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
2:00 pm
Town Hall Seattle

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.

2019 Summer Festival Previw:
Music from the Heart of Europe: Enescu, Dvořák , & Kodály

Seattle Chamber Music Society’s (SCMS) Summer Festival brings together the finest musicians in the world, offering twelve exceptional chamber music concerts and a fun Family Concert during the month of July. To prepare us for this incredible festival, SCMS and Town Hall present a special preview discussion celebrating the work of Central European composers, including Georges Enescu, Antonín Dvořák, and Zoltán Kodály. Conductor and composer William C. White takes the stage to explore the lives of these musical titans and offer us a preview of works featured on the upcoming SCMS Summer Festival. Then, pianist Angela Drăghicescu takes her place at the piano for a culminating performance based on her extensive study of the music of Enescu. Sit in for a preview of the SCMS Summer Festival and a performance by a talented pianist.

The Forum at Town Hall Seattle (West Entrance)
1119 Eighth Ave.
Tickets available for $5.

Past lectures have included:

2019 Winter Festival – Musical Dialogues: Stories Without Words
with Julia Tai, Director of Orchestra at Seattle Pacific University, Music Director of Philharmonia Northwest, and founder and co-Artistic Director of the Seattle Modern Orchestra

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

Tickets available through Town Hall Seattle’s website or the day of the event at the door.