(April 7, 2010)--The UTSA Department of Music will host a free, brown-bag lunch concert, "Beethoven in the Ballroom," from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, April 8 in the University Center Ballroom (1.104) on the Main Campus. The UTSA community is invited to bring lunch to this come-and-go event and enjoy performances by UTSA piano students of selected sonatas by Beethoven.
The musical performances will be supplemented with a simultaneous slide show presentation featuring basic descriptions of each work.
Ludwig van Beethoven's 32 piano sonatas include some of his most popular compositions. They also contain many of the most difficult technical hurdles in the standard piano repertoire.
In the sonatas, Beethoven experimented with the technical capabilities of pianists and of the piano itself. Stylistically, his use of form and harmony were consistently progressive and his development of the genre as an expressive device paved the way for romanticism in the 19th century.
Because of the popularity of Beethoven's 32 piano sonatas, concert series featuring them have become somewhat common. Groups of musicians or soloists have produced concert series where the sonatas are performed chronologically or grouped by other various criteria.
This two-hour concert, inspired by these marathon concerts, will let the audience sample Beethoven's monumental achievements within the piano sonatas. Join us for this special opportunity and experience.
UTSA prides itself on giving students a well-rounded education. Combining a top-tier academic program with opportunities for personal growth prepares students to compete in a global economy. And that's not all. They learn to be informed and engaged citizens as well. At the heart of that academic program is an award-winning core curriculum.
For four consecutive years, UTSA has received an A-rating from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni for the caliber of its core curriculum. According to ACTA, UTSA requires its students to take six of the seven courses deemed "crucial" to a well-rounded education: composition, literature, U.S. government or history, economics, mathematics and science. Only a handful of other institutions in the U.S. are giving students these tools, which are needed to succeed in careers and the community.
Did you know? UTSA is one of only three Texas institutions and 23 in the United States to receive the highest rating for its core curriculum in the 2014-2015 edition of the ACTA's "What Will They Learn?" report.
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