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Immeasurable: The Legacy of Beethoven

Tuesday, March 10, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Community Room

Join us for the final week of this four-week series presented by Dr. Gil Harel.

Week Four: Beethoven's Chamber Music

It is perhaps ironic that Beethoven spent the last years of his life writing in the genre of chamber music. Surely, many have asked, such a towering figure, in full command of such prodigious skills, would have concentrated his final efforts on gargantuan symphonies on the order of the 9th, or piano concerti that would eclipse even the "Emperor" Concerto? And yet, it was the more intimate genre of the string quartet into which Beethoven would pour out his final musical thoughts. Though dismissed by some in Beethoven's own time, these works - written by a very sick, deaf man - are now widely regarded as some of the greatest compositions in the canon of 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.

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