How Russian Piano Concert Music Evolved from Russian Fairy Tales:
Music and Lives of the Great Russian Composers
Leonid Treer

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This lecture series examines and performs Russian piano music which evolved from Russian fairy tales.  This music was composed by such composers as Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Moussorgsky, Borodin Liadov, Scriabin, Prokofiev, Stravinsky, and Shostakovich. One could argue about who wrote the best piano concerto and examples would include Liszt, Grieg, Beethoven, Mozart and others. When someone mentions names such as Rachmaninoff or Tchaikovsky, there is immediate agreement. This agreement occurs because there are no more spiritually-fulfilling, majestic, people-friendly  piano concertos than those written by Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky. These concertos represent the nature of Russian piano music. 
1. Mikhail Glinka, the Father of Russian music; Anton Rubinstein, great pianist/composer and teacher of Tchaikovsky; unique piano cycle of Tchaikovsky - Seasons - live performance.
2. From the Circle of the Mighty Five, Man of Genius: piano Petite Suite by Borodin; immortal piano cycle Pictures from an Exibition by Moussorgsky; lyricism of Liadov, live performance.
3. Classmates from the Moscow Conservatory: the heart and passion of the great composers/pianists - Rachmaninoff, Scriabin, Medtner.
4. The Riot of Rites, 20th-Century: Stravinsky, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, live performance.
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Leonid Treer is cited by critics for his "striking demonstration of the grand Russian piano manner," and his union of "sensitive, emotional interpretations with a formidable technique." Mr. Treer graduated from the prestigious Gnessin State Institute of Musical Pedagogics in Moscow, Russia. His musical lineage can be traced all the way back to Franz Liszt by the way of legendary pianists Konstantin Igumnov and Alexander Siloti. Leonid has performed in the former USSR, Europe, Israel, The United States, Australia and most recently, the People's Republic of China. He has given master classes at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music and the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. Mr. Treer has performed with many ensembles. Mr. Treer's diverse repertoire includes music from African-American to Gaelic, Armenian and Jewish themes, as well as an annual salute to the works of women composers. Mr. Treer is Professor of Music and Artist in Residence at Florida Atlantic University's (FAU) School of the Arts in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters. He is also Artistic Director of the FAU Chamber Soloists.

Time: 11:30 am - 1:15 pm
Date: Fridays, January 10, 17, 24, 31
Location: Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
Fees: $34 member / $54 non-member