Ask the Conductor: A Virtual Visit with Steve LipsittWednesday May 26, 2021
7:00 PM until 8:30 PM
In memory of the Library's former trustee Herb Voigt, please join us this evening via Zoom for a conversation with Steven Lipsitt. Maestro Lipsitt is the Founding Director of the Bach, Beethoven & Brahams Society of Boston. He will speak about his position and will answer questions about his role and classical music.
When you attend a concert or other musical event, do you wonder about the instrumentalists on stage or in the pit? Who wrote the music and what were their expectations, why those particular instruments, what did the players do to earn that spot, how do they maintain their skills, and when is it OK to clap? This speaker will explore the rich fabric of classical music performance as he focuses on the topic: "Rhythm and Emotions." Some questions he may ponder are how do master composers use rhythmic figuration to create atmosphere and evoke a mood or feeling in the listener. And what psychological or theatrical role do repetition and form play in the persuasiveness of a musical composition?
Maestro Lipsitt has conducted orchestras in Russia, Greece, Brazil, China, the Czech Republic, Canada, and the U.S. He has been a guest conductor at Scottish Opera, the Kennedy Center Opera House, Boston Lyric Opera, the Boston Pops, and Boston Ballet, and has served as cover conductor for the symphony orchestras of St. Louis, Toronto, and Boston. He has trained young musicians at Tanglewood, New England Conservatory, Boston University, the Hart School of Music, and the Boston Conservatory Opera Theatre. Steven has collaborated with Pete Seeger, Judy Collins, Odetta, Bobby McFerrin, the Empire Brass Quintet, and members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
We hope you will join us! Advance registration is required and you can sign up here. Once registered, a Zoom connection link will be Emailed to you on the day of the event so that you can participate. This program is kindly sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library and is free and open to all.
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