Variations and Variants - "Always the Same?" - A commented conversation concert

The public lecture series "Open BTU" will present itself musically with Professor Wolfgang Glemser on Wednesday, May 25, 2022, at 5:30 p.m. at the Staatstheater Cottbus.

All interested parties are invited to the chamber music hall of the State Theater at Lausitzer Straße 31. With the commented discussion concert of Prof. Wolfgang Glemser, head of the department of piano and piano didactics of the BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg, the participants of the public series experience after a long time again a presence event. Advance registration is not required. Admission is free.

Almost all music - and all music for piano - has to get by with just twelve different notes. Whether pop music, jazz, ancient or modern music, in our cultural circle there have been only this dozen different tones for a little over 300 years. The combination possibilities are therefore limited, but nevertheless very diverse. In this concert, the focus is on the various tactics of the composers, how they could create the greatest possible variety with such limited material. The prelude is formed by two works of the 20th century, which could hardly be more opposite: Glass' "Metamorphosis" and Webern's "Variations op. 27," which mark a maximum of condensation and variety. This is followed by the piece "Prof. Croma" by Volker Freidel and the etude "Mazeppa" by Franz Liszt. The great B minor Sonata by Liszt will conclude the discussion concert. After the concert there will be a moderated exchange with Prof. Glemser.

Date: Wednesday, May 25, 2022, 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Venue: Staatstheater Cottbus, Chamber Music Hall, Lausitzer Strasse 31, 03046 Cottbus

After graduating from high school,Professor Wolfgang Glemser studied music at the Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg and trained as a pianist. After his diploma examination in Freiburg, he completed two postgraduate courses at the Hochschule für Musik in Trossingen, which he successfully completed up to concert maturity. During this time, the pianist won competition prizes in Italy and began to perform regularly in many European countries as well as South Africa, China and Central America. The University of Constance awarded the pianist the Silver Medal of Merit as early as 1994. As a teacher, Wolfgang Glemser worked for three years at the conservatory in Innsbruck, and in 1996 he returned to Germany to a professorship at the then Lausitz University of Music in Cottbus. At the Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg, founded in 2013, where he represents the department of piano and piano didactics, he directed the course of studies in instrumental and vocal pedagogy. Since 2017, Prof. Glemser has been responsible for the certificate program "Artistic Education for Instruments and Singing".

About the lecture series "Open BTU" From April 6 to June 15, 2022, the public online lecture series "Open BTU" offers interesting insights into exciting scientific fields. This semester, the following topics will be covered: Lusatia in Transformation, Foundation and Business Succession, Conversation Concert at the Piano, Cottbus Environment in Structural Change - On the Way to Climate Neutrality. Current research approaches of the BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg are incorporated into the interdisciplinary lectures.

With this educational format, which is open to all interested parties, the university's Center for Continuing Education supports lifelong learning and promotes the transfer of knowledge and ideas in the region by addressing socially relevant issues. In doing so, the BTU cooperates with other universities and institutions. After each lecture, there will be an opportunity for questions and exchange with the speakers. Interested parties are cordially invited to attend the wide range of events.

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Professor Wolfgang Glemser at the piano. Photo: BTU, Elisabeth Helm