They are known as the biggest musical geniuses of all time. Centuries after their death, scholars are still studying their compositions, musicians are still learning their music. But who were these men? What did people think of them when they were alive? And what inspired them so much that they were driven to write music that seems to have made them immortal?
The Men Behind the Music is a concert production created by Yale-educated flutist Haley Rempel, who is inspired by the possibility of creating a new way for audiences to experience classical music. Film segments are used instead of program notes to introduce audiences to the world in which some of the most famous classical pieces were written, giving audiences a glimpse into the dramatic and often surprising history behind the music that will be performed.
"I remember sitting in an orchestra rehearsal at Yale. We were preparing for a concert and the conductor took some time to talk to us about the music. He told us about the composer's personality, the inspiration behind the music, and other background information that made us see the music in a totally new way, giving it more meaning. When concert night came and I sat there onstage, I couldn't help but be disappointed that the audience didn't know any of the information that we had been told a few days earlier. None of this information was in the program notes. This instilled in me a longing to share these stories with my audience - I want them to see the music as I do.
Behind every piece of classical music is a story of someone who was inspired by people, emotions and the world in which they lived."
About Haley Rempel, Artistic Director
Haley Rempel holds degrees from McGill University and Yale University. She has been a freelance flutist in southern California, Connecticut, Montreal and Winnipeg.
As a music student, Haley spent years studying music history and the lives of composers. As she learned more and more, she discovered that the lives and personalities of these men were fascinating and sometimes downright shocking.
When talking to audience members after her performances, she began sharing these kinds of stories. What she found was that people became so much more interested once they knew the stories behind the music. It changed the way they saw the music. Haley loved it.
But why share these stories with only a select few? Wouldn't it be great to share these stories during the concert itself?
After a lot of reading and research, Haley began writing the script for film segments that would tell the real-life stories of the people behind the music. Film, she thought, would be a dramatic and exciting way to portray these fascinating stories.
In 2010, Haley was invited to the National Flute Association convention in Anaheim, California in order to participate in a mini-conference on innovative projects in music and presented her project to an enthusiastic audience.
After years of hard work, Haley is thrilled to announce the project's premiere performance in June 2011.
For more information on Haley, please visit haleyrempel.com.