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Each of these four weekly lectures in September with renowned musicologist Frank Cooper, Frost Research Professor Emeritus, will be held at the Weeks Center for Recording and Performance, Clarke Recital Hall. Tickets are available individually or at a discount as a four-ticket series.

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Thursday, September 5, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
Weeks Center for Recording & Performance, Clarke Recital Hall
Frank Cooper, lecturer
Join Professor Emeritus Frank Cooper as he walks us through the wonders of Ludwig van Beethoven’s life. In this talk, Professor Cooper explores the importance of J.S. Bach, Joseph Haydn, W.A. Mozart, and Antonio Salieri as sources of inspiration for the young Beethoven.
 

Thursday, September 12, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
Weeks Center for Recording & Performance, Clarke Recital Hall
Beethoven and His Time—Frank Cooper’s Musicology Series
Frank Cooper, lecturer
Professor Emeritus Frank Cooper explores how social and professional contemporaries saw Beethoven, drawing on observations by figures such as composers Franz Schubert and Ferdinand Ries; Austrian pianist, teacher, and composer Carl Czerny; French composer and conductor Eugène Bigot; and Archduke Rudolph of Austria, Beethoven’s greatest patron and his only composition student.

Thursday, September 19, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
Weeks Center for Recording & Performance, Clarke Recital Hall
Beethoven and the Future—Frank Cooper’s Musicology Series
Frank Cooper, lecturer
Professor Emeritus Frank Cooper discusses how Hector Berlioz, Franz Liszt, Hans von Bülow, Anton Rubinstein, Anton Bruckner, and Johannes Brahms followed Beethoven’s footsteps. These composers felt responsible to strive for high standards through tireless work in reaching peaks of self-expression.


Thursday, September 26, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
Weeks Center for Recording & Performance, Clarke Recital Hall
Beethoven Today—Frank Cooper’s Musicology Series
Frank Cooper, lecturer
In the final installment of his lecture series, Professor Emeritus Frank Cooper discusses how performers vied for prominence by using Beethoven’s unprecedented popularity in today’s world. He also notes that 250 years after his birth, technology—from recordings, radio, and television to the new digital tools—has increased Beethoven’s fame.

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Enjoy free lectures and workshops following Frank Cooper's lecture series.


 
Sunday, November 17, 2019, 4:00 p.m.
UM Gusman Concert Hall
Broadway Backwards—Frost Musical Theater Workshop
Frank Ragsdale, director
The Frost Music Theater Ensemble presents songs that are usually sung by members of the opposite gender. Get ready for a fun and enlightening experience.
FREE 

Tuesday, November 19, 2019, 10:00 a.m.
UM Gusman Concert Hall
Flute Masterclass with Karl-Heinz Schütz
Karl-Heinz Schütz, lecturer and flute
Principal Flute of the Vienna Philharmonic and the Vienna State Opera, Karl-Heinz Schütz, gives a masterclass to the Frost Flute Studio students. He is currently a flute professor at the Music and Arts University of Vienna.
FREE

Sunday, April 19, 2020, 8:00 p.m.
UM Gusman Concert Hall
Biblical Highlights—Frost Musical Theater Workshop
Frank Ragsdale, director
The Frost Music Theater Ensemble presents music from the great biblical musicals such as Godspell, Jesus Christ Superstar, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Children of Eden.
FREE

Seventh Annual Robert Kelley Memorial Lecture Series
Friday, February 21, 2020, 5:00 p.m.
Weeks Center for Recording & Performance, Clarke Recital Hall
Marian Anderson and Racial Desegregation of the American Concert Stage
Carol Oja, lecturer
Marian Anderson’s debut at the Metropolitan Opera House in 1955 broke through the company’s longstanding Jim Crow practices. Carol Oja, Professor of Music at Harvard University, revisits the campaign waged by the NAACP and Anderson’s manager, Sol Hurok, to gain equal access to concert halls and major performance institutions.
FREE

Wednesday, April 22, 2020, 1:00 p.m.
Weeks Center for Recording & Performance, Clarke Recital Hall
Masterclass with pianist Misha Dichter
Misha Dichter, piano
Misha Dichter is a brilliant pianist who has performed and recorded extensively as a solo artist, in chamber music settings and with some of the great orchestras in the world. Here’s a chance to not only hear great musical advice, but also witness some fabulous young pianists perform for a master teacher.
FREE