'Rachmaninoff: Piano's Golden Age Composer' Webinar w/ Steinway Artist
While many of us have heard the timeless compositions of Sergei Vasilievich Rachmaninoff in American movie classics like Shine, Groundhog Day, and Somewhere in Time, who exactly was this world-renown composer of the late 19th / early 20th-century? What made his music capture the essence of the "Russian Soul?" And why did he flee Russia to the United States at the height of the Spanish Flu pandemic in 1918? It's time to explore the miraculous life story and works of one of the greatest composers of all time, with an exclusive listen to his monumental piano solo performed by one of today's best pianists.
Join New York Adventure Club as we explore the life and musical legacy of Steinway Artist Sergei Vasilievich Rachmaninoff (1873-1943), one of the last great pianist–composers in a grand tradition stretching back to the Gilded Age.
Led by Steinway Artist Hsing-ay Hsu, this historical and musical journey teeming with exclusive piano demos, performances, and light-hearted trivia will include:
A deep dive into the heart-wrenching story of Russian-born nobleman Sergei Vasilievich Rachmaninoff, and how he overcame his depression to rise to greater musical success
Rachmaninoff's move as a political refugee to New York City through a historical lens, which he and the mass of Europe's musician refugees transformed from a place of manufacturing to a global cultural center
A discussion around Rachmaninoff’s unique Romanticist musical style, which was full of nostalgia, resilience, and incredible imagination
A live listening demonstration using Hsing-ay’s Conscious Listening™ techniques, a step-by-step demonstration for a richer listening experience
A private Hi-Def video performance by Hsing-ay Hsu featuring excerpts from “Variations on a Theme by Chopin Op.22” and "Prelude in G Major"
Afterward, we'll have a Q&A with Hsing-ay — any and all questions about Sergei Vasilievich Rachmaninoff are welcomed and encouraged!
Can't make it live? Don't worry, you'll have access to the full replay for one week!
See you there, virtually!
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***A full replay of the experience will be available to all registered guests for up to a week
About Hsing-ay Hsu
Since her stage debut at age 4, Steinway Artist Hsing-ay Hsu (“Sing-I Shoo”) has been performing at such venues as Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center NYC, and in Europe & Asia. International prizewinner, concert producer, teacher/educator, studio owner, adjudicator, she hosts a YouTube channel and Café webinars to help music- lovers process life through music. Born in Beijing, Ms. Hsu trained at Juilliard, Yale University, Aspen, Ravinia, and Tanglewood. She is currently on the summer faculty of Rocky Ridge and Chautauqua Institute Special Courses adult programs, and was a faculty member at the University of Colorado for fourteen years before recently returning to New York. Bio at hsingayhsu.com.
"I have watched numerous webinars over the last year and can honestly say this is the best one yet. It was so well-paced, well organized, informative, instructional and entertaining. The slide presentation, the musical examples, the performances, the narrative were all exemplary." -Catherine
"I liked the combination of performance and narration. The presenter played a work of Rachmaninoff that I had not heard before." -Donna
"Amazing piano playing and history" -Maggie
"It was a plus to hear such beautiful playing. I loved to see the performance spaces, the Steinway floral explosion, and the personal connection Hsingayhsu has with Rachmaninov." -Michele
"Great performances and interesting information" -Cynthia
"Lovely music, very well played. The lecture portion was just the right amount of information." -Carol Jean
"The history and the playing were excellent. And that was one classy piano!" -Philip
"I liked when the speaker demonstrated various topics on the piano. I also liked her quizzes and how she counted on the piano using an octave! Her performances were a treat." -Marcia
"The presenter, the content, the music...all excellent" -Ron
"Outstanding! this will definitely be one I'll watch a few more times via the replay to soak up as much of her info as I can. Plus, beautiful playing!" -Michele
"The presenter was excellent and I enjoyed her piano performances as well as the historical material she presented about Rachmaninoff’s life." -Wendy
"Very different than other programs and very rewarding. But then I love classical music and have actually played some Rachmaninoff (but not necessarily well.)" -Lee
"I liked the lecturer's extensive knowledge, and her excellent selection of photos." -Harold
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