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Thursday, March 23 | 7:30 p.m.

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Rob Kapilow: What Makes It Great?® Beethoven’s “Appassionata” Sonata

What makes great music great? Through his entertaining concert presentations, commentaries on NPR’s Performance Today, and CD series, Rob Kapilow has brought the joy and wonder of classical music—and unraveled some of its mysteries—to audiences of all ages and backgrounds. Characterized by his unique ability to create an “aha moment” for his audiences and collaborators, whatever their level of musical understanding, Kapilow brings music into people’s lives: opening new ears to musical experiences and helping people to listen actively rather than just hear.

Combining both performance and engaging commentary from the stage, Kapilow delves into Ludwig van Beethoven’s legendary Piano Sonata no. 23 in F Minor, op. 57 (nicknamed the “Appassionata”), one of the maestro’s most celebrated and technically challenging piano works.

“If you think you don’t like classical music, you haven’t met Rob Kapilow. . . . He’s as lively as a topflight sports announcer and as entertaining as a stand-up comedian. But he’s also got substance in spades.”—Kansas City Star

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