JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — The Chopin Society of Atlanta will host John Rink, a Cambridge professor of music, for a lecture on Fryderyk Chopin on Sunday, June 30 at 5 p.m.
The event, held at the Johns Creek United Methodist Church is free to attend, though the society asks attendees to RSVP at email@example.com.
The Polish composer Fryderyk Chopin described music as “the indefinite language,” “the manifestation of our feelings through sounds,” and “the expression of our perceptions through sounds.”
His companion, the novelist George Sand, wrote that Chopin “made a single instrument speak a language of infinity. He could often sum up, in ten lines that a child could play, poems of a boundless exaltation, dramas of unequalled power.”
Rink’s talk will probe Chopin’s enduring legacy, illuminating the composer’s unique approach to the piano and demonstrating how we might “translate” his music and hear its inner meaning as if Chopin was speaking directly to us.
Rink is a prize-winning author and expert on many facets of Chopin’s work. He is the professor of musical performance studies at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.
He also served as a member of the jury of the 17th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition held in Warsaw in 2015, and he will return as a jury member for the 18th Competition in 2020.
He regularly performs and teaches throughout the world, with recent masterclasses in Japan, Australia, China and throughout Europe.