Spring Music Lectures at the Athenaeum

Starting in May, a new series of music lectures by Jacquelyne Silver will be held every Thursday, 7:30pm, at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library (May 5, 12, 19, and 26). Miss Silver’s continual quest in music is to connect ideas in the arts – poetry with music and art, musical ideas that merge, composers who play off each other. These are four evenings you won’t want to miss!

May 5: The History of the Piano. Where did this magnificent carrier of music come from? And why? Join Jacquelyne Silver, pianist and storyteller extraordinaire, on a journey exploring the story of the piano, its humble birth, and its rise to becoming the favorite instrument of kings, classical virtuosos, jazz players and living rooms all over the world. Miss Silver, who has been playing since age three, will play continuously as she leads you through the music of Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Gershwin, Joplin, and many more.

May 12: Blues, Jazz, and Ragtime. From the depths of the Delta to Carnegie Hall, the music of the blues is born from the heart and soul. Its influences run deep in America’s music, from jazz to rock and roll, right up to the Broadway stage. Jacquelyne Silver, born in St. Louis on the Mississippi River, was steeped in the lore of blues, ragtime, and early jazz as a child. In this segment, Miss Silver will talk about and play blues, jazz, and ragtime, showing the connection between them.

May 19: Did Mozart Go to Broadway? One of the great delights in music is learning how to listen: listening to what the music has to say, not what we want it to say. It is a discovery that opens our ears and enables us to enjoy the experience of music more deeply. Miss Silver will urge the audience to connect composers they would never think to combine — did Frederic Chopin inspire The Phantom of the Opera? Did Wolfgang Mozart dictate The Pajama Game? Explore the hidden liaisons in music with Miss Silver.

May 26: The Many Facets of Love. There is nothing more fulfilling as an artist than to communicate onstage with another artist, thereby sharing musical ideas together. It is a conjoining of the spirit that thrills and enlivens. Join Miss Silver and distinguished well-known baritone, Walter Ritter, in a unique and unforgettable evening where they will not only present a recital together, but will engage in a storyline throughout the program.

The series is $60 for members/$80 for nonmembers. Individual tickets are $17 members and $22 for nonmembers. Visit the Athenaeum’s website for more details.

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