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    Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 8 pm

    Carnegie Hall - 57th Street & 7th Avenue, New York, NY (Map)
    Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage

    BEETHOVEN!
    Mass in C Major - Choral Fantasy - finale to Fidelio

    The Cecilia Chorus of New York with Orchestra
    Mark Shapiro, Music Director and Conductor
    Larry Weng, piano
    Guest artists: The LIU Post Chorus

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    Sunday, March 22, 2015 - 3 pm
    The David Randolph Lecture 

    The Roger Smith Hotel - 501 Lexington Avenue (@ 47th Street), New York, NY (Map)

    Beethoven, German Catholicism, and the Mass in C 
    Speaker: Nicholas Chong

    Reception follows (wine and cheese) 

    Cost: $20.00 in advance / $25.00 at the door/ $15.00  for students and seniors

    About the lecture:
    Most music scholars of the last century have sought to distance Beethoven from the Catholic religion in which he was born and raised.  Though the composer had a well-documented interest in religious, spiritual and philosophical issues, his religious outlook tends to be described as idiosyncratic and unorthodox, but not specifically Catholic or even Christian.  The popular image of Beethoven as a liberal, progressive, anti-establishment figure in both a political and musical sense, which originated in the second half of the nineteenth century, makes it difficult to imagine that he might have any kind of conventional religious allegiance.  This lecture will present recent research which suggests that these long-held assumptions about Beethoven's religious outlook are too simplistic and, in some respects, even inaccurate.  In particular, it will show how the highly complex history of German Catholicism during Beethoven's lifetime should encourage a reconsideration of the nature of Beethoven's religious beliefs, as well as the meaning of Beethoven's religious music, especially the Mass in C.  

    About the speaker:
    Nicholas Chong is a member of The Cecilia Chorus of New York, and a doctoral candidate in historical musicology at Columbia University.  His research interests are interdisciplinary in nature, and center on the music of the late Classical and early Romantic eras in Germany and Austria, focusing especially on the relationship of music to religious, political and intellectual history.  He is currently writing a dissertation on Beethoven's religious music and its connection to the German Catholicism of the composer's time.  In addition to his work on Beethoven, he has published a journal article on Mozart's Don Giovanni.  As an instructor in Columbia's Core Curriculum, he has also taught introductory classes in classical music, as well as in social and political thought.  Prior to coming to Columbia, Mr. Chong earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, summa cum laude, in music from Yale University, where he was awarded the Wrexham Prize by the music department.  He also holds a Master of Music degree in orchestral conducting from the College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati, and remains an active performer, as a conductor and as a singer.  Born in Singapore to Malaysian parents, Mr. Chong attended high school at Scotch College in Melbourne, Australia, before coming to the United States.

     


    Summer Sings

    The Church of the Holy Trinity - Draesel Hall - 316 E. 88th St, New York, NY (Map)

    Monday June 8, 7:00pm - 10:00pm

    Monday June 15, 7:00pm - 10:00pm