Pre-Performance Lecture

Beyond the Music: The Search for New Sound Ideas

George Lopez, Beckwith Artist in Residence at Bowdoin College and curator of Ovations’ 2022-23 Pre-Performance Lecture Series, discusses the varied historical inspirations for each work in the upcoming Janice Carissa program which include mythology, surrealism and the advent of psychology, and nationalism. https://youtu.be/XCeDna_Gx28 2022-23 Chamber Pre-Performance Lecture Series curated by George Lopez Pianist George Lopez, Bowdoin College’s Robert Beckwith Artist in … Read more

The Romantic Masters: Reflections on Three Piano Quartets by Brahms, Fauré and Mahler

Melissa Reardon, violist of the Borromeo Quartet, artistic director of the Portland Chamber Music Festival, and artist-in-residence at Bard College, highlights the aesthetic and dynamic aspects of these 19th century works for strings and piano. https://youtu.be/C1-eNzCyXdY About the Speaker Grammy-nominated violist Melissa Reardon is an internationally renowned performer whose solo and chamber playing spans all musical genres.Melissa is … Read more

German Romanticism and the Baroque

Composer and scholar Jan Swafford looks at the evening’s program through the lens of its period; with an eye to the art and ideas that surrounded some of Europe’s greatest musical minds. This recorded pre-performance lecture is available to view now through October 18. This recorded pre-performance lecture is available to view now through October … Read more

Music and Art: A Sign and Sigh of Our Times

Join Suzanne Nance for a pre-performance lecture about the artistry of the composer to consider and reflect their contemporary world. Inspired by the New York Philharmonic String Quartet’s contemplative programming, Suzanne will highlight Joel Thompson’s “In Response to Madness” and touch on art and music of the past and present. This recorded pre-performance lecture is … Read more

“Shifting Landscapes: Something Old, Something New”

This pre-performance lecture with violist, violinist and conductor Amadi Azikiwe looks at the composers featured in this program and their embrace of their multi-cultural inheritance, adding something personal and of historic importance to their music. This program highlights the works of composers who have embraced their multi-cultural inheritance and added something personal and of historic importance to their music. … Read more

Step Afrika Pre-Performance Conversation

Join Marcia Minter, Indigo Arts Alliance Executive Director and Jordia Benjamin, Indigo Arts Alliance Deputy Director in conversation with C. Brian Williams, Step Afrika! Founder & Executive Producer to learn about the history of the company, the form, and step’s role in Black culture before the 7PM performance of Step Afrika!. Step Afrika! is part of … Read more

“Musical Narratives: The Russian Piano Sonata”

With Mozart as a classical departure point, Dr. Steven Pane, professor of music at the University of Maine-Farmington, talks about the expansion and exploration of musical color, narrative, and virtuosity in the late Romantic piano music of Medtner and Rachmaninov. This recorded pre-performance lecture is available to view now through February 11. About the Speaker Pianist George Lopez, … Read more

“The Helping Hands of Suffrage: Women in Classical Music”

George Lopez, Bowdoin College Artist in Residence, discusses the history and challenges of gender equality in classical music and highlight the significance of the quartet’s program. This recorded pre-performance lecture is available to view now through October 28. https://youtu.be/GpGUzvK2oy4 About the Speaker Pianist George Lopez, Bowdoin College’s Robert Beckwith Artist in Residence, has been a dedicated … Read more