Music University

2019 Music University

MUSIC UNIVERSITY: Beethoven Intensive l & ll
Feb. 20/22 and March 6/11

Beethoven Intensive l
Wednesday, February 20, 7:50pm
Friday, February 22, 12 noon*

Beethoven Intensive ll
Wednesday, March 6, 7:50pm
Monday, March 11, 12 noon*

With Cantor Joseph Ness
Please join us at 7:30 pm for Minyan preceding these lectures.
No charge for admission. Open to the public.
*Encore presentations repeat the preceding Wednesday lecture.

Beethoven was a revolutionary man living in a revolutionary time. He captured his inner voice –and the spirit of his time – demons and all, and in doing so, created a body of music the likes ofwhich no one had ever before imagined. “An artist must never stand still,” he once said. A virtuoso at the keyboard, Beethoven used the piano as his personal musical laboratory, and the piano sonata became, more than any other genre of music, a place where he could experiment with harmony, motivic development, the contextual use of form, and most importantly, his developing view of music asan artistic self-expression. These lectures will feature some analysis and historical background, but will mainly explore and demystify the compositions through discussion and recorded examples of Beethoven’s early, middle, and late period piano works, such as: The Moonlight, Les Adieux, Appassionata, and Hammerklavier sonatas – while at the same time embracing the eternal mystery of his music.

2017-18 Music University

3 Lectures: Words and Music
Begins see below for topics and dates

Location: The Community Room, Beth El Temple, 2626 Albany Avenue, West Hartford, Conn.


3 Lectures with your choice of dates and times prior to the evening lectures, please join us for Minyan in the Chapel
Cantatas & Oreos
Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, 7:30 pm
Encore Lecture held on 
Monday, November 6 at NOON
Cantor Joseph Ness teaches us how words and music work together. What do lyrics mean and how does the music change meaning. For discussion: Cantatas & Oratorios. Audio samples – Served with Oreo cookies
For some background about the cantata or oratorio forms and the jews go to:

All About Baroque Music
Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017, 7:30 pm
Encore Lecture held on 

Monday, November 13 at NOON
Cantor Joseph Ness teaches us how words and music work together. In this lecture we’ll
talk about the language of revolution in chorale music. Live demos. Served with Coffee, Tea & French Pastry.

For a little background about baroque music and the jews go to:

Why does the “Fat Lady Sing?”
Thursday (CANCELLED)
Postponed till Monday

Monday, November 20 at NOON
Cantor Joseph Ness teaches us how words and music work together. A conversation about opera libretti. Understand the terminology: recitative, libretto, scene, action, aria, duet, trio, quartet, and chorus. How did opera develop over the centuries? Learn through demonstrations how opera librettos are formed with recitative (dialogue), songs and parenthetical action descriptions. Recordings & Demonstrations. Served with something rich. NO CHARGE. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
For a little background about the jews of opera go to:
The Fall 2017 Music Series is sponsored in part by BEMA, Bob Gruskay, The Chai Society, The Beth El Cantor’s Music Fund and by donors like you.
Israel: Land of Music – 
details TBA
Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 7:30pm

Israeli Experience – In 2 parts 
Wednesday, May 16, 2018, 7:30pm
Wednesday, May 23, 2018, 7:30pm
word and music