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2018/19 Season

Discovery Lectures

Attain a new level of musical insight as our distinguished guest speakers unravel the historic and cultural aspects of various musical periods, composers, and works.


Please Note: Lectures typically run about 60 minutes with 30 minutes for questions and social time.

Indian Hill Music, 36 King Street, Littleton MA | Tickets $10 | Free for Indian Hill Music School students


Tchaikovsky and the Russian Five

Vladimir Gurin

Piano Faculty, Indian Hill Music School and Boston Conservatory at Berklee


It’s the middle of the 19th century – a significant period in the development of Russian classical music. We will travel to old and new capitals of Russia (Moscow and St. Petersburg) at the time when Russian professional music was born and learn about the dramatic differences between the Russian nationalist composers – known at The Russian Five (M. Balakirev, M. Mussorgsky, N. Rimsky-Korsakov, A. Borodin and C. Cui) -- and P. I. Tchaikovsky.


Tuesday, October 30 at noon

10/30/2018 12:00 PM 10/30/2018 2:00 PM America/New_York Tchaikovsky and The Russian Five Lecture with Vladimir Gurin Indian Hill Music, 36 King Street, Littleton MA
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Mahler’s Early Symphonies: From Idea to Form

Dr. Katarina Markovic

Musicologist & Faculty Member, New England Conservatory


Mahler’s First Symphony -- in the version we know today -- took the composer 10 years of painfully elaborate revisions to complete. This first, career-deciding work for the young Mahler challenged him with numerous issues. He needed to decide on: program or no program, traditional symphonic form or the modern then-popular tone poem, classical formal dimensions or expanded Wagnerian strokes, elevated and inspired melodies or his beloved folk and popular tunes. Mahler’s solution was not to decide at all, but to include it all in this work, which opened the road to a new model of the “Romantic Symphony” -- the symphony containing the whole world as Mahler would later explain. We will follow his compositional process from the first, and recently discovered 1889 version of the work as it was premiered in Budapest, to its final, 1899 version.


Thursday, January 24 at noon
01/24/2019 12:00 PM 01/24/2019 2:00 PM America/New_York Mahler’s Early Symphonies: From Idea to Form Lecture with Dr. Katarina Markovic Indian Hill Music, 36 King Street, Littleton MA
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The Indelible Romantic Expression of Johannes Brahms

Eric Kamen

Eric Kamen

Piano and Composition Faculty, Indian Hill Music School


Classicist, Traditionalist, Modernist, but not least, a composer who left his unique creative imprint on the Romantic musical culture of the 19th century. We’ll delve into his works and discover how the music of Johannes Brahms reached the apex of Romantic expression in music.


Tuesday, February 5 at noon
02/05/2019 12:00 PM 02/05/2019 2:00 PM America/New_York The Indelible Romantic Expression of Johannes Brahms Lecture with Eric Kamen Indian Hill Music, 36 King Street, Littleton MA
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The Art of Chamber Music: Open Rehearsal & Lecture
Beethoven & Rachmaninoff

Eric Kamen

Piano and Composition Faculty, Indian Hill Music School
With Guest Artist: Daniel Rowe, cello


Ensemble rehearsing is an art unto itself that involves a deep process of making decisions, practicing, and rehearsing a piece of music to make it ‘concert ready.’ There are many decisions to be made along the way having to do with tempo, articulation, color, phrasing, and overall temperament; not least of which is simply playing ‘together’ in agreement on all of those factors. Join us for a rare and intimate encounter with two master musicians as they take you through the process of their own musical ‘discovery,’ explaining as they rehearse several pieces by Beethoven and Rachmaninoff.


Tuesday, February 12 at noon
02/12/2019 12:00 PM 02/12/2019 2:00 PM America/New_York The Art of Chamber Music: Open Rehearsal & Lecture Open Rehearsal & Lecture with Eric Kamen Indian Hill Music, 36 King Street, Littleton MA
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“A New Path”: Beethoven’s Symphonic Vision

Dr. Lisa Cleveland

Assistant Director of Education, Indian Hill Music School

Find out why Beethoven's iconic Fifth Symphony literally changed the course of music history.


Tuesday, March 19 at noon
03/19/2019 12:00 PM 03/19/2019 2:00 PM America/New_York “A New Path”: Beethoven’s Symphonic Vision Lecture with Dr. Lisa Cleveland Indian Hill Music, 36 King Street, Littleton MA
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Traditional Roots Music in America

Bob Alessio

Faculty, Traditional Roots Music, Indian Hill Music School

What is Traditional Roots Music? Learn about its many branches, including: Americana, Appalachian/Old-Time, Bluegrass, Brother Duets, Cajun, Cape Breton, Celtic (Irish and Scottish), Country, Cowboy and Western, Folk, French-Canadian, Gospel, Parlor Music, and Western Swing. Tunes are most often played on acoustic instruments and feature ballads, hornpipes, jigs, marches, polkas, reels, and waltzes in several time signatures and tempos. Bob’s overview will include examples on the three primary Roots instruments: guitar, fiddle, and mandolin.


Tuesday, April 23 at noon
04/23/2019 12:00 PM 04/23/2019 2:00 PM America/New_York Traditional Roots Music in America Lecture with Bob Alessio Indian Hill Music, 36 King Street, Littleton MA
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