Fee: $1503-week series
It is the rare piano recital today that does not include a work by Frederic Chopin, and many are all-Chopin. Composing and performing just as the piano was coming of age, the piano music by Chopin clearly expressed the ideals of the burgeoning 19th century Romantic period - passionate, dramatic, emotional and virtuosic. And, at a time when nationalism and patriotism were rife, Chopin's Polish blood coursed thick through his veins with stylized Polish dances like the Mazurka and the Polonaise. As Robert Schumann claimed when he first heard the music of Chopin, "Hats off, gentlemen, a genius!".
This series will explore the historic, social and musical context behind Chopin's beloved piano music.
About the Instructor:
Rick Phillips was affiliated with CBC Radio for 30 years, working in Montreal, Edmonton, Calgary, and Toronto in a career that spanned production to management to on-air. For 14 years, he was the Host and Producer of SOUND ADVICE, the weekly guide to classical music and recordings heard across Canada on CBC Radio One and CBC Radio Two every weekend. As well as broadcasting and webcasting, Rick is a busy freelance writer and reviewer, speaker, panel moderator, consultant, musical tour guide, and concert host. He's often a juror in the classical music categories for the Juno Awards, and is the author of "The Essential Classical Recordings--101 CDs," published by McClelland & Stewart. Rick delivers music history and appreciation courses at a range of institutions and organizations across the city. He holds a B. Mus. from McGill University and an M. Mus. from the University of Toronto.www.soundadvice1.com
A 10% discount will be applied automatically at checkout for students who are enrolled concurrently in any of the following Royal Conservatory School music classes: Individual Instruction, Group Classes, Learn to Play/Sing, Small Ensemble, Theory and History.
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