Music at Emory and the Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta continue
their presentation of the entire cycle of Beethovens 32 piano sonatas
in eight recitals by noted pianists from around the world with a performance
by the Universitys own William Ransom, Nov. 16 at 8:15 p.m. in the
Performing Arts Studio.
Each concert in the series is preceded by a lecture setting that evenings
program in the context of Beethovens life and career. The Nov. 16
lecture will be delivered by Bill McGlaughlin, host of Minnesota Public
Radios St. Paul Sunday. The lecture will begin at 7:15
p.m., with the performance to follow one hour later.
Featured at this performance will be sonata No. 25, in G Major, Op. 79
(1809); No. 21, in C Major, Op. 53 (Waldstein, 1804); No.
30, in E Major, Op. 109 (1820); and No. 23, in F minor, Op. 57 (Appassionata,
1805). Created over the span of his lifetime (17701827), Beethovens
sonatas for piano include some of his earliest and some of his lastest
The 32 pieces express the joy and suffering, sensuality and spirituality
that make Beethoven one of the most enduring and popular composers of
all time, said Ransom, the series organizer as well as Mary Emerson
Professor of Music and artistic director of the Emory Chamber Music Society.
According to Ransom, having eight different artists perform the cycle
will provide different perspectives on the body of music. This is
one of the most exciting projects I have been involved in, he said,
and I am thrilled to be able to put it together for Atlanta.
Ransom has performed around the world in recital, as a soloist with orchestras
and as a chamber musician. He studied piano with William Masselos at the
Juilliard School and also has worked with Theodore Lettvin and Gaby Casadesus.
He has collaborated with Yo-Yo Ma, Steven Isserlis and members of the
Tokyo, Cleveland and Lark string quartets.
Ransom had his Carnegie Hall debut in the spring with poet John Stone,
formerly dean of admissions for the School of Medicine. Ransom also serves
as artistic director of the Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival
in Highlands, N.C., and a faculty member of the Kamisaibara Pianists Camp
The series is sponsored by the Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta
and the Steinway Piano Galleries, and its performances are being recorded
for future broadcast on WABE, 90.1 FM.
General admission tickets are $15 each. For information or to order tickets,
call the Arts at Emory box office at 404-727-5050 or e-mail email@example.com.