Johannes Brahms: The German Master’s Inspired September Years

Two Thursdays, October 6 and October 13, 6:30–8:00 P.M.. | Location to be announced to subscribers. Limited enrollment.

Timothy Hester will perform works of German composer Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897). These musical gems—Opus 116, 117, 118, and 119 - were composed in the last five years of Brahms’s life. They represent the epitome of the character piece, a genre of composition he had refined over the decades that captures the deepest feelings of the human spirit.

To end each program, Mr. Hester will be joined by clarinetist Mark Nuccio performing one of the sonatas for clarinet and piano from Opus 120. Brahms composed these works for his friend Richard Mühlfeld, and through them brought the clarinet sonata form to new heights.

Timothy Hester is professor of piano and director of keyboard collaborative arts at the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music.  He has performed internationally in solo and collaborative capacity.  Mr. Hester studied with Albert Hirsch at the University of Houston and earned a Master of Music degree at the Juilliard School, where he studied with Adele Marcus.

Mark Nuccio is the newly appointed principal clarinetist of the Houston Symphony and a new faculty member of the Moores School of Music. He was previously on the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music and served as acting principal clarinetist of the New York Philharmonic. After study at the University of Northern Colorado, he earned his Master of Music degree at Northwestern University.



Registration for fall 2018 is ongoing. You may register online, by mail, or by phone with a credit card. 


If you are interested in traveling with the Houston Seminar to Natchez October 26-29, 2019 you may access the itinerary, trip cost, and registration documents here.

If you are interested in traveling to 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 on Wednesday, November 14 is FULLY SUBSCRIBED. A second session has been added and will meet Monday, November 12 from 2:00-3:30 P.M. Registrations are being accepted for November 12. You may register online, or by phone.


Who Gets to Vote: Challenges for the 2020 Elections?
Speaker: Dale Ho, director of the American Civil Liberties Union Voter Rights Project
Monday, November 19, 6:30-8:00 P.M.
Location to be announced


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