This summer, we're thrilled to feature Kaleidoscope Lectures as part of our Summer Festival. Obviously, we love piano concerts, but we also relish the opportunity to have our intellect challenged through profound lectures. The Kaleidoscope Lectures will inspire you to reflect on topics that are both relevant and poignant. From a psychiatrist to a neurobiologist to music professors, our upcoming lecturers are worth your time. Each lecture starts at 7 PM, but followed immediately by an exceptional concert at 8 PM. Mingle with old and new friends right here in Portland!
MON / JUL 30, 2018 / 7PM
Music and Meaning
Dr. Constance Jackson, psychiatrist
The acts of making and receiving music are inherently communicative, allowing us to form bonds with one another from the moment we are born. Studies show that the heartbeats of people singing in a choir will synchronize during the performance of a piece of music. Musical communication transcends language, culture, breaks down barriers and reveals how similar we are to one another. Dr. Jackson will discuss the ways in which music reflects and connects us to our inner life and to one another.
Featuring pianist Tanya Gabrielian in-concert playing Beethoven, Chopin, Schumann, and Gershwin.
TUE / JUL 31, 2018 / 7PM
Music as Activism, Musician as Activist
Tanya Gabrielian, concert pianist
Tanya Gabrielian will talk about her personal experiences with mental health and how she has found meaning through music by using it to advocate for awareness of mental health issues in today’s society.
Featuring pianist Alexander Shtarkman in-concert playing Beethoven, Brahms, and Chopin.
WED / AUG 1, 2018 / 7PM
Music and the Brain
Dr. Lawrence Sherman, neurobiologist
What does music do to our brains on a cellular and molecular level? How do our brains perceive pitch, rhythm and harmony? Can music be used as a tool for brain health or for recovery in the case of a brain injury? Dr Sherman, a nationally-acclaimed expert in music and the brain, will talk about how human beings experience music on a neurobiological level and the very positive implications of this for all of us.
Featuring pianist Anthony Padilla in-concert playing Bach/Busoni, Copland/Bernstein, and Musorgsky/Horowitz.
THR / AUG 2, 2018 / 7PM
Words and Music, the Chicken or the Egg?
(This lecture is about how the spoken word combined with music gave birth to the Romantic era).
Katherine FitzGibbon, Associate Professor of Music, Lewis & Clark College
Featuring The Palatine Trio in-concert playing Bloch, Piazolla, Haydn, and Brahms. (The Palatine Trio: Inès Voglar Belgique, violin; Nancy Ives, cello; Susan DeWitt Smith, piano)
FRI / AUG 3, 2018 / 7PM
One Pianist’s Quest; Finding Meaning in the World of Black and White
Susan DeWitt Smith, Associate Professor of Music, Lewis & Clark College
Focusing on the late works of Brahms, Susan DeWitt Smith will talk about how a musician forms an interpretation of a piece of music. Understanding the harmonic structure, architecture, melodic syntax and the personal history of a composer are all important in coming to an understanding of a musical work. So, too, is an understanding on oneself, from both a musical and a personal standpoint. This talk will look at the myriad of elements that one musician considers in realizing an interpretation of a piece of music.
Featuring pianist Andrew Brownell in-concert playing Bach, Hummel, and Chopin.