Community Music School presents
Free Brown Bag Lecture-Recital Series
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Funded in part by the Bessie Graham Music Fund & Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts Project Stream Grant through the Lehigh Valley Arts Council 
Where do great ideas come from?
What inspires us?
Does it need to be a specific event or can it be something more abstract? Artistry can be discovered everywhere and through this exploration, we can inspire further bursts of creativity. Everyone is welcome to this free lecture-recital series devoted to sharing inspirations and interpretations, led by CMS piano faculty member, Dr. Holly Roadfeldt.
2018-19 Season | Second Thursday | 12-1 pm
1544 W. Hamilton Street | Allentown
Inspired by Gershwin
October 11, 2018
Almost 100 years later, Gershwin’s music still captivates audiences. Rhapsody in Blue and An American in Paris are often programmed in orchestra concerts and his songs from the 1920s and 1930s appear on Pops concerts as well as on traditional art song recitals. In October, Dr. Holly Roadfeldt will perform and discuss Gershwin’s Preludes for Piano and Earl Wild’s virtuosic transcriptions of his songs Embraceable You, I Got Rhythm, and The Man I Love.
Inspired by the Moon
November 8, 2018
What do Debussy’s Clair de Lune, Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata, and Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire have in common? The Moon! The Moon has fascinated artists, philosophers, scientists, and poets since the dawn of humanity, and has come to stand as a symbol for images as diverse as love, insanity, fertility, and nature. How are these composers describing that wonder? Share your ideas as we discuss how each of these pieces relates to the human fascination with the Moon.
Inspired by the Night
February 14, 2019
Night Photo
Many artists believe they do their best work when the rest of the world is still. How do we psychologically, emotionally, and intellectually perceive the night? Does it remind us of moonlit walks or ghost stories or does it just provide the backdrop to wonderful dreams? Dr. Holly Roadfeldt will perform and discuss several musical interpretations of the night through the music of Oscar Peterson, Robert Schumann, Amy Beach, Frédéric Chopin, and Kirk O’Riordan.
Inspired by Bob Dylan
March 14, 2019
Bob Dylan
The songs of multi-talented folk singer, Bob Dylan, have
inspired many unique interpretations and arrangements. As part of this Classical Conversations session, we will be focusing on Dylan’s song All Along the Watchtower and listen to different settings by Dylan, Hendrix, and Corigliano. Each arrangement will incorporate different instruments (harmonica, electric guitar, and traditional orchestra). Participants will be able to determine the effectiveness of each version and also discuss the merits of Bob Dylan as a poet and inspirer of numerous musical works.
Bring your lunch and get inspired!
Water & coffee provided. Reservations for parties of 5 or more appreciated.