Tuesday, February 18, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Join us for this four-week series presented by Dr. Gil Harel.
Week One: Beethoven at 250
The year 2020 marks 250 years since the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven in Bonn, Germany. As concert halls, record labels, radio stations, and social media platforms herald this "jubilee" with a veritable Beethoven Bonanza, historians and intellectually-curious listeners will take stock of the impact this one individual has had on western civilization. In the first of a 4-part lecture series, Prof. Gil Harel will discuss the various ways Beethoven's music has figured prominently in the past two and half centuries. Of the many genres in which the composer pushed the envelope, it has been argued that his contribution to symphonic literature was his most profound gift to posterity. Here we will take stock of Beethoven's symphonies and the impact they've had on western civilization.
About the Presenter
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.