The Listening Eye: The Intersection of Art and Music Great Composers Lecture Series with guest lecturer Michael Boriskin


Friday, April 17, 2020
11:00 am - 12:30 pm


Hoff-Barthelson Music School’s 2019-2020 Great Composers Lecture Series concludes on Friday, April 17, 2020, at 11:00 am with The Listening Eye: The Intersection of Art and Music.

Generations of composers and visual artists have often occupied the same artistic and intellectual space, and even shared similar language in describing their work. Line, color, modality, rhythm, motifs, perspective, and imagery…  their expressive and creative goals have often been related, even if the means and methods (time versus space, sound instead of sight, etc.) were not. Impressionism, abstract expressionism, minimalism, modernism, and so many other –isms and movements have expressed themselves in both the visual arts and music – often during the same eras. The painters Delacroix, Monet, Seurat, Klee, Kandinsky, Picasso, Mondrian and so many others found their musical analogues in a whole host of composers, including Chopin, Liszt, Debussy, Ravel, Schoenberg, and Webern, to name only a few. Noted pianist and lecturer Michael Boriskin will explore the interaction between tone and visual texture, sound and sight, as he gives new meaning to the notion of the “audio tour.”

The lecture takes place at the School located at 25 School Lane, Scarsdale. Admission is $30. HBMS students and parents of HBMS students may attend free of charge. Space is limited; reservations are strongly encouraged.

For additional information, or to reserve seats:

[email protected]; 914-723-1169;

 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 has taken listeners in over 30 countries on provocative journeys across four centuries of music.

From Berlin to Buenos Aires and Toronto to Tokyo, he appears at major concert halls and festivals, including Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Tanglewood, Ravinia Festival, BBC, South West German Radio, and Library of Congress. He has performed as soloist with leading orchestras and as guest artist with countless 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 Music Director of Mikhail Baryshnikov’s fabled White Oak Dance Project, and been a program advisor for the New York Philharmonic, Carnegie Hall, the U.S. Department of State, and many other leading organizations.

He 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, now celebrating its 75th Anniversary, 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. At Hoff-Barthelson, students find a warm, friendly music school dedicated to the highest standards of education, performance, and community service. Students of all ages, aptitudes, and levels of interest enjoy a supportive, joyful learning environment; a focus on the whole person; exceptional teaching; and a multifaceted curriculum.

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 Alison Bert.

Event Location and Ticket Information

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

Date: Friday, April 17, 2020
Times: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Ticket pricing:

$30.00 - General Admission
Free of Charge - HBMS Students and parents of HBMS Students

Presenter: Michael Boriskin
Presenter Phone: 914-723-1169
Presenter Website:

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