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7/18/2019 - Lecture: Music in the Age of Romanticism

Lecturer/Pianist, Dr. Gil Harel.

With Beethoven's death in 1827, music history would enter what many historians consider a "golden age." In the realm of opera, Italian composers such as Rossini, Donizetti, Verdi and Puccini would blaze a trail. German composers such as Mendelssohn and Brahms would likewise innovate instrumental works, while other artists would emerge in France, England, and even more remote places. This was an era where music reached new heights in expressiveness, often warping the "rules" with unprecedented dissonance and chromaticism. During this program, Professor Gil Harel will discuss and play some of the radical musical changes that took place in the 19th century, contextualizing these innovations while considering the biographies of the composers behind them.

Gil Harel (PhD, Brandeis University) is a musicologist and music theorist whose interests include styles ranging from classical repertoire to jazz and popular music, as well as opera, medieval, and renaissance music. Previously, he has served on the faculty at CUNY Baruch College, where he was awarded the prestigious "Presidential Excellence Award for Distinguished Teaching", as well as the Southwestern University of Finance and Economics in Chengdu, China. Currently, he teaches at Naugatuck Valley Community College, where he was recently presented with the coveted "Merit Award for Exemplary Service to the College." At NVCC, Dr. Harel conducts the college chorale, teaches music history and theory, and serves as musical director of theater productions. His commitment to community-oriented lecturing spans many years. In addition to regularly leading seminars for Brandeis University's BOLLI program, he has been hosted as a featured speaker at many learning-oriented events in Connecticut, New York, as well as Massachusetts. Outside of teaching, he enjoys staying active as a pianist and vocalist.

The fee for the lecture is $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Seating is limited - advanced registration is recommended.


Event: Lecture: Music in the Age of Romanticism
Event Date: 7/18/2019
Event Time: 2 pm
Admission Fee: $15 in advance/$20 at the door
Registration Instructions:
Event Organizers: Arts Escape | | 203-586-1474
Event Location: 88 Main Street South, Southbury, CT 06488