DescriptionWhat better way to unwind on a summer evening than to gather for some light hors d’oeuvres, a libation or two, and the live music of Frédéric Chopin. We think the Polish composer’s Romantic-era work says “summer,” with its certain dreaminess and sentimentality that critics often compare to poetic expression. Of course, Chopin also was a virtuoso pianist, and he preferred to perform in the intimate setting of the salon as opposed to more public venues.
In that same vein, musicologist Daniel Freeman will play the music of Chopin on a Steinway grand piano, and relate the story of the man and his work, highlighting Chopin’s intense (and almost exclusive) concentration on music for solo piano.
According to Freeman, “Chopin possessed an uncanny feel for the expressive capabilities of the instrument that his contemporaries found utterly fresh and unique—“a style of piano writing enriched by dazzling virtuosic effects, highly distinctive melodic ideas, bold harmonic experiments, passionate evocations of a wide range of emotions, and exotic gestures derived from Slavic musical traditions.”
So join us on this summer evening for a Chopin nocturne of delights. We’ll have music from the poet of the piano, delicacies from Poland and France, and spectacular views of twilight as it transforms the Mississippi from day to night.
Tuition includes light hors d’oeuvres and non-alcoholic refreshments. Cash bar. Registrations must be received by Noon on July 10.
Daniel Freeman, PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has taught courses in music history at the University of Minnesota and the Smithsonian Institution. Considered the world’s leading historian in the field of 18th-century Czech music, his most recent book is Mozart in Prague (Bearclaw Publishers, 2013).
Offered in cooperation with the Campus Club of the University of Minnesota.