David Finckel Lecture Series: The Life of Beethoven through the Cello Sonatas, with Wu Han, piano

Monday, March 30, 6:00 PM
Recital Hall | Staller Center for the Arts
Free Admission

The five sonatas Ludwig van Beethoven composed for piano and cello span the three essential periods of his creative life; through no other music can Beethoven’s musical journey be illustrated so concisely yet comprehensively. Having performed the cycle numerous times inter¬nationally, and recorded it as well, David Finckel and Wu Han will take listeners through Beethoven’s life and artistic development, narrating in words and performance one of the greatest musical stories of all time.

For his second year of special activities at Stony Brook, David Finckel, former cellist of the Emerson String Quartet, shares his vast experience in a lecture series that approaches becoming a professional musician from a variety of directions. Beginning with an in-depth reveal of his work as an arts administrator, the lecture topics move eclectically to include artistic analysis and life stories of legendary performers, interpretive techniques available to all musicians, the latest in music and the media, and a musical journey through the life of Beethoven.


Dawn Upshaw and Gilbert Kalish

Wednesday, April 1, 8:00 PM
Recital Hall | Staller Center for the Arts
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Dawn Upshaw and her longtime collaborator, pianist Gilbert Kalish, bring a deeply engaging recital to Staller Center. Upshaw has achieved worldwide celebrity as a singer of opera and concert repertoire ranging from the sacred works of Bach to the freshest sounds of today. In 1993 her amazing voice was heard worldwide on the million-selling recording of the haunting Symphony No 3 by Henryk Górecki, known as the Symphony of Sorrowful Songs. Ms. Upshaw regularly presents specially designed programs composed of lieder, unusual contemporary works in many languages, and folk and popular music. The four-time Grammy Award winner will be joined by Gilbert Kalish, Distinguished Professor of Music at Stony Brook University and a renowned pianist and guest artist with many of the world’s best chamber ensembles.

Gil Dawn

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