CUSO Music Director and Conductor Stephen Alltop has engaged our community in the concert hall and in the classroom. “From the Maestro” is the virtual venue where Stephen continues to share his passion for music in special video presentations. Known for his entertaining and informative talks, Stephen shares a deep knowledge and insight into the composers and their music.
Lecture in Place 1: ANTONIO VIVALDI
Stephen delves into the life and music of one of the greatest Baroque composers, Antonio Vivaldi.
Lecture in Place 2: “FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN, POET OF THE PIANO”
Discover how Frédéric Chopin elevated piano performance and composition to new heights, in this lecture that includes performances of Chopin’s music by soprano Josefien Stoppelenburg and keyboardists Stephen Alltop and Paula Fruitman Stoppelenburg.
Lecture in Place 3: “LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN, HEROIC GENIUS”
Learn how Beethoven changed the course of music in this intimate portrait of the composer’s life and musical achievements. Stephen performs several works by Beethoven and also demonstrates the musical innovations in the composer’s symphonies.