Our FREE monthly lecture series dives into the world of music. This series of discussions brings you closer to the music with a different topic each month. Each topic and speaker is chosen to specifically enhance our MasterWorks concert series. The atmosphere is casual and engaging.

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Art of the Soloist: Friends or Foes? The Musical Synergy between Orchestra and Soloist

April 12, 2021

What does it mean to be a soloist? This is a question that has a more convoluted answer than one may think. In this ConverZation, we will learn the good and the bad of soloist playing while learning the history of the concerto and other types of soloistic playing. What is different when playing a concerto than other types of classical playing and how can a soloist and orchestra come together to create their art?


Currently a professor of music at the University of Mount Union, pianist Dr. Maira Liliestedt has piano degrees from Bowling Green State University and the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music. An active performer and teacher, and twice the recipient of the prestigious Presser Music Award, she is a regular solo and chamber pianist and concerto soloist. Her Appassionata Piano Duo with Janelle Phinney has garnered praise for “flawless, often fiery technique,” and “terrific collaboration full of grace and passion.” Liliestedt has presented solo and chamber recitals at many universities in the Midwest and abroad, as well as duo and solo concerto performances. Her most recent engagements include orchestral collaboration on Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, Appassionata Piano Duo work on Brahms’s complete Hungarian Dances, and upcoming solo recitals featuring chamber-versions of Chopin’s E Minor Concerto. She documents her journey to the performances of the Chopin concerto in the below video series.
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