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What Makes it Great?

Beethoven, the Pandemic & the Power of Connection

Rob Kapilow "is a winning combination of Leonard Bernstein and Bill Nye the Science Guy, an infectiously enthusiastic explainer of the inner mechanical workings of music, that most abstract of all arts."  - New York Times (read the review)

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Addressing themes that are strikingly resonant today, this new trio of What Makes It Great? performances explores three of Beethoven’s best-known masterworks through the lens of isolation and the need for connection: The Appassionata Sonata, the Kreutzer Sonata and the Archduke Trio. They feature exceptional performances from leading interpreters of the classical repertoire: the “brilliant pianist” Orli Shaham (New York Times); Grammy-nominated violinist Jesse Mills & Rieko Aizawa, “a pianist of extraordinary refinement and vitality” (Cleveland Plain Dealer); and the Horszowski Trio, “the most compelling American group to come on the scene” (The New Yorker).

Listen to iconic masterpieces with new ears as NPR & PBS music commentator, conductor, composer, author and pianist Rob Kapilow shows you what you've been missing! Characterized by his unique ability to create an “aha” moment for his audiences and collaborators, whatever their level of musical sophistication, Kapilow’s work brings music into people’s lives, opening new ears to musical experiences and helping people to listen actively rather than just hear. Rob Kapilow reveals the origins of What Makes It Great?

All Fall 2020 Kaufman Music Center performances are online, filmed in safe, socially distanced locations observing health and safety protocols, and streamed to the safety of your home.