Brown Bag Lecture: Ode to Joy

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 - 13:00 to 14:30

Ode to Joy: Do you really know Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony?

Everyone in the Western world has heard, and mostly cherishes, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony (1824) with its Ode to Joy, but how many actually know what it is made of, what are the elements that contribute to make it such an awesome and trailblazing work? Together we will explore some of the techniques and qualities that Beethoven used in the symphony, as well as contextualize it and learn about the circumstances of its premiere.

Alexandra Amati-Camperi hails from Naples, Italy. She holds a BA/MA in Slavic Studies and Philology from the University of Pisa (Italy), and a Ph.D. in Musicology from Harvard University. She is a Professor of Music at the University of San Francisco, and teaches in the community in various venues, including OLLI @ Berkeley. Her interests include the Italian Renaissance, Italian opera, Feminist criticism, Romantic piano music, and German Baroque choral music. She is a professional program annotator and pre-concert lecturer for many Bay Area organizations, including the SF Symphony, the SF Opera, the SF Bach Choir, Philharmonia Baroque, and others.

Bring your own lunch. Click here to RSVP. Free. We invite members of the public to join us and check out our program.

Brown Bags are every 1st Wednesday from 1 - 2:30pm.

SF State's Downtown Campus, 835 Market St., Room 677