Catherine Kautsky: Debussy’s Paris: Piano Portraits of the Belle Époque
Thursday, August 9
Join author and pianist Catherine Kautsky for a book lecture and piano performance in the Marc Jacobs Reading Room on Thursday, August 9 at 6:00 pm.
Politics, art, literature, not to mention racism, orientalism, and nationalism – a potent mix in fin-de siècle Paris. Come hear how Claude Debussy, who died precisely 100 years ago, combined them all in music whose sheer beauty and elegance belies its revolutionary impact on the new century. Pianist Catherine Kautsky, will speak about her recent book, Debussy’s Paris: Piano Portraits of the Belle Époque. The book was touted by Booklist as a “fascinating fusion of music, literature, and social history… a treat for music lovers, Francophiles, and anyone who appreciates the arts” and by pianist Richard Goode as “a wonderful book, a kind of total immersion in the Debussyan magic.” Catherine will provide music at the keyboard as well as guide us knowledgeably through Paris, “the capital of the nineteenth century,” as it careens into a turbulent modernism.
More about Catherine Kautsky: Pianist Catherine Kautsky has performed and taught on six continents as both a soloist and collaborative artist and appeared in major American halls such as Carnegie Recital Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Jordan Hall, and the Phillips Collection. She has performed with major symphonies such as the St. Louis Symphony and Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra and was lauded by the New York Times as a “pianist who can play Mozart and Schubert as though their sentiments and habits of speech coincided exactly with hers… her music spoke directly to the listener with neither obfuscation nor pretense.” Her recent recording of the Debussy Preludes was commended by Classics Today for its “intelligent and insightful Debussy artistry,” and her earlier recording of music for piano and narrator, featuring Poulenc’s L’Histoire de Babar, Satie’s Sports et Divertissements, and Jon Deak’s Shiver Me Timbers, was praised by Fanfare for its “rhythmic zest… sensitivity and strength.”
Ms. Kautsky is known for her recitals with commentary, presented frequently on public radio and television as well as in concert halls, and she is also a widely published author. Her book, Debussy’s Paris: Piano Portraits of the Belle Époque, was released by Rowman & Littlefield in September, 2017. Ms. Kautsky is the George and Marjorie Olsen Chandler Professor of Music and the Chair of Keyboard at Lawrence University in Appleton, WI and was the winner of the Lawrence University Excellence in Teaching Award as well as the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arts Institute Creative Arts Award, which honored her work on the intersections of literature, music, and social history. She holds degrees from the New England Conservatory, the Juilliard School, and the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where she studied under Gilbert Kalish.
Personal webpage: http://faculty.lawrence.edu/kautskyc/