Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Forum for Scholars and Publics (Old Chem 011)
12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Light lunch served at 11:45 a.m.
A public conversation with Jennifer Koh and Duke musicologist R. Larry Todd, who is currently teaching a course on Beethoven. They will discuss Koh's Bridge to Beethoven project. Jennifer Koh will perform the Beethoven Violin Concerto as a featured guest of the Duke Symphony Orchestra on Wednesday, March 2, at 8 p.m. in Baldwin Auditorium. Free & open to the public.
Presented in collaboration with the Duke Department of Music. Made possible, in part, by a Visiting Artist Grant from the Council for the Arts, Office of the Provost, Duke University. Jennifer Koh's public conversation is a part of Talking Music: Conversations with Scholars, Writers, Archivists, and Artists, co-sponsored by Duke Performances and Forum for Scholars & Publics.
Violinist Jennifer Koh is recognized for her intense, commanding performances, delivered with dazzling virtuosity and technical assurance. With an impassioned musical curiosity, she is forging an artistic path of her own devising, choosing works that both inspire and challenge. She is dedicated to performing the violin repertoire of all eras from traditional to contemporary, believing that the past and present form a continuum. Across this stylistic spectrum, Koh maintains her "insightful, richly hued playing" (The New York Times) and her "impetuous, bright-toned phrasing" (The San Jose Mercury).
R. Larry Todd
R. Larry Todd is Arts and Sciences Professor of Music and former chair of the music department at Duke University. His books include Fanny Hensel, the Other Mendelssohn (2010) and Mendelssohn: A Life in Music (2003), which was named “Best Biography of 2003” by the Association of American Publishers. He is a former fellow of the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute and recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and National Humanities Center. A graduate of Yale University, Todd studied piano at the Yale School of Music.