Not your typical music appreciation class! Moby Pearson (violinist, ensemble coach, and orchestra conductor) invites you into his home to listen to variety of musical treats with fellow music lovers. Listen to glorious music – from the Baroque to the Beatles and sometimes beyond. And pick up new musical perspectives along the way!
Beethoven’s Harp Quartet
A walk through this aptly named string quartet which was written during his ‘middle’ period in 1809. Moby says “personally it is my favorite Beethoven quartet; the unique plucking in the first movement, poignant and pleading tunes in the second, an explosive scherzo, and, to finish, a fascinating set of variations with a surprise ending.” We will also sample various recordings of the piece, always a fun exercise!
Instrumental Altos – The Viola and English Horn
Some of the most beautiful solos ever written are scored for these two soulful and melancholy sounding instruments. We will explore their roles in the symphony orchestra, hear some chamber music and concerto excerpts, and look back at their ancestral cousins – the viola d’amore and oboe da caccia.
The Art of a Great Conductor
Maestro George Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra set the high standard for orchestral playing with energetic precision and a sound that was transparent yet dynamic. We will sample his vast and diverse discography from Haydn and Beethoven to Prokofiev and Strauss.