Join us for week two of this four-week series presented by Dr. Gil Harel.
Music as Theater, Part II - Opera in the 19th Century and Beyond
Perhaps no genre better represents the intertwining of singing and storytelling than opera. Though the genre was more or less codified in the early 17th century, it is in the 19th century (i.e., the "romantic era") where opera reaches its zenith. Here we will consider two works: one by the Italian icon Guiseppe Verdi, and one by 20th century composer Alban Berg. In the former case, we will analyze the story of La Traviata, and see how Verdi's music gives form and substance to the plot. In the latter example, we will consider Berg's masterpiece Lulu, a work in which the expressionstic story requires an altogether different musical approach.
This program will take place on Zoom. All registrants will be emailed the link.
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.