Concert and Lecture Series

Welcome to the 2016-2017 season of the Concord Conservatory of Music Concert & Lecture Series—three concerts and lectures curated by CCM faculty member Keith Kirchoff. Each concert will be preceded by a brief lecture on the evening’s program, given by Mr. Kirchoff. The concerts will feature performances by talented conservatory faculty and guests. We hope you will join us for this in-depth concert series! 


Friday, September 23, 7:00 pm

When listening to a new piece of music, many people naturally gravitate towards the melody: is it singable? Is it catchy? However, for many composers—for example, Beethoven or Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Luther Adams—the role of melody is relegated to the background, and harmony becomes the primary tool for expression. Join CCM faculty Keith Kirchoff and guest marimba player, Matt Sharrock, as they explore the role of harmony in music with works for piano, organ, and marimba. Music will be performed by the composers J.S. Bach, Beethoven, Muhly, Mackey, and Adams.


Friday, November 18, 7:00 pm

Counterpoint often involves the interaction of differing melodies within a single piece and is at the heart of many famous musical arrangements. While one most frequently associates counterpoint concepts with J.S. Bach and the Baroque era, counterpoint is one of the driving forces within every era’s music. This concert will explore how different composers throughout history have integrated counterpoint into their work, by highlighting melodic counterpoint, timbral counterpoint, instrumental counterpoint, and even visual counterpoint. The CCM string faculty will perform works by J.S. Bach, Beethoven, Prokofiev, and Biggs.


Friday, March 10, 7:00 pm

Even without text or images, music often tells a vibrant story. Sometimes music emphasizes a particular feeling or mood expressed in the story; other times it expresses a distinct narrative. Join Keith Kirchoff and the CCM Piano Faculty as they explore musical storytelling. With pieces drawing from both humor and tragedy, we will recall classic cartoons, extract musical meaning from abstract art, retell the story of the earth’s beginning, and explore how music influences themes of life and mortality. Music will be performed by the composers Liszt, Copland, Satie, and Bolcom.

Tickets are available at the door.