Professional Development Concert Lecture Series

Whether you are a professional musician, a student, or a lover of fine music, this concert series will not only entertain you, but these world class musicians, many of whom are also university professors, will enlighten you about the pieces they perform.

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2020 – 2021 CONCERT LECTURES

Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, all the performances will be presented via Zoom.

If you wish to attend any concert, you will need to register 24 hours prior to the performance. To register, please contact Moira Schur Craw at 

Upon registration, you will receive an email containing instructions and a link to join the concert.

The time for each concert is 10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon

September 25, 2020 – Reed Tetzloff

December 4, 2020 – Yael Weiss

February 12, 2021 – Anyssa Neumann

March 19, 2021 – Jose Ramon Garcia

May 14, 2021 – Dr. Lisa Yui


September 25, 2020 – Reed Tetzloff 

Reed Tetzloff pays tribute to Beethoven in his 250th birthday year by exploring two lesser-played works: the Variations in F major, Op. 34 (1802), and the Sonata #31 in Ab Major, Opus 110 (1821), a piece which opened the door to Beethoven's late style. Both works feature striking compositional innovations, from the harmonic plan of the Variations to the unique structure of the Sonata's four movements. The Sonata is followed by music of Franz Schubert, a worthy heir and counterpart to Beethoven's legacy. This songful and poignant Impromptu was composed in 1827, the year of Beethoven's death. The program concludes with Schumann's rousing 'Carnaval,' a poetic and brilliant depiction of a masquerade ball.


December 4, 2020 – Yael Weiss

32 Bright Clouds: Beethoven Conversations Around the World

Israeli-American pianist Yael Weiss has appeared internationally in major venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Wigmore Hall and the Bolshoi Hall as recitalist, soloist with orchestra, and as a member of the Weiss-Kaplan-Stumpf Piano Trio.  Her discography includes solo and chamber works by over a dozen composers on the Koch International Classics and Bridge Records  labels,  with  a  new  CD  set  of  the  complete  Beethoven  Piano  Trios  to  be released in 2020.

She has been honored with distinguished prizes from the Naumburg International Piano Competition and the Kosciusko Foundation Chopin Piano Competition, and is a regular participant at festivals such as Marlboro, Caramoor and Ravinia. Ms. Weiss has appeared on NPR’s “Performance Today”, St. Paul Sunday, the BBC in London, New York’s WQXR and WNYC and in live concerts for Israeli Television and NHK in Japan. She presents masterclasses worldwide and has served on the faculties of Indiana University and UCSB. Her own teachers included Leon Fleisher and Richard Goode.

Ms. Weiss’ current performances feature tours of “32 Bright Clouds”, a project combining the complete cycle of Beethoven's 32 Piano Sonatas with 32 newly commissioned works from around the world. www.yaelweiss.com


February 12, 2021 – Anyssa Neumann

Classical Music in the Films of Ingmar Bergman: a Lecture-Recital

Swedish director Ingmar Bergman’s love of classical music deeply informed his life and work. In this lecture-recital, pianist and musicologist Anyssa Neumann explores the appearance, function, and meaning of classical music in Bergman’s films, from his earliest in the 1940s to his last in 2003. Drawing on anecdotes, interviews, film theory, music history, and in-depth scene analyses, she will discuss how Bergman weaves the classical canon into his soundscapes and narratives, incorporates music into the lives of his characters, and finds artistic inspiration in the works and lives of the Western composers. She will then perform a selection of piano music from his films, including pieces by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Schubert, Schumann, and Liszt.


March 19, 2021 – Jose Ramon Garcia
In Waltz’s Time

​The emergence of the waltz as the predominant dance style in 19th century Europe occurred in a context surrounded by controversy. Far from the solemn character of past stylized 3/4 dances like the minuet or the contradance, the waltz shortened distances and allowed dancers to intertwine themselves in ways that scandalized the more conservative minds of the time. Goethe vividly described a dance scene that begun with minuets, but… “When the waltz commenced, and the dancers whirled around each other in the giddy maze… Never did I dance more lightly. I felt myself more than mortal, holding this loveliest of creatures in my arms, flying, with her as rapidly as the wind, till I lost sight of every other object…”. The waltz at its height was synonym of modern times, as well as a symbol of wealth and abundance. Within this context, composers like Chopin or Brahms wrote hundreds of waltzes for piano that became very successful, especially among middle classes. These collections of pieces formed a new genre that, instead of being danced in the ballrooms, were conceived to be listened during recitals.


May 14, 2021 – Dr. Lisa Yui
Webber/Dussek


Carl Maria Weber and Jan Ladislav Dussek - The Early Romantics
In this lecture-presentation, Dr. Lisa Yui discusses the life and music of Jan Ladislav Dussek (1760-1812) and Carl Maria Weber (1786-1826). Their music, rooted from the Classical structures of Haydn and Mozart, looks ahead to the harmonic language of the early Romantics, foreshadowing the works of Mendelssohn, Schumann, and Chopin. This lecture concludes with a live performance of two astonishingly forward-looking works: Weber’s Sonata No. 1 in C Major Op. 24, with the famous Perpetuum mobile finale, and Dussek’s Sonata in F-sharp minor Op. 61 “Élegie harmonique,” composed in memory of Dussek's patron, Prince Ferdinand of Prussia.