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Wednesday Evenings with Max Levinson – Summer 2020

San Juan Chamber MusicFest Artistic Director Max Levinson presented a series of eight live, virtual, hour-long historical presentations on piano music throughout the ages July 15 through September 2, 2020. Max gave a talk on a different subject each week, played a short piano piece and took questions from the Zoom audience. The 2020 SJCMF was cancelled due to COVID-19 and Max Levinson offered these presentations as an alternative.

Enjoy the recorded presentations below!


July 15 Introduction to the Traditional “Four Periods” of Piano Music and Early Keyboard Instruments
– Performance of a piece by Scarlatti


July 22 Bach and Baroque Style
– Performance of a piece by Bach


July 29 Mozart and the Classical Style
– Performance of a piece by Mozart


August 5 Beethoven and the “Artist” with a Capital “A”
– Performance of a piece by Beethoven


August 12 Romanticism, Part 1: Breaking Rules
– Performance of a piece by Schumann


August 19 Romanticism Part 2: New Audiences and the “Exotic”
– Performance of a piece by Chopin


August 26 Now What? Music in the Early 20th Century
– Performance of a piece by Prokofiev


September 2 Americans and Other Experimenters: Music since 1950
– Performance of a piece by George Crumb


In the News:
Telluride News Feature – “Piano music through the ages”
July 15, 2020


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