During the 19th century, the piano became the most popular interface between a composer and his audience. Composers such as Chopin, Schumann, Liszt, and Rachmaninoff used the piano as both a vehicle for composition and for their own virtuoso careers, and they were fascinating personalities as well. The rise of pianism and of the traveling composer virtuoso was fueled by improvements in the instrument itself, by newly inexpensive travel, and by a new middle class that had the income and interest to listen to them. Come and explore these extraordinary musical icons.
912.540.01 Homewood Campus Lectures only: Thursdays, Oct. 15 and 22, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Cost: $62
912.540.02 Homewood Campus Lectures: Thursdays, Oct. 15 and 22, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. HSO performance, with Brian Ganz: Saturday, Oct. 24, 8 p.m., Shriver Hall Cost: $72
JHU full-time faculty/staff are eligible for 80 percent tuition remission. Please be aware that you will be unable to register online and receive the discount. For more information, call 410-516-8516.