Monthly Meeting: February 2021

February 22, 2021

*Meetings will be presented virtually until further notice. Invitations will be sent out via email a few days prior to each meeting.

9:30-10:00 Pre-Meeting Program

Presenter: Eric Sutz
How is Warren Buffet, John Bogle, David Gardner and Peter Lynch like Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, and Debussy?

The names in the title are some of the greatest investors who have ever lived, and they are as well known to educated investors just like the great composers are well known to all of us. You will learn what made each investor different and how to further investigate these styles of investing.  We will talk about different asset classes, sectors within the asset classes, income investing, growth vs. value and much more. I will also share the research processes I follow before I invest in a new security. This subject has been of intense interest to me since I was a teenager, so please join me for this month’s pre-meeting. 

10:00-11:00 Business Meeting

11:00-12:00 Program

Presenter: Svetlana Belsky
Bach’s 18 Little Preludes

Bach’s 18 Little Preludes, too rarely taught and performed, offer an unparalleled window into Bach’s own pedagogy. While Inventions and Sinfonias teach the contrapuntal style and compositional techniques, the Preludes concern themselves with expressive playing. Each one focuses on a specific challenge of technique, touch, style, or character – in a setting so beautiful that the students are meant to enjoy the struggle, as they prepare to tackle the great masterpieces of the Baroque Era.


Critically acclaimed as "a passionate pianist and scholar," Svetlana Belsky is an in-demand recitalist and chamber pianist, noted for her remarkable rapport with audiences and stylistic versatility. She has appeared in Italy, Ukraine, Russia, Poland, China, Taiwan and Hong Kong, and throughout the United States. Dr. Belsky has received awards both for her performances in international piano competitions, and for her advocacy of new American music.

Her recordings have been heard on radio stations worldwide. The American Record Guide hails her CD of the solo version of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring (Centaur, 2014) as an “extraordinary performance.” The album is the recipient of a Global Music Award.

While Svetlana’s musical interests range from performing early Baroque masterpieces on harpsichord to premiering new music commissioned by her chamber ensembles, the love of her musical life is the music and the legacy of Ferruccio Busoni. She is the author of Busoni as Pianist (am annotated translation from the Russian, Eastman Studies in Music, 2010), which had been featured on BBC radio in December 2016. Her most recent CD Busoni: The Late Works (Ravello, 2019) is described as "Marrying awe-inducing technical capabilities to an artistic intuition of mind-boggling depth.”

Following emigration from the Soviet Union, Dr. Belsky studied with Emilio Del Rosario in Chicago. She earned her Bachelor of Music summa cum laude and Master's degrees from the Peabody Conservatory of Music, studying with Ann Schein. Later, she earned her Doctorate in Performance at the Manhattan School of Music, working with Nina Svetlanova. As the Coordinator of Piano Studies at the University of Chicago, Dr. Belsky teaches students from four continents, among many other academic responsibilities.


Feb 22, 2021


9:30 am - 12:00 pm



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