COLONIAL CAFE Presents “Wednesdays @One”
2020 marks the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven, widely regarded as the most influential composer of Western music. He inherited the Viennese classical style of Haydn and Mozart and infused its forms and genres with new and breathtaking innovations, which profoundly impacted the musicians of his time all of the generations that followed.
In “Beethoven @250,” Andrew Lewis offers a lecture and listening session that explores what made Beethoven so great, and examines how and why his influence still resonates across the centuries to the present day.
Please note: This and all “Wednesdays @One” events are open to the public and presented free of charge, thanks to the generous support of Colonial Cafe.
Recently profiled by John von Rhein in the Chicago Tribune as “the inspiring conductor, scholar, and educator,” Andrew Lewis is Artistic Director of Bella Voce and the Bella Voce Sinfonia, Music Director of the Elgin Master Chorale, Choirmaster at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Evanston, artistic director of Opus 327 NFP, a member of the faculty at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and is assistant conductor of the Chicago Symphony Chorus. He has been a guest conductor with the Milwaukee Symphony Chorus and has appeared on several occasions as a guest conductor with the Elgin Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Lewis’s performances with Bella Voce and the Elgin Master Chorale & Elgin Symphony have been broadcast nationally on WFMT 98.7.
Mr. Lewis attended Northwestern University, receiving his Bachelor of Music degree in music theory. While a student at Northwestern he received a scholarship to observe the rehearsals of Daniel Barenboim and Asher Fisch at the Staatsoper-Unter-den-Linden, Berlin. After college he moved to California, worked as a church musician, and was an original member of the Philharmonia Baroque Chorale of San Francisco, having sung with Baroque specialists Nicholas McGegan and John Butt. He then attended the Eastman School of Music to study choral, orchestral, and operatic conducting with William Weinert and orchestral conducting with David Effron, receiving his Master of Music degree.
Mr. Lewis has also studied with conductors Helmuth Rilling, Robert Shaw, Robert Spano, James Paul, Gustav Meier, Stephen Cleobury, Duain Wolfe, and Dale Warland in the United States and Michel Tapachnik in Copenhagen, Denmark.