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Music to Engage, Ignite, Inspire! [Online Course]

Dec 28-30, 2021

An Online Course with Karl Middleman*
7:30pm-9:00pm Eastern Time (US & Canada) via Zoom.

Basic Cost: $125
Subsidized Cost: $100
Plus Cost: $150

If you are seeking financial assistance to participate in this program, please click on the link for our Financial Assistance Application form, below. Do NOT register online.

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610-566-4507, ext. 137

*This virtual stand-alone program welcomes remote participants to learn in tandem with Karl Middleman’s in-person New Year’s program, Music of Vision and Inspiration.

Lord Byron wrote, “There’s music in all things, if men had ears: Their earth is but an echo of the spheres.” The English romantic poet reminds us of music’s intangible riches; whether music soothes the spirit or kindles inspiration, it touches us all in unique ways. Now, as we come out of the darkest period of winter, “Music to Engage, Ignite, Inspire!” is designed to revitalize us for the year ahead.

This three-part online course will draw upon nearly a thousand years of exhilarating music by composers whose visions rose above the constraints of their times. Here is Twelfth Century abbess Hildegard von Bingen, recognized in her own time as a prophet but limited by the confines of her monastery, pointing out the uplifting power of kinship. Here is medieval composer Guillaume de Machaut, a survivor of plague and war, writing on the eternity of life. Here is soprano Leontyne Price overcoming racial barriers, plowing new ground for future generations of Black singers. During this period of the pandemic, music’s power to lead us to rapture is more important than ever. Join us via Zoom for a bountiful experience as we listen, discuss, and engage with the transportive power of music.

"Prima Donna/Volume 4" by Leontyne Price (album cover)


A veteran of many years with Pendle Hill, Karl Middleman has been hailed for the easy ways his presentations mix scholarship with showmanship. Karl has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage, and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. He has lectured for the Philadelphia Orchestra over 50 times. For his work as a symphony conductor, he has been cited in 19th Century Music and Philadelphia Magazine, twice winning the Best in Philly Award. His television production on Dvorak’s New World Symphony was broadcast as part of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council “Humanities on the Road” television series. He teaches at Temple University and the Chautauqua Festival Summer Institute.

Financial aid may be available. If you are seeking funds to participate in this program, click to review and complete our Financial Assistance Application and a Pendle Hill staff member will follow-up with you shortly (please do NOT register online). Thank you for your interest.

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