Taking popular, recognizable folk tunes and ‘dressing them up’ for use on the concert platform has been going on for hundreds of years. From the multiple settings of the Medieval Burgundian tune L’homme armé during the Middle Ages, to Mozart’s Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star variations, to powerful musical statements on religion, nationalism, war and peace, the inclusion of vocal and dance folk music helped connect audiences to the music as never before.
About Dr. Robert Lehmann
Robert Lehmann is Professor of Music and Director of Strings Studies and Orchestral Activities at the University Of Southern Maine School Of Music where he conducts the Southern Maine Symphony Orchestra and the Portland Youth Symphony Orchestra. In addition to his duties at USM, he is Music Director of the North Shore Philharmonic Orchestra, and the White Mountain Bach Festival in New Hampshire.
The pre-performance lecture takes place at Hannford Hall at USM’s Portland Campus.
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