Lecture at Central School in NJ (Feb. 22, 2013)

Enthu­si­as­tic students!

Once again, my fre­quent col­lab­o­ra­tor, Emily Thomp­son, asked me to lec­ture to her class of young­sters at the school where she teaches: Cen­tral School in East Hanover, NJ. I went on Feb­ru­ary 22, 2013 and arrived spoke to 5 dif­fer­ent classes through­out the day.

The lec­ture is about how inter­dis­ci­pli­nary think­ing can lead to more cre­ativ­ity. I present the exam­ple of mix­ing lit­er­a­ture and music, draw­ing con­nec­tions between hero mythol­ogy and Beethoven’s music.

The Beethoven image on the wall reads: “Beethoven: Why is he inter­ested in being a roman­tic hero? What is his famous prob­lem?” Some­times the kids get it right away — he was deaf! But some­times I hear “He was grumpy because he asked three women to marry him and they all said no.” Hmm, I won­der what movie that is from?

Here is a pic­ture from the day, but unfor­tu­nately I was cropped out!

About Richard D. Russell

This was written by Richard D. Russell, New York City based composer of fine music.