Lecture Series

Prometheus Symphony Orchestra
2020-2021 Lecture Series
Eric Hansen, Music Director


Our Music Director, Eric Hansen, is offering a lively series of lectures about music, music theory and history. And you’re all invited to join us! Be amazed and entertained, learn new things, ask questions. There will be bad jokes. Online, from the comfort of your armchair, Sunday afternoons, bring your own wine. Lectures will be recorded so you can listen whenever you’re free.

Eric will delve into the main composers, the important developments of the orchestra genre/musical form, the changing makeup of the orchestra (types of instruments, size of the orchestra and who were the musicians), the cities/countries that produced flourishing orchestras and regional styles, who supported orchestras and the effect that had (religious vs secular), who was in the audience, and what were musicians’ lives like?

We hope you enjoy these terrific music talks by Eric, just as you do at our concerts. And of course we hope you are inspired to make a donation as a token of your appreciation, to help Prometheus make it through these times when we cannot play for you.

>> Use the links below to hear the lecture <<
>> To hear previous lectures, clic on the Period <<

3pm Sunday October 25
The Baroque Period

3pm Sunday November 8
The Classical Period

3pm Sunday November 22
The Romantic Period-1 (Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Schubert, Berlioz)

3pm Sunday December 13
Romantic Period-2 (Schumann, Brahms, Wagner, Tchaikovsky)

3pm Sunday January 31
Romantic Period-3 (Dvorak, Bruckner, Mahler, Strauss)

3pm Sunday February 14
Modern Period-1 (Debussy, Ravel, Schoenberg, Stravinsky, Ives)

 3pm Sunday, March 7
Modern Period-2 (Bartok, Sibelius, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Copland)
The file indicates Modern-1 but it really is Modern-2  (we forgot to change the designation)

3pm Sunday, March 21
Beethoven Symphony No. 3 “Eroica”

3pm Sunday, April 18
William Grant Still and the Music of African-American Composers
Florence Price, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Louis Gottschalk, George Walker

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