Calendar of Events
All performances, seminars and activities are open to the public.
Friday, April 28, 2017
Assembly Season 2017
Sunday, June 18 - Sunday, August 13
Boys' and Girls' Club Session
Monday, June 19 - Friday, August 11
Cellist Stefan Koch and Pianist Robert Conway
Cellist Stefan Koch and Pianist Robert Conway will perform the compositions of Viennese composer Richard Stöhr at Voorhies Hall June 4, 1917 at 7 p.m. Last year at Crooked Tree Art Center, the duo performed two works of this unknown composer, augmented with a slide presentation about the composer, his life and music, and life in Vienna prior to World War II. In Bay View, the presentation will include pictures and information about Hugo Gottesmann, longtime member of the Bay View Music Staff. Gottesmann was forced to leave Vienna in 1933 and Stöhr was forced to leave in 1938. Stöhr joined the faculty at Curtis Institute where his students included many great musicians including Leonard Bernstein.
Audiences will be interested in this presentation as Stöhr was one of Hugo Gottesmann’s teachers at the Akademie fϋr Musik in Vienna in 1915. Gottesmann was on the Bay View Music Staff for 28 years from 1942 until 1970. The Gottesmann Student Scholarship Fund was the first Bay View Music Festival Student Scholarship Fund.
The concert is underwritten in memory of Elisabeth and Joseph Weber. Elisabeth was Gottesmann’s niece.
The Cello Sonata in A minor, Op. 49 and the Fantasiestϋcke Op. 17, both by Stöhr have been recorded by Koch and Conway on Toccata Classics and the CD is available online. A recording of Gottesmann Favorite Encores will be available at the Gathering Post in Bay View and all proceeds go to the Hugo Gottesmann Student Scholarship Fund.
American Experience Week
The American Experience week is July 30-August 3. The speaker is Kevin Boyle who is the William Smith Mason Professor of American History at Northwestern University whose book Arc of Justice won the National Book Award for Nonfiction and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for History.
Professor Boyle is currently working on a new book, The Splendid Dead: An American Ordeal, which centers around the story of the infamous anarchists, Sacco and Vanzetti. It is to be published by Houghton Mifflin. He will be discussing the societal impact of the people, places, and events of the 60’s decade.