Pianist Jonathan Biss leads an exploration of the “late style,” that mystical period when composers look to their life’s experiences, acquired knowledge, and perhaps imminent mortality, whether overtly or subconsciously. It’s a time when composers can become fixated with death or embrace a childlike innocence. Works from a master’s “late style” might be startlingly complex or tightly constructed distillations of a life’s work. In three fascinating concerts, Biss and close colleagues perform music that spans the late Renaissance to the present day, revealing the different ways composers create at their career’s end.
To complement this series of concerts, Jonathan Biss also leads two master classes, offering six young artists a chance to delve into the late solo works of Beethoven, Brahms, and Schubert. Following the master classes, participants give an intimate free performance in the Resnick Education Wing.