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Music as Theater, Part I: The Oratorio

This program requires registration

Tuesday, July 28, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

69 spaces available

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

Music has been interwoven with storytelling since time immemorial. It was, however, in the baroque period that these elements coalesced into recognizable genres such as opera and oratorio. In our first lecture, we will put the latter art form under the proverbial microscope to see how composers such as Handel, Bach, and others used music as a medium to enhance storytelling. As the oratorio features no acting, dancing, stagecraft or other common theatrical machinations, the music must be especially compelling in order for the story to be told effectively. Here we will consider excerpts from Handel's Messiah as well as lesser-known works including Israel in Egypt and Judas Maccabeus.

This program will take place on Zoom. All registrants will be emailed the link.

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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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