Lifelong Learning

Understanding Modernism: Beethoven and the Avant-Garde

Join Concord Conservatory of Music faculty member, concert pianist, and composer, Keith Kirchoff, as he offers his seventeenth series of classes at the Concord Council on Aging.

During this upcoming session, Keith will be exploring the concept of "modernism," and how that term has changed and evolved over the centuries. Focus will be the music of Beethoven and how his radical ideas impacted and influenced generations of composers after him. With music spanning from 1500 to present day, the class will additionally draw on an exploration of visual and cinematic art (as well as a variety of musical genres) to help illustrate modernist concepts.

You will hear music differently by the end of this session. Whether you are an active concertgoer, study an instrument, or just enjoy listening, these thirteen 90-minute classes are a wonderful way to increase your joy of music and expand your musical knowledge.

Each class is highly interactive and will focus on important works in music history. Classes meet on Mondays from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM at the Concord Council on Aging. Everyone is welcome, and no musical background is required. Registration is through the Concord Council on Aging (12 sessions for $135).