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UMS in the Classroom: Maxim Vengerov, violin

By UMS Lobby

Interested in using a UMS performance in your university classroom? For each performance on the season, we provide suggested curricular connections, links to contextual material online, citations for scholarly material, and prompts for classroom discussion. For additional resources and individualized curricular support, please contact Shannon Fitzsimons Moen, UMS Campus Engagement Specialist, at skfitz@umich.edu or (734) 764-3903.

UMS is also committed to making our performances an affordable part of the academic experience. Our Classroom Ticket Program provides $15 tickets to students and faculty for performances that are a course requirement. Please email umsclasstickets@umich.edu to set up a group order.

Connect:

This performance may connect meaningfully with courses in the following schools and disciplines:

  • Communication Studies
  • Comparative Literature
  • Germanic Languages and Literatures
  • Russian, Eastern European and Eurasian Studies
  • Slavic Languages and Literatures
  • History
  • Political Science
  • Composition
  • Music Education
  • Musicology
  • Strings
  • Public Policy

Explore:

  • Vengerov sits for an extended interview on his multifaceted career with Violinist.com.
  • Vengerov is the subject of the 2007 documentary Living the Dream (directed by Ken Howard).

Reflect:

  • This concert program includes four Violin sonatas by composers from the 19th and 20th centuries. What is a Sonata? As a musical form how has it evolved over time? What musical characteristics do you hear changing from the Beethoven to the Ravel and Ysaye?
  • Heinrich Ernst’s Theme and Variations on “The Last Rose of Summer”, based on the eponymous work by Irish poet Thomas Moore is one of more than a dozen musical settings of the poem by composers from Beethoven to Benjamin Britten. What elements of this poem translate to Ernst’s musical setting? Why did so many composers from the 19th and 20th century choose to set this poem to music? Read the poem here.

Share your thoughts!