Into the Enlightenment, Part III: Opera and the Enlightenment
Tuesday, December 3, 2019
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Join us for week three of this four-week series presented by Dr. Gil Harel.
Perhaps no single genre in the late 18th century was as important as opera. In the powder keg that was European society leading up to the storming of the Bastille in 1789, opera gave composers opportunities to promote powerful messages, often of a political nature. In Mozart's "Da Ponte" operas, we witness unflattering depictions of rapacious and lewd noblemen. In "The Magic Flute", we are presented with undeniable Masonic imagery.
Gil Harel (PhD, Brandeis University) is a musicologist and music theorist whose interests include styles ranging from western classical repertoire to jazz. 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 presented with the "Merit Award for Exemplary Service to the College." At NVCC, Dr. Harel conducts the college chorale, a cappella ensemble, teaches music history and theory, and serves as musical director of theater productions. Outside of teaching, he enjoys staying active as a pianist and vocalist.