At Home with Music

Five Thursdays, January 18 and 25 and February 1, 8, and 15, 10:30 a.m–noon | Private houses; addresses will be given to subscribers

In a variety of home settings, pianist Clive Swansbourne will give a series of lecture-performances illustrating the diversity of musical language. He will discuss stylistic, formal, and technical aspects of music from different periods, sometimes concentrating on a single composition in detail.

Clive Swansbourne studied at the Royal College of Music in London and later received his doctorate from the Yale School of Music. He has won prizes in international competitions and performed with orchestras and at music festivals in Europe, Canada, and the U.S. In 1999 he inaugurated an ongoing series of lecture-recitals, “Classical Piano Matters,” for radio broadcast and cassette/CD distribution. In the fall of 2005 he performed the complete Beethoven piano sonata cycle to packed houses at the Rothko Chapel and presented a corresponding lecture series at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

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Fall 2018 brochures are out! Please let us know if you did not receive one and we will be happy to send one to you.

Registration is now open. You may register online, by mail, or by phone with a credit card. 


The interest list for the fall and spring study tours is also now open. If you are interested in traveling with the Houston Seminar to Natchez in the fall of 2018 or Virginia in the spring of 2019, please call the registrar at 713.666.9000 to place your name on a list. Please see Terms and Conditions for "travel list" policy.


Please note a date in the Mid-term Elections course has changed from that published in the brochure. The course will meet the first two Mondays, October 29 and November 5 as planned, but will meet Tuesday, November 13 instead of Monday, November 12. 


Also note Art Underground: Carlos Cruz-Diez at the Cistern is FULLY SUBSCRIBED. Please contact the registrar if you would like to be wait listed for this course. 


Have a great summer. We look forward to seeing you this fall!


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