on character in music: alfred brendel

by pieces of moments

Get out your calendars. The eponymous pianist Alfred Brendel will be in residence at my alma mater, New England Conservatory of Music, from November 4-6.Everything kicks off with a lecture entitled “On Character In Music” at 4 PM in Jordan Hall. Other events include bestowing an honorary doctorate on Mr. Brendel, as well as a masterclass and piano seminar. Check here for further details.

I think Mr. Brendel is just phenomenal. I had the extreme honor of seeing him perform in Boston’s Symphony Hall during his farewell tour last year. His control of the instrument leaves you breathless and speechless. To see him live is to exist simultaneously in utter silence and blissful sound. Hard to explain. So, it’s probably best to just go.