Lectures

Join SCMS and distinguished guest presenters to learn more about chamber music and upcoming Festivals.

Beethoven and Brahms

7:00 pm
Third Place Books in Seward Park
Rebellion & Tradition
Join us for a free public lecture -- Beethoven and Brahams: Rebellion and Tradition. Ludwig van Beethoven and Johannes Brahms are two giants of chamber music composition. One was a constant rule-breaker, and the other clung to the old forms even in the face of the "Music of the Future." Join composer and conductor Adam Stern for an hour-long lecture to learn more about these two geniuses and to previews works by each that are featured during the upcoming Summer Festival.
Free Event

Lecture
6:00 pm
Location TBD

Prior to each SCMS Festival, we commission a Preview Lecture from a local musical expert, which is related to the programming of our upcoming concert series. Topics are varied, and can include musical themes, biographical sketches of composers, or the history of musical forms.

The lecture is presented at several area locations, including retirement communities and social clubs. We strive to offer at least one presentation in a public setting. If you are interested in hosting an SCMS Preview Lecture, please contact our Director of Education.

Musical Dialogues: Stories Without Words

How do musicians use music to talk to each other? How do composers use their music to convey a story or communicate with past composers? Can we really communicate with the underworld through music? Dr. Julia Tai, Director of Orchestra at Seattle Pacific University, Music Director of Philharmonia Northwest, and the founder and Co-Artistic Director of the Seattle Modern Orchestra, will guide you through musical selections from the SCMS Winter Festival programs and show how music can be more powerful than words in creating dialogues.

 

Past lectures have included:

2018 Summer Festival – Beethoven & Brahms: Rebellion & Tradition
with Adam Stern, Music Director of the Seattle Philharmonic & Sammamish Symphony

2018 Winter Festival – What Makes a Mendelssohn? How One Family Created Two Musical Prodigies
with Aaron Grad, composer, guitarist, and artistic consultant

Free event