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Music @ NCL: Gil Harel presents Beethoven, Berlioz, and Brahms: Symphonies of the 19th Century

October 30, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Location: Lamb Room

The 19th century – often referred to as the Age of Romanticism – saw the symphony evolve in many ways, some of which might be described as radical. Beethoven’s Symphony no. 6 explored the idea of a “program symphony” – that is, a symphony meant to evoke a series of tableaus or tell a story. In 1830, the French composer Hector Berlioz completed his Symphonie Fantastique. In the finale of this piece, the imaginative Berlioz uses the orchestra to conjure up demonic creatures, a terrifying crone, and hell itself. This has led some commentators (notably Leonard Bernstein) to dub it the first example of psychedelic music. Against the tide of this progressive style, Johannes Brahms pursued a more conservative approach to symphonic writing.


Gil Harel (PhD, Brandeis University) is a musicologist and music theorist whose interests include styles ranging from classical repertoire to jazz and popular music, as well as opera, medieval, and renaissance music. Previously, he has served on the faculty at CUNY Baruch College, where he was awarded the prestigious “Presidential Excellence Award for Distinguished Teaching”. Currently, he teaches at Naugatuck Valley Community College, where he was recently presented with the coveted “Merit Award for Exemplary Service to the College.” At NVCC, Dr. Harel conducts the college chorale, teaches music history and theory, and serves as musical director of theater productions. His commitment to community-oriented lecturing spans many years. Outside of teaching, he enjoys staying active as a pianist and vocalist.


October 30, 2018
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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