Fridays at 10am, Jan 24 - Feb 14

What were some of the folk music influences on Modest Mussorgsky’s compositional style? Who guided him along his path to writing his earliest works? Why were Victor Hartmann’s works so influential as to inspire Mussorgsky to write Pictures for piano, and why did Ravel choose to orchestrate? Join Nathan Botts from the Musical Instrument Museum for Musicfest U, part of our Lectures on Music series, to explore these questions and more.

Mr. Botts will guide participants through listening examples, activities to understand how the piece is constructed and will share anecdotes from the composer’s life to illuminate this masterwork. Join us for these informative and exciting sessions!

Participants are highly encouraged, though not required, to attend all four sessions, and we request interested participants to RSVP to help us properly set up the class space.

Please contact Ben Baer, Manager of Education, Youth Performance, and Community Programming at with questions.

Dr. Nathan Botts