14 Jan 2015 5:00pm - 6:30pm West Road Concert Hall


This event is free and open to all. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Tickets for the concert on 20 January 2015 can be purchased at the Corn Exchange Box Office (tel: 01223 357851). It will also be possible to buy tickets from the box office desk at West Road on the day. 


To open the 2015 Humanitas Series in Chamber Music, Murray Perahia’s illustrated lecture will explore the music of composers ranging from Bach to Brahms. Referring to contrapuntal, harmonic, melodic and formal features in select masterpieces, Mr Perahia will describe how music can achieve profound meaning and emotion through sounds alone. Much of his commentary will focus in addition on the reflections of these composers on their own music and on the works of others. All of this will be brought to life in passages played at the keyboard, each confirming the indissoluble union of thought and feeling in artistic performance of the highest standard. 


Event in the series

On Performing the Classics
14 Jan 2015 5:00pm - 6:30pm, West Road Concert Hall
Murray Perahia in Conversation with John Rink on Chopin
15 Jan 2015 5:00pm - 6:30pm, West Road Concert Hall
Open Rehearsal with the Doric String Quartet
19 Jan 2015 2:30pm - 5:30pm, West Road Concert Hall
Doric String Quartet
20 Jan 2015 7:30pm - 9:30pm, West Road Concert Hall

About the Professorship

The Humanitas Visiting Professorship in Chamber Music has been made possible by the generous support of Mr Lawrence Saper.

The Humanitas Chair in Chamber Music will bring world-renowned performers to Cambridge to share insights into the character as well as the challenges of musical performance, explaining not only their own approach to a range of musical masterpieces but also the consequences for listeners of their interpretative choices. These 'behind the scene' observations will be complemented by actual performances, whether in masterclasses, open rehearsals, lecture-recitals or concerts.

Previous Humanitas Visiting Professors in Chamber Music

2013-14: Angela Hewitt (pianist)
2012-13: Robert Levin (pianist and conductor)
2010-11: Alfred Brendel (pianist, music critic, poet and painter)

Standing Committee

John Rink (Music; AHRC Research Centre for Musical Performance as Creative Practice)
Nicholas Cook (Music)   
Iain Fenlon (Music)
Martin Ennis (Music)
Edward Wickham (St Catharine’s College; Music)    
David Mawson (AHRC Research Centre for Musical Performance as Creative Practice)
George Unsworth (West Road Concert Hall)

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