Symphony Study Series

Fiddler on the Ceiling: The Art of Marc Chagall in Music

This season the Annapolis Symphony is celebrating the 130th birthday of the legendary visual artist and designer, Marc Chagall. Chagall fused his magical vision of fine arts and music with utterly unique paintings and designs for opera houses and theaters worldwide.  This season showcases the works of composers celebrated by Chagall’s radiant artworks.

Winter Session - February 14 & 21, 2017 at 7PM

A Fiddler on the Roof
Lecture 1 - Chagall famously stated, “Neither Imperial Russia, nor the Russia of the Soviets needs me. They don’t understand me. I am a stranger to them…" Even so, he frequently paid homage to the greatest Russian composers through his paintings and theatrical design work. This year the Symphony features several Russian masterworks including Stravinsky’s breathtaking “Firebird” Suite. We explore the complex relationship between Russian music and Chagall’s unique visual representations of it.
Lecture 2 – In honor of Chagall’s legendary fiddler, we’re excited to present three of the world’s greatest violin concertos by Brahms, Beethoven and Barber. What did the violin symbolize for Chagall and how can we relate his delicate fantastical visions to these large-scale concert works?
Spring Session - April 18 & 25, 2017 at 7PM
Listening in Paris
Chagall was constantly drawn to the cultural vibrancy of Paris and eventually found great success there. However, La Belle France has had a rocky relationship with many of the composers featured in our season. Gluck, Beethoven, Wagner, all created controversy with their powerful statements. Also, until well into the 19th century, Parisian audiences had spectacularly bad concert manners and spent most concerts eating, chatting and arranging marriages! We’ll enjoy some deliciously bad reviews and the happy benefit of hindsight. But without it, would we have been this wise and far-seeing?

Each Session is $40 - Space is Limited! Enroll today!

All sessions are held at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts.