The Symphonies by Beethoven – the Universe in Music

  • October 21, 2019
  • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Aurora Cultural Centre


Rick Phillips

Rick Phillips is a busy broadcaster, podcaster, freelance writer and reviewer, panel moderator, lecturer, consultant, concert host and music tour guide. He presents a variety of Music History & Appreciation courses at such venues as the University of Toronto, York University, the Royal Conservatory of Music and George Brown College. Often a juror in the classical music categories for the Juno Awards, he is the author of “The Essential Classical Recordings – 101 CDs,” published by McClelland & Stewart.

From 1994 to 2008, Rick was the Host and Producer of SOUND ADVICE, the weekly guide to classical music and recordings, heard across Canada on both CBC Radio One and Radio Two every weekend. Affiliated with the CBC for 30 years, working in Montreal, Edmonton, Calgary and Toronto, his career spanned production to management to on-air. He holds a B. Mus. from McGill University and a M. Mus. from the University of Toronto.

The Symphonies by Beethoven – the Universe in Music

Beethoven (1770-1827) once said, “Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.” That belief is perhaps no better illustrated than in his nine symphonies. They are the most famous and frequently-performed symphonies ever composed - often likened to other great masterpieces of art, such as the plays of Shakespeare or the sculpture of Michelangelo. But what makes them so legendary, and what can they express and communicate to us today, in our busy, hectic lives, two hundred years later?

In this lecture/demonstration, we’ll look into Beethoven’s life and times, their impact on him and his art, and his powerful skills and methods of musical communication and expression through his wonderful world of the symphony.


This event is part of the Fall  2019 Speaker series. Register for the Fall 2019 Event Series.

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