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Humanities West: Rockin' the Sonata - 7:30pm

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19 Fri Sep 2014

Humanities West: Rockin' the Sonata - 7:30pm

Humanities West: Rockin' the Sonata - 7:30pm

Music at its most fun! Both Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) and Paul Schoenfield (1947- ) are highly formal in their sonata form.Yet Haydn’s classical sonatas embodied the formalism of the 18th-century Enlightenment,while Detroit native Paul Schoenfield’s “Cafe Music” (1987) expresses the whimsy and energy of a 21st-century urban metropolis. Daniel Cher (violin), Russell Hancock (piano, lecturer), and Michel Flexer (cello) demonstrate through illustrated lecture and performance how two utterly different composers use the same tools to express the sentiment of their age. An antidote to the staid world of classical music, the artists earn glowing praise for making their trademark ‘informances’ interesting, accessible, and oftentimes funny.

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