Catherine Kautsky, Professor of Music and Chair of Keyboard Studies at Lawrence University, has concertized throughout the United States and abroad, appearing in venues such as Alice Tully Hall and Carnegie Recital Hall in New York, Jordan Hall and the Gardner Museum in Boston, the Phillips Collection in Washington D.C., and the Cultural Center in Chicago. She has soloed with the St. Louis Symphony, Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra, and Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, performed chamber music at Aspen and Tanglewood, and appeared frequently on public radio. While teaching at UW-Madison, she was awarded the prestigious Arts Institute Creative Arts Award for her work connecting music with other disciplines, particularly literature. Ms. Kautsky has traveled widely, performing in France, England, Italy, Spain, China, Korea, Brazil, Australia, and South Africa. Her articles have appeared in Clavier, American Music Teacher, and International Piano, and she is a frequent presenter at the Music Teachers National Association and other national conferences. Her CD of music for piano and narrator, in which she both performs and speaks, was issued by Vox Classics, and her CD of the complete Debussy Preludes was released by Centaur in Sept., 2014 and lauded as “intelligent and insightful Debussy artistry” that “brings out all the power, majesty, and mystery of Debussy’s conception.” She is currently writing a book on the social history of Debussy’s piano music.
Ms. Kautsky holds a bachelor’s degree from the New England Conservatory, a master’s from the Juilliard School, and a doctorate from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where she studied under Gilbert Kalish. Following her New York debut, the New York Times called her “a pianist who can play Mozart and Schubert as though their sentiments and habits of speech coincided exactly with hers...She gave these pieces nuances that made them meaningful on a human everyday level. The music spoke directly to the listener, with neither obfuscation nor pretense.”
Ms. Kautsky will perform at Oak Park Temple on April 25, 2015.
Dr. Gary P. Zola is the Executive Director of The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives and Professor of the American Jewish Experience at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Cincinnati, Ohio.
Dr. Gary Zola spoke at Oak Park Temple on December 5, 2014.
Israeli superstar David Broza has been considered one of the most dynamic and vibrant performers in the singer/songwriter world.
More than a singer/songwriter, David Broza is also well known for his commitment and dedication to several humanitarian causes, predominantly, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Broza was awarded a Spanish royal medal of honor, by the King of Spain, Juan Carlos I, for his longtime contribution to Israel-Spain relations and his promotion of tolerance.
David Broza performed at Oak Park Temple on November 1, 2014