Monthly Meeting: March 2021

March 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: Heidi Mayer
Virtual group lesson presentation and discussion

Do you have some favorite activities for your virtual group lessons? If so, please be ready to share your ideas with the group in the pre-meeting discussion. Please let me know what you would like to present/discuss, so that I can organize the presentations. Don’t be shy! We need all the ideas we can get!

Please have a second device handy so that you can participate in a certain game I plan to present!

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10:00-11:00 Business Meeting

11:00-12:00 Program

Presenter: Matthew Hagle
Looking back at the future: teaching, playing, and listening to the great piano pieces of the late 20th century

The piano music of 1950 and after presents great challenges to us as teachers, but can also offer great musical rewards. How can we bridge the gap? In this presentation, I will suggest some pieces, and some approaches, that might be useful to teachers and students wanting to approach this “difficult” music. I’ll be pairing pieces for students to learn with concert-level pieces that they might want to listen to or learn about, and giving performances of both. The pieces will be by Messiaen, Ligeti, Ives and Rzewski. I hope to see you there! 


Pianist Matthew Hagle's performances are often noted for their musical understanding, imaginative programming, and beauty of sound. Mr Hagle has been heard in concert halls throughout the United States, including the National Gallery of Art, Symphony Space and Lincoln Center in New York, and at the United States Supreme Court, as well as venues in England, Canada, Brazil, Australia and Japan. A resident of the Chicago area, he has performed there at the Ravinia Festival, at Symphony Center, and the Chicago Cultural Center. In the Chicago area, Mr. Hagle also has been heard frequently on radio station WFMT in Chicago, where he has performed the cycle of all of Beethoven’s 32 piano sonatas live over several recitals, and is presently in the middle of performing all of Brahms’s late piano works, with other pieces. He is valued as a collaborator by many artists and for many years, he has been the principal recital partner of violinist Rachel Barton Pine, with whom he has released three albums on the Cedille label. He also frequently performs chamber music as a piano duo with his wife Mio Isoda-Hagle and with members of the Chicago Symphony. Mr. Hagle is a dedicated teacher of piano, music theory, and composition, whose students have won high honors in local and national competitions. He is currently on the faculty of the Music Institute of Chicago, where he is director of the Musicianship program in addition to his teaching duties. In his spare time he likes to read on a variety of subjects, to spend time with his family, and to try and learn languages.


Mar 22, 2021


9:30 am - 12:00 pm



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