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Music for the Future: The Beethoven Cycle - Part III

Music for the Future: The Beethoven Cycle - Part III

Sun, December 12 7:00 PM, EST

Reserve a spot $3 to reserve, $20+ at event

PROJECT: MUSIC HEALS US is proud to present the third of a 16-part digital concert series based on the college-accredited, Beethoven-inspired music composition course being created for incarcerated students. This course, named MUSIC FOR THE FUTURE, is an expansion of our previous 5-day intensive workshops which PMHU teaching artists have given in state and federal prisons for the past five years.

For the third installment of this Groupmuse Centerstage series, you will have the opportunity to take part in the ongoing creation of this exciting new digital composition course, experiencing all sixteen of Beethoven's String Quartets in a new and up-close way, and learn how our students compose using the same tools Beethoven used. We hope you'll join us to take a deep dive into the beauty, inspiration, pain, and redemption that are contained within Beethoven's music, while learning how to craft original works through breaking down Beethoven's compositional process.

The full MUSIC FOR THE FUTURE course will launch in Fall 2022 led by PMHU's lead teaching artist and course developer Brad Balliett.

This month, Brad and the ensemble will tackle Beethoven's young and unsettled op. 18 #6 quartet, exploring the most intensely personal and autobiographical of Beethoven's early string quartets. Jolting from deeply morose and plaintive to hyper and ebullient (and back again and again), the "Malinconia" quartet - so named by the composer after a personal mental affliction we might now associate with Bipolar Disorder - is a piece that breaks the mold of what string quartets had been up to that point in history, planting the seeds for what he would forge in his middle and late periods.

This Digital Residency by Project: Music Heals Us has been made possible with generous support from Chamber Music America through its Residency Endowment Fund, and funding from the Connecticut Office of the Arts.



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Ianjoe (Joey) Chang Emcee
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Pam Letourneau
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