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The Inaudible Baroque

Pre-Performance Lecture with Nick Smolenski

May 5, 2024 • 1:30 - 2:30 PM

Hannaford Hall

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Despite the prominence of Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos today, all but one of them were supposedly left unplayed until the nineteenth century. Join Nick Smolenski in a discussion about the invisible creativity of musicians and artists during the Baroque period, and how “rediscovery” informs our perception of their repertories.


Wheelchair accessible. Assistive Listening Devices available, ASL available upon request. Click here to learn more about accessibility at Hannaford Hall.

Nick Smolenski is thrilled by the opportunity to support chamber music and the arts in Maine. He has a PhD in Musicology from Duke University. During his studies, Nicholas worked in development, project management, and assessment research for several humanities organizations (Project Vox, Society of Biblical Literature, Duke Rhodes Information Initiative). He continues his research as an independent scholar, and examines the varying intersections of sound, acoustics, liturgy, and the senses in seventeenth-century English culture.

2023-24 Chamber Pre-Performance Lecture Series curated by George Lopez

Pianist George Lopez, Bowdoin College’s Robert Beckwith Artist in Residence, has been a dedicated and dynamic performer, educator, and lecturer for 30 years. Known in Europe, South America and the US for his “…kaleidoscopic colors and clarity of conception…” (LA Times) in the standard repertoire as well as being a champion of newly written works, Mr. Lopez  is also comfortable in styles of music ranging from jazz, ragtime to more contemporary styles of improvisation. His concert seasons have included tours of New England and New York, the Bay Area, Seattle, New Orleans, Boulder, Colorado, Vermont, Massachusetts, Mexico, with concerts in France, Holland, Switzerland and Italy. He was invited to Cuba just before the embargo was lifted to give masterclasses and concerts as a member of the Aries Trio. Mr. Lopez initiated his “Music in the Museum” series at Bowdoin College that consistently sells out to audiences who enjoy his creative and engaging lecture recitals on the relationship of music to art and ideas. 

He has taken up the baton and built up the all-student Bowdoin College Orchestra which performs full symphonic programs each semester. He resides in Brunswick, Maine.

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