Music Lovers Seminars

Miró | Beethoven | An Epic Journey
Monday, June 23, 1:30 – 4:30 pm

Stephen Rumph

Stephen Rumph

This Music Lovers Seminar will set the stage for the Miró Quartet’s performance of
Beethoven’s 16 string quartets, which will take place over 5 concert nights June 23 – 29, 2014.
The Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival is honored to bring internationally recognized scholar Stephen Rumph, Associate Professor of Music History at the University of Washington, for this special afternoon on Monday, June 23 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm at the Orcas Senior Center.

This seminar will explore Beethoven’s sixteen quartets as a microcosm of the composer’s entire oeuvre, tracing the changing stylistic, aesthetic, and ideological landscape of Beethoven’s music from his early Viennese years until his death. Professor Rumph’s observations will combine biographical and historical information with close musical readings, and will offer music lovers of every level an accessible and stimulating introduction to these masterpieces of the chamber music repertory.
Rumph has lectured widely on Beethoven’s music, and published a prominent study of the composer’s political thought, “Beethoven After Napoleon: Political Romanticism in the Late Works” (University of California Press, 2004).

 “A brilliant and unfailingly provocative reading of Beethoven’s music. Rumph challenges and refines our views of the subject, reinterpreting overly familiar music in striking new ways. Wonderful critical and interpretive observations abound…”
– Scott Burnham, author of “Beethoven Hero.”

Professor Rumph teaches and publishes on a wide range of topics, including opera, film music, French art song, Mozart, and Beethoven.  His writings appear in numerous music journals, and he recently published a second book, “Mozart and Enlightenment Semiotics” (University of California Press, 2011). He served as Reviews Editor for Beethoven Forum, 2005-2008.  He joined the UW School of Music faculty in 2002, after studying voice at Oberlin Conservatory and earning a Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley. Rumph also sings professionally as a lyric tenor, performing widely in concert, oratorio, and opera.


2013 Summer Festival Lecturers:
August 9:  Jon Kimura Parker, world famous pianist, Professor of  Piano at Rice University, Artistic Advisor of Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival
 August 13: Toby Appel, violist, narrator, Juilliard faculty, commentator for National Public Radio
August 16: Verne Windham, acclaimed musician, conductor, Director  of Music and Arts for KPBX Public Radio
 August 20:  Lisa Bergman, pianist, Artistic Director of Mostly Nordic Chamber Series, host of Classical KING-FM program
 August 23:  Roupen Shakarian, composer, conductor, Music Director of Skagit Symphony

Comprehensive in scope, these in-depth seminars occur during the Summer Festival and involve highly regarded lecturers from the Northwest and guest artists, representing unique aspects of the classical music world. These seminars are always rich in detail, reflecting the social and historical context of each composer and the specific repertoire of the concert evening. Each is augmented by a coveted visit to a concert rehearsal. Purchase a seminar ticket the same way you purchase a concert ticket. A limited number of seats may be sold at the door, depending on available space.