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A Touch of Classical

In A Touch of Classical, Juilliard trained pianist Beth Sussman takes students on a journey around the world with classical music. Her program begins with famous classical music compositions that audiences recognize from cartoons, commercials, movies and video games. Students participate throughout the performance as they imagine what the mischievous “Little Troll” is up to in a humorous piece by Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg, guess how many notes she plays in a brilliantly fast piece by Brazilian composer Hector Villa-Lobos, and marvel as she performs a work by Mexican composer Manuel Ponce which is for the left hand alone. Students also learn the rhythm and dance of the Juba Dance by African-American composer Nathaniel Dett and use Italian musical terms to help her interpret a piece by Hungarian composer Bela Bartok.  The performance ends with Beth’s own composition, “The Wizard” which is a dazzling piece inspired by “The Wizard of Oz.”  

By the age of 21, pianist Beth Sussman received her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from The Juilliard School where she was granted a full scholarship.  Performing highlights include solo recitals at Lincoln Center, The Ravinia Festival (summer home of the Chicago Symphony), The Chautauqua Music Festival and Segerstrom Center for the Arts. As a composer, her music has been heard at New York’s City Hall, on a short film on HBO, and on an episode of the Fox sitcom “Greg the Bunny.” She was featured on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams as one of several volunteers who brings the arts to abused children.  In 1997, a television pilot loosely based on her life was executive produced by Kelsey Grammer for Paramount Pictures Television. 

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