Gilmore Keyboard Festival

Festival Adult Enrichment Courses

The following adult enrichment courses are presented in collaboration with Western Michigan University’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI).

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A Walk Through the 2018 Gilmore Keyboard Festival (2 classes)

WMU School of Music, Dalton Center Lecture Hall

Session I — Thursday, March 22, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Learn about the Gilmore Artist Award and how the Festival is planned. Meet key Gilmore Festival staff who make it all happen.

Session II – Thursday, March 29, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Local musical leaders will walk you through the artistic and musical highlights of the upcoming 2018 Festival.

Instructors: Daniel Gustin, Lori Sims, Pierre van der Westhuizen, Anders Dahlberg

$20 members, $40 nonmembers

Learning to Listen to Music (2 classes)

WMU School of Music, Room 2111

Monday, April 9, 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Monday, April 16, 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Prepare yourself for intensive listening during the 2018 Gilmore Keyboard Festival! Through scores of selected works from the Festival, learn to hear and recognize basic music theory concepts, in harmony and form, to elevate your listening abilities and deepen your aural comprehension. This class is for any level listener. No background in music theory is required.

Instructor: Adam Schumaker

$20 members, $40 nonmembers

Beauty Born in Sorrow (1 class)

Epic Center, Large Ensemble Room

Monday, April 23, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Friday, April 27, Ingrid FliterQuatuor pour la fin du temps
Wednesday, May 2, Kirill GersteinDie Weise Von Liebe und Tod Des Cornets Christoph Rilke

In January 1941, Olivier Messiaen, while imprisoned in Stalag VIII-A, a WWII prisoner-of-war camp, composed and premiered Quatuor pour la fin du temps (Quartet for the End of Time). Two years later, at the Theresienstadt concentration camp, Austrian composer, conductor and pianist Viktor Ullmann set Rainer Maria Rilke’s Die Weise Von Liebe und Tod Des Cornets Christoph Rilke (The Love and Death of Cornet Christopher Rilke) to music, for piano and narrator.

Both works, one now famous and the other almost lost, exemplify the human will to live and create, even in the harshest and most dire conditions.

Instructor: Zaide Pixley

$10 members, $20 nonmembers (does not include concert tickets)

Decades (1 class)

Epic Center, Large Ensemble Room

Wednesday, April 25, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Sunday, April 29, Daniil Trifonov

Pianist-composer Daniil Trifonov will present a concert featuring one significant work from each decade of the 20th century. Trifonov chose the pieces, seminal for each decade, because of what he calls the novelty of their language. Using a metaphor from filmmaking, he describes the program as a kind of “time lapse,” a musical journey through the last century of piano writing.

This course sets each piece in context and prepares us to explore the perspective of this master pianist.

Instructor: Zaide Pixley

$10 members, $20 nonmembers (does not include concert tickets)

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