Piano Talks Archive

Since 2017, the Ross McKee Foundation has produced the Piano Talks series, which explores the richness of the piano repertoire through performance and discussion. Many of the events can be watched on YouTube through the links given below.

September 2020

Wednesday, 30 September, 2020 | 7:00 PM

Sarah Cahill

Challenging the Canon

An influential exponent of diversity in programming, Cahill reveals bias in the standard repertoire through side-by-side comparisons of works written by women and men.

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October 2020

Tuesday, 27 October, 2020 | 7:00 PM

Peter Susskind

The Russian Tradition

Peter Susskind spotlights the great Russian piano teachers of the 19th century and their students right up to the mid 20th century.

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November 2020

Tuesday, 24 November, 2020 | 7:00 PM

Dr. Carl Blake

Jazzed Classics

Dr. Carl Blake showcases several compositions representing the wide range of composers who draw upon Black cultural and musical traditions.

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December 2020

Tuesday, 29 December, 2020 | 7:00 PM

Teddy Abrams

Be Embraced: The Struggle and Transcendence of Beethoven

In honor of Beethoven’s 250th birthday celebration this month, Teddy Abrams provides insights on Beethoven’s life and why his works remain so popular today.

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February 2021

Friday, 26 February, 2021 | 5:00 PM

Mark Ainley

An Introduction to Historical Piano Recordings

Author of the popular Facebook group The Piano Files, Mark Ainley shares recordings by golden-age pianists Lipatti, Hoffman, Friedman and more.

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March 2021

Friday, 26 March, 2021 | 5:00 PM

Gilbert Kalish

Year of Transformation

A conversation with Gilbert Kalish and his former student Elizabeth Dorman.

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April 2021

Friday, 30 April, 2021 | 5:00 PM

Christina Dahl

In the Orbit of the Schumanns

Pianist Christina Dahl shows how a circle of illustrious composers and performers influenced each others’ works and 19th century musical culture.

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July 2021

Friday, 30 July, 2021 | 5:00 PM

Scott Foglesong

Elder Pianists

They’re our direct connection to the 19th century, pianists for whom Romanticism was not in the past tense, and who left us priceless recordings of their inimitable art. The technology may have been primitive, but their pianism was not.

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August 2021

Friday, 13 August, 2021 | 5:00 PM

Jeffrey LaDeur

Concert Confidential: Tragicomic Escapades of a Concert Pianist

LaDeur shares an evening of powerful moments on stage, big personalities (grands personnages), humbling mishaps, and the poignant complexities of a life in music.

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