Friends of Stony Stratford Library - The American Chopin: Louis Gottschalk Talk
Venue: Stony Stratford Library, 5-7 Church Street, Stony Stratford
Date: 17 Jul 2019
The American Chopin: The Extraordinary Life and Music of Louis Moreau Gottschalk - A talk by Joe Laredo.
Hailed by Chopin as 'The King of Pianists', Louis Moreau Gottschalk (1829-1869) was the first American composer to write distinctively American music. In his short but eventful life he travelled throughout Western Europe and North and South America, giving concerts in the most unlikely places - and in the midst of the American Civil War - and writing about his experiences and impressions with engaging wit and insight. Joe Laredo will bring the man and his music to life, with extracts from his notebooks and recordings of some of his compositions.
Joe Laredo is a resident of Stony Stratford and a keen amateur pianist. He performs regularly at St Mary and St Giles Church, as both soloist and accompanist. His musical interests are wide-ranging, from Bach to Bolcom via Cole Porter and Flanders & Swann. He has written numerous articles on music and given talks about translating from French, which is what he does for a living.
Tickets for Joe's talk will be available at the Library (tel. 01908-562562) from Wednesday 26 June. There is no charge for tickets, but FoSSL is grateful for donations to cover costs and to support activities at the Library.
As always, wine, fruit juice and home-made cakes will be served after the talk.