Exploring the Great Piano Composers Lecture Concerts

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Going Behind the Notes Exploring the Great Piano Composers:
A Series of Eight Lecture Concerts


September 15, 2019 through May 17, 2020


Between October 2018, and May 2019, George Fee premiered his series of eight lecture concerts at the Osher Lifetime learning Institute at Saginaw Valley State University. These unique presentations probed the essence of each composer through comprehensive and in-depth commentary on the personalities and lives of the composers, the values and aesthetics of the society which influenced them, what makes their music unique and great, and what emotionally, philosophically, and spiritually lies behind the notes. This was supplemented by live performances which were preceded by insights into the structure and interpretation of the music. Attendees, whether novices or experienced concertgoers, got to know these composers as human beings and are now able to listen to their music with more understanding.
Beginning in September 2019, Dr. Fee will present a revised version of these lecture concerts at St. John's Episcopal Church, 405 N. Saginaw Rd., Midland, on Sunday afternoons from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Dr. Fee and St. John's are offering the series at no charge as a gift to the Mid-Michigan community. The dates and titles of the presentations are:
September 15--Mozart: The Ambiguous
October 27--Haydn: The True Classicist, and Some of His Predecessors
November 17--Beethoven: Idealist, Liberator and Consoler
January 5--Franz Schubert: Poet of the Soul
February 9--Robert Schumann: Deciphering His Personal Musical Language
March 22--Chopin: Poet of the Piano
April 26--Franz Liszt: Spiritual Seeker
May 17--Claude Debussy: Seeker of the Inexpressible
Written feedback from the presentations last year included the following:
"I feel as though I have been at a sumptuous feast and fed with the richest of foods. There is not a wasted word and every word carried weight and meaning and was so very interesting."
"It is most rare to experience such in-depth knowledge of every aspect of the composer's life with such exquisite artistry at the keyboard. You are able to do both in such a deep and meaningful manner."
"You really brought the music and composers to life for me. I felt like I got to know these men personally."
"Far superior to what I endured in music history classes - much more engaging and deeper."
"I enjoyed and grew with every presentation of this monumental project. Each of the eight was special."
"A tour de force" "Stunning -- the writing itself was music." "You offer substance."



The Dersnah-Fee School of Music
Midland, Michigan

| HOME PAGE | STUDIO | E-MAIL US | TESTIMONIALS |
| SUSAN DERSNAH FEE BIO | MUSIC THEORY INSTRUCTION |
| GEORGE FEE BIO | GEORGE FEE, PIANIST |
| WORKSHOPS, MASTER CLASSES & LECTURES | LIEDER RECITALS |
| EXPLORING THE GREAT PIANO COMPOSERS LECTURE CONCERTS |
| ESSAYS & EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES |