What Makes it Great? – Beethoven’s Appassionata Sonata

Sunday, January 12, 2020 | 3:30pm

What makes great music great? Rob Kapilow takes listeners inside the music: he unravels, slows down, and recomposes key passages to hear why a piece is so extraordinary. “Not since the late Leonard Bernstein has classical music had a combination salesman-teacher as irresistible as Kapilow…. He’s as lively as a top-flight sports announcer and as entertaining as a stand-up comedian. But he’s also got substance in spades.”

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After an in-depth look at what makes the Appassionata Sonata so timeless and exceptional, pianist extraordinaire, Katherine Dowling will perform the work which is one of Beethoven’s greatest and most technically challenging and tempestuous piano sonatas.

“Rob Kapilow, classical music’s greatest evangelist…”

– Boston Herald

“Katherine Dowling – “crystalline performances, gestural expressiveness, and careful attention to color.”

– New York Times