Music Educators Association of New Jersey

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MEA Programs 2020 - 2021 Season

The Music Educators Association of NJ is proud to present the following world-class musicians and pedagogues at our monthly meetings. The MEA programs are presented at the General Meetings at 9:45 a.m. in the Chase Room of the Madison Library. Music lovers, MEA members and their guests are cordially invited to attend these meetings and stay to enjoy the programs.

September 17, 2020
Beatrice Long — A Musical Journey to Vienna
In connection to MEA Annual Piano Competition 2021, Beatrice Long will present a lecture on the music scenes in Vienna from 1750-1899, and the lives of nine Viennese composers whose works are featured in the 2021 competition’s syllabus, and shaped piano repertoire for generations to follow: Haydn, Mozart, Diabelli, Schubert, Beethoven, Czerney, Hummel, Johan Strauss JR and Brahms.
Beatrice Long | Brooklyn College

October 15, 2020
James Irsay
Austrian pianist Arthur Schnabel (1882-1951) is best known as a brilliant interpreter of the Austro-German repertoire, and the first pianist to record all 32 Beethoven piano sonatas. Yet during Schnabel's early teens, while studying piano with Theodor Leschetizky in Vienna, Schnabel was composing music. Schnabel composed for piano, orchestra, string quartet, voice, and a variety of chamber music works. He composed steadily throughout his life, and saw himself as a composer, even more than as a pianist. James Irsay will discuss Schnabel the composer, and present examples from works representing the successive periods of his creative years.
James Irsay | Evening Irsay Radio Show

November 19, 2020
Paul Roberts — Reading Liszt: Performing the Petrarch Sonnets
Paul Roberts will perform the three Petrarch Sonnets from Liszt's Italian book of the Années de pèlerinage, with readings from the poems, and explore how an understanding of the literary context can aid interpretation.
Paul Roberts Website

January 21, 2021
Magdalena Baczewska — Debussy’s Many Worlds of Sound
How to revolutionize music while respecting the tradition? Claude Debussy’s musical innovations and expansion of the musical language go hand in hand with the composer’s close attention to the compositional techniques of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. In his cycles for solo piano, Estampes and Images, Debussy creates a revolution.

February 18, 2021
Aaron Wunsch — Learning from Beethoven the Pianist: The Sonatas in His Own Hands
Beethoven's Piano Sonatas are central to our repertoire - but they were even more central to his. This presentation selectively explores how the Sonatas fit Beethoven's own way of playing; how they fit his shifting musical and career goals; and how these works might be seen as one great musical autobiography.

March 18, 2021
Elliott Forrest — Visual Aspect in Musical Creativity - Producing Visuals for Classical Music
For over 15 years Mr. Forrest has been adding visuals and stage elements to symphony orchestra concerts and for classical artists, including Itzhak Perlman, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Houston Symphony, The Little Orchestra Society, The New Haven Symphony and more. Elliott will talk about his work producing for the stage.

April 15, 2021
Amy Young — Examining the Manic Prowess in Robert Schumann's Piano Sonata No. 3 in F Minor, Op. 14 (Concerto for Piano without Orchestra)
In this session devoted to the creative and obsessive motivation behind the two versions of Schumann's Piano Sonata No. 3 in F Minor, Op. 14, Yang will offer a performance of one version while exploring the height of Schumann's manic genius in his choice of pianistic orchestration, metric variation, obsessive drive, and sense of tormented and expressive beauty through cyclical motivic repetition.

May 20, 2021
Ursula Oppens — Playing the Music of Our Time
I would talk about and play (either live or on recordings) various works that I think would be interesting and appropriate for high school students. I might even start with the “Jatekok” of Gyorgy Kurtag, a series of short pieces, initially somewhat like the Bartok Microkosmos though later on, less ‘instructional’.

June 10, 2021
Joseph Kalichstein — Y.A. Master Class