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Summer Arts Intensives

With Dr. Jeffrey Langford and Dr. Joanne Polk

Date & Time: Saturday, July 18, 2015 @ 2:30 pm
Location: Piano Performance Museum, Doctorow Center for the Arts, 7971 Main Street, Village of Hunter (CLICK HERE for directions)
Tickets: $10 adults/seniors; $7 students

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This lecture/demonstration is part of the Catskill Mountain Foundationís Piano Performance Museum Concerts & Conversations series.

Musicologist Dr. Jeffrey Langford and pianist Dr. Joanne Polk will present a lecture about the music of Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn, their influence on one another, and the stories of their intertwined lives. The Mendelssohns were siblings, and competitive ones at that, whose family clearly favored Felix as the star composer. Yet Fanny continued to compose, against the wishes not only of her brother, but her father and grandfather as well. Fannyís greatest support came from her husband, Wilhelm Hensel, a painter and sculptor who encouraged her to pursue her passions and her talents. The lecture will involve demonstrations of the music on a mid-nineteenth century Broadwood piano of the kind that the Mendelssohns might have used. This instrument is one of the special pianos in the Piano Performance Museum collection.

An important part of this lecture is the opportunity audiences will have to hear this music played on an instrument that is considerably different from a modern concert grand and to consider how this older instrument might have impacted the composing and performance of the Mendelssohns.



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