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October 2019

Appalachian Spring at 75: Celebrating “A Legend of American Living”

October 11, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Michael Boriskin at the piano for Adult Lecture Series at Hoff-Barthelson Music School

Three-quarters of a century ago this fall, two of America’s most formidable artists – modern dance pioneer Martha Graham and “Dean of American Composers” Aaron Copland – undertook their only collaboration. Together, they created an enduring tale of struggle, survival, renewal, friendship, and faithfulness that immediately became a beloved landmark in 20th century American theater – the Pulitzer Prize-winning ballet Appalachian Spring. A triumph at its 1944 World Premiere, it was lauded by The New York Times for its “lean…

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November 2019

1944-45: Musical Lights in a Darkened Sky

November 15, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Aaron Copland described musical creativity as “a confirmation of life.” While a group of Westchester visionaries succeeded during the seemingly endless dark days of World War II 75 years ago in establishing an artistic oasis that became the Hoff-Barthelson Music School, leading composers in the U.S. and Europe were producing thrilling, life-affirming musical works. Acclaimed pianist and lecturer Michael Boriskin leads a wide-ranging tour through some of the most iconic and remarkable music created during that notable year of 1944-45…

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February 2020

Heaven, Hell, and Hollywood: Life and Music in Exile

February 14 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Michael Boriskin guest lecturer

Great Composers Lecture Series with Michael Boriskin In the period before, during, and after World War II, Los Angeles was home to as large an assemblage of musical talent than existed in any other major city. Arnold Schoenberg, Erich Korngold, Kurt Weill, Bruno Walter, Hanns Eisler, Ernst Toch, Igor Stravinsky, Franz Waxman, Otto Klemperer, and countless other composers, instrumentalists, and vocalists all sought a haven as they fled the ravages of war, tyranny, persecution, and at least probable death. Some…

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April 2020

The Listening Eye: The Intersection of Art and Music

April 17 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Michael Boriskin guest lecturer

PLEASE NOTE: This event has been cancelled because of the COVID-19 crisis and will be rescheduled during the 2020-21 school year. Great Composers Lecture Series with Michael Boriskin 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…

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