Public invited to observe master classes

Mason Gross welcomes the public to observe a lineup of master classes throughout the fall 2017 semester. The schedule features international teaching artists and Mason Gross students. Master classes (and companion recitals) are free and open to the public—no tickets are required.

The series kicks off Monday, September 25, with a master class by celebrated vioilinist Robert McDuffie (schedule and details below).

“Master classes give the public a real glimpse of what it is like to refine and master a piece of music,” says Min Kwon, piano professor at Mason Gross.

“It’s a process of discovery, and it’s fascinating to observe. When we go to see a movie, we only see the result,” Kwon continues. “We can only imagine how many edits were made. In a master class, audiences get to watch a work in progress in young people’s hands, minds, and hearts. They see an artist-in-the-making with the help of another artist.” 

Check back for updates throughout the year!

Spring 2018 Master Classes

Brass conducted by U.S. Army Band
Wednesday, February 7, 2018, 5:45 p.m.
Observe Rutgers students in a master class led by the U.S. Army Band.

Nicholas Music Center

Clarinet conducted by Aude Camus
Friday, March 30, 2018
Master class: 4 p.m.
Recital: 7:30 p.m.
French masterworks including Jacques Castérède’s Sonata for Clarinet; Ernest Chausson’s “Andante et Allegro”; Olivier Messiaen’s “‘Abîme des oiseaux’ from Quatuor pour La Fin du Temps”; Henri Rabaud’s “Solo de Concours”; Camille Saint-Saëns’s Clarinet Sonata, Op. 167.

Schare Recital Hall (Marryott Music Building)*

Fall 2017 Master Classes

Violin conducted by Robert McDuffie
Monday, September 25, 2017
Master class: 10–11:30 a.m.
Performance and presentation: 12:30–2 p.m.
Grammy-nominated violinist, Robert McDuffie, holds the Robert McDuffie Violin Faculty Chair at the Aspen Music Festival and School and is the founder of both the Rome Chamber Music Festival in Italy and the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings at Mercer University.

Nicholas Music Center

Piano conducted by John Perry
Wednesday, September 27, 2017, 10 a.m.–12 p.m.
Master class with the newly appointed Henry Rutgers Term Chair in Piano, who will work with and coach Mason Gross piano students.

Schare Recital Hall (Marryott Music Building)*

Piano conducted by Leif Ove Andsnes
Monday, October 16, 2017

Master class: 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Performance and presentation: 12:30–2 p.m.
Recital, master class, and Q&A with the renowned Norwegian performer and New York Philharmonic 2017–2018 artist-in-residence.
Nicholas Music Center

Voice conducted by James Morris (pictured at right)
Friday, November 10, 2017, 6 p.m.
Bass-baritone James Morris has performed at the Metropolitan Opera, Vienna State Opera, Bavarian State Opera, Munich, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and San Francisco Opera, among others. In the 2017–18 season, Morris returns to the Metropolitan Opera for Timur in Turandot and will make his Opera Theatre of Saint Louis debut singing Ben in Marc Blitzstein's Regina in a new production by James Robinson and conducted by Stephen Lord.

Shindell Choral Hall (Mortensen Hall)

Harp conducted by Robbin Cartier
Sunday, November 19, 2017, 5–9 p.m.

Harp ensemble workshop with Robbin Cartier.
Rehearsal Hall 104

Piano conducted by Jason Moran

Monday December 11, 12:35-1:55 p.m.
A lecture, performance, and presentation by Jason Moran, jazz pianist, composer, McArthur fellow, and artistic director of Kennedy Center Jazz and the Park Armory Concerts.
Nicholas Music Center

Posted September 2017


*This is not a handicap-accessible venue.