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Beethoven: Musical Revolutionary
Paul Offenkrantz

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: Ludwig van Beethoven is viewed as the embodiment of the tortured romantic artist. Struggling with hearing loss, depression and unrequited love, his compositions have stood the test of time and have formed the bedrock of the symphonic and chamber-music repertoire. Beethoven forever changed the way people thought about music - from being simply "entertainment" to revealing something profound about the human condition. In this course, we will explore what makes Beethoven's music so relevant and enduring.

1. The Man and His Time / The Concertos
2. The Symphonies: Part I
3. The Symphonies: Part II
4. Vocal Music (Fidelio; Missa Solemnis) and Chamber Music (the String Quartets; Piano Sonatas)
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Dr. Paul Offenkrantz is a graduate of Oberlin College, attended the Yale School of Music and earned a master of Sacred Music from Hebrew Union College, where he was also ordained as a cantor. In his distinguished career, he has served communities in New York, Philadelphia, Chicago and West Palm Beach. In recognition of his years of service, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Music degree from Hebrew Union College in 2014. Paul began singing professionally on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera at the age of nine and appeared in over 30 different operas at the MET over the course of five seasons. He has worked with Leonard Bernstein, James Levine, Richard Tucker, Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Jerome Robbins, George Balanchine and many other important artists. Paul concertizes and lectures extensively throughout South Florida and is an adjunct professor of Music History at the Conservatory of Music at Lynn University.

Time: 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Date: Mondays, October 30; November 6, 13, 20
Location: Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
Fees: Member - $50
Non-member - $65
Cash will no longer be accepted as payment for lectures.

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