Music of Haydn, Mozart & Beethoven
Critically acclaimed as a “musician’s musician,” Matthew Bengtson’s talents range from extraordinary pianist to composer and scholar of historical performance practice. His interests also go beyond music, and as a 3-handicap golfer, a dan-level go player, and a chess FIDE master (FM), he is a formidable opponent on the links and at the go and chess boards! Educated at Harvard University with a focus in mathematics and computer science, he then went on to earn graduate degrees in piano performance at the Peabody Conservatory of Music, and studied fortepiano on a fellowship at Cornell University with Malcolm Bilson, America’s foremost fortepianist and teacher. He is currently Assistant Professor of Piano Literature at the University of Michigan.
Bengtson’s lecture-recital at Saint James will veer from the norm of modern classical concerts to include commentary geared to set an 18th-century mood. He will take things a step further by reviving an old tradition of improvising preludes between major works, and will perform one piece written by Mozart for exactly that purpose. His instrument is modeled after a fortepiano made in 1785, one much like Mozart would have played. Although virtually forgotten today, composer-pianists as recent at Feruccio Busoni and Josef Hoffman were known to offer such improvised introductions in their public recitals.
We invite the audience to step back in time to hear the music as it was intended to be heard.
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Students & Children: $5
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Date(s) - 10/01/2017
Saint James Episcopal Church