La Jolla (March 29, 2019)—Enter the brilliant world of composers who altered the course of musical history and changed our lives profoundly. Pianist Jacquelyne Silver will examine in depth the dazzling brilliance of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, Frédéric Chopin, Robert Schumann, Johannes Brahms, and Louis Moreau Gottschalk—along with their colleagues. You’ll love this series and will come away with a new understanding that will enhance your deep appreciation of music!
May 9 > MOZART—and HAYDN
At the age of 6 Mozart heard a piece of music for the first time and wrote it out perfectly; at the age of 8 he completed his first symphonies. We will get to know this complex, extravagantly gifted man through his music and his letters, as well as his colleague Joseph Haydn, 24 years older than Mozart, who was the most respected and honored composer of his time.
May 16 > BEETHOVEN—and SCHUBERT
Beethoven stormed into the world and made himself at home. Struck down by a shattering blow in his late 20s, he went on to write his greatest works when he was completely deaf. Franz Schubert, an ardent admirer of Beethoven, was a master of melody, composing over 600 songs.
May 23 > CHOPIN—and LISZT
Known as The Poet of the Piano, Chopin’s creative originality is that of enormous genius—no one has ever composed music with such nuance of sound, blended with melody almost supernatural. Franz Liszt, colossus of the piano with a technique and personality to match, was the epitome of unleashed creativity and charisma.
May 30 > SCHUMANN—and BRAHMS
A man of deep complexities who married his great love, Clara, Robert Schumann is at once a delight, a demon, and a composer who wrote in Technicolor. Johannes Brahms, known to be bad-tempered and blunt with his colleagues, underneath he possessed a heart of gold that shines in his music.
June 6 > GOTTSCHALK—and JOPLIN
Louis Moreau Gottschalk wrote music with traces of Cajun mixed with his own prodigious brilliance, and was described by Chopin as “a talent to watch” when he heard him in Paris. The King of Ragtime, Scott Joplin, created an American sound that remains as fresh today as it was in 1899.
|About Jacquelyne Silver:
Pianist and stage personality Jacquelyne Silver has performed at the major music centers of North America. A graduate of The Juilliard School, she worked in close collaboration with such luminaries as Leonard Bernstein, Luciano Pavarotti, Benny Goodman, Marilyn Horne, Dame Joan Sutherland, Barry Tuckwell, and Tony Randall. She has been a guest on The Tonight Show, The Dick Cavett Show, and The Alan King Show, as well as on radio and television specials. Her tailor-made series at the Athenaeum, as well as her one woman shows, have been performed for sold-out audiences at the Cygnet Theatre, the La Jolla Playhouse, the San Diego Repertory Theatre, and The Jazz Bakery in Los Angeles.