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Music @ NCL: Gil Harel presents Symphonic Music in the Age of Reason

October 23, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Location: Lamb Room

Perhaps no genre of music has captivated audiences as much as the symphony. Though we can find precedents in earlier eras, the symphony as we know it was born during the Age of Enlightenment, and its fathers were named Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven. As the most elaborate of musical genres, symphonies became large-scale works that could run the gamut of musical expression. In this lecture we will analyze the roots of this rich idiom, casting our gaze towards Italy and Austria and the early masters of the period. Included in this discussion will be Haydn’s Symphony no. 45 (“Farewell” Symphony), Mozart’s Symphony no. 25 in G minor, as well as other works from the late 18th century.


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 23, 2018
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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