The Piano

COURSE IS FULL - Wait list names are being accepted

Two Wednesdays, September 21 and October 5, 6:30–8:30 P.M. One Monday, October 24, 6:30-8:30 P.M. | Private residences; addresses will be provided to subscribers.

In three evening programs, pianist Brian Connelly will play music from different eras – with a beautiful piano from each period – in the intimate and convivial atmosphere of private homes. Refreshments will be served.

September 21: Drama
On the Cusp of the 19th Century
Great composers at the turn of the 19th century wrote to exploit the remarkable tonal and expressive variety of the perfected Viennese piano. Haydn composed sonatas of unprecedented grandeur and gaiety; Dussek and Weber created magical atmospheres of pathos and brilliance, and Beethoven shocked his listeners with an eerie and unforgettable tone poem. When you hear it played on an exquisite 6-pedal Rosenberger piano from the time, you'll understand why it's called "Moonlight."
October 5: Romance
Robert and Clara and Johannes
In 1853, the 20-year-old Brahms met his idol, Robert Schumann, and lived with him and his wife Clara in a period of great creativity for all three artists. Their piano pieces from the time are deeply personal outpourings of affection, admiration and devotion. But Robert's sanity was tragically waning; within five months he was committed to an asylum. This program will feature a glorious 19th-century Bösendorfer piano of uncommon beauty and warmth.
October 24: Vision
The Late Works of Claude Debussy
From early in his career, Debussy's music was startlingly original. In his last years, his work became ever more imaginative and innovative in color, form, language, allusion and atmosphere. These mesmerizing and seductive works have influenced a century of composers. Indeed, we are still trying to catch up to him. This evening will focus on his last and perhaps greatest piano pieces of character, and vision: The Etudes of 1915, performed on a Steinway concert grand piano.
Brian Connelly's career embraces an unusually broad range of historical and modern repertoires and styles. He has premiered works by a host of contemporary composers, and is widely known for his performances of the music of modern master Olivier Messiaen. He is respected as a scholar and performer of historical instruments, appearing throughout the U.S. and Europe. He is Artistic Director of the renowned chamber ensemble, Context, and teaches piano performance and chamber music in the Shepherd School of Music at Rice 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 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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