians used in the first decades of the 1800s to describe Ludwig van Beethoven’s works. His music was always intense, dramatic, and deeply-expressive, but they often also inhabited mystical, ethereal, and primal realms (especially in his late works) that baffled and sometimes offended his audiences. This session will travel to those regions we now revere as sublime and awe-inspiring to hear what Beethoven – deaf by his mid-30s! – “heard” in his mind in some of the most enduring, searing, and profoundly eloquent musical works ever composed!

For additional information, or to reserve tickets:
hb@hbms.org; 914-723-1169; www.hbms.org

About Michael Boriskin:
Hailed by The New York Times as “our fearless tour guide, who offers an adventure for the audience,” internationally-acclaimed pianist Michael Boriskin performs in over 30 countries at major concert halls and festivals and as soloist with leading orchestras and chamber ensembles, and records extensively for important American and European labels. He is a much-sought-after lecturer in three languages on both sides of the Atlantic, and is a familiar presence on National Public Radio as a commentator, host, and performer. He has also served as a program advisor for the New York Philharmonic, Carnegie Hall, the U.S. Department of State, Columbia University’s Miller Theater, and many other leading organizations, and is the longtime Artistic and Executive Director of Copland House, the award-winning creative center for American music based at Aaron Copland’s National Historic Landmark home in northern Westchester.

About Hoff-Barthelson Music School:
Hoff-Barthelson Music School has achieved national recognition as a premier community music school for its unsurpassed leadership in education, performance and community service. With a faculty drawn from the region’s most talented teachers and performers, the School has long been one of Westchester County’s most cherished cultural resources. Whatever a student’s age or level of musical interest, HBMS’ diverse offerings provide the highest quality musical education, personally tailored to his or her specific passions and goals in a supportive and vibrant community. The School will celebrate its 75th anniversary in 2019-2020.

The Great Composers Lecture Series is made possible, in part, by ArtsWestchester with support from Westchester County Government, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Photo credit and caption: Michael Boriskin is guest lecturer for Hoff-Barthelson Music School’s Great Composers Lecture Series. Photo by Tracy Ketcher.

Event Location and Ticket Information

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Hoff-Barthelson Music School
25 School Lane
Scarsdale, New York 10583
Handicap Accessible? Yes

Date: Friday, March 16, 2018
Times: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Ticket pricing:

$25 - General Admisison
Free of charge - HBMS Students

Presenter: Hoff-Barthelson Music School
Presenter Phone: 914-723-1169
Presenter Website: www.hbms.org