Frank Cooper Presents Spring Lecture Series ‘A Mighty Five’

April 11, 2012 — Coral Gables, FL — University of Miami Frost School of Music Research Professor of Musicology Frank Cooper presents a special non-credit course this spring entitled "A Mighty Five" focusing on the music, lives and ideas of Mendelssohn, Dvorak, Mahler, Debussy and Rachmaninoff. The engaging lectures will take place on five consecutive Tuesday evenings beginning May 8, 2012, from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in Clarke Recital Hall in the Weeks Center for Recording and Performance, 5501 San Amaro Drive, Coral Gables. Tuition is $150 for all five lectures, and online registration by credit card is available.

Dr. Cooper explains that the "mighty five" have been "relegated curiously to positions of esteem slightly below composers such as Palestrina, Bach, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Schoenberg & Bartok, yet these men commanded audiences in Europe and America during their lifetimes, won critical plaudits, knew the most interesting people and left marks indelibly
on music’s history via works unique in creativity & expressiveness – yet most of us do not really know them as people."

These events aim to present the five great personalities using photos, drawings, letters, diaries, reviews & original commentary - along with audio, video & live musical examples.

MAY 8 Felix Mendelssohn
MAY 15 Antonín Dvorák
MAY 22 Gustav Mahler
MAY 29 Claude Debussy
JUNE 5 Sergei Rachmaninoff

Scheduled guest artists include Tony Boutté, Geoffrey Loff, Catherine Lan, Rosa Villar-Córdova-Scott, Marion Scott, Bergonzi String Quartet, Ross Harbaugh, and Misha Dacic. Artists are subject to change without notice.


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Frank Cooper, Research Professor of Musicology, Frost School of Music