Presented by the Dallas Chamber Music Society in partnership with the Dallas Institute

“For nearly two centuries, a single style of a single composer has epitomized musical vitality, becoming the paradigm of Western compositional logic and of all the positive virtues that music can embody for humanity.  This conviction has proved so strong that it no longer acts as an overt part of our musical consciousness; it is now simply a condition of the way we tend to engage the musical experience.  The values of Beethoven’s heroic style have become the values of music.”  In this class we will study several chamber music works of Ludwig van Beethoven in an effort to understand whether and how, in the 250th anniversary year of his birth, these words by the music theorist Scott Burnham continue to ring true.  What was so different about Beethoven’s music?  Why did he become so prominent?  Does he still matter today?  These and other questions will guide us through a consideration of Beethoven’s music and his legacy.

$90 for class and concert

Class with Prof. Peter Kupfer
Thursdays: October 29, November 5 & 12: 6:30 – 8:30pm
Venue: Online by videoconferencing software

Concert by ATOS Trio
Monday, Nov.16, 2020: 7:30pm
Venue: Caruth Auditorium at SMU and live-streamed


DR. PETER KUPFER is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Musicology at SMU. His Ph.D. is in music history and theory from the University of Chicago.




Thomas Hoppe, piano
Annette von Hehn, violin
Stefan Heinemeyer, cello

“Three voices, one sound: The kind of pitch-perfect unanimity of phrasing, tone, feeling and interpretation that distinguishes the finest chamber ensembles.”
Detroit Free Press, United States

Pianist Thomas Hoppe, violinist Annette von Hehn and cellist Stefan Heinemeyer have been conquering the world’s major concert series together since 2003. Around the globe, the ATOS Trio is hailed by audiences and met with critical acclaim. From winning the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson International Trio Award, the gold-standard prize for trios in the US, to a prestigious recognition as “New Generation Artists” by the BBC. From prizes in London, Graz and Melbourne to concerts in all the major festivals and venues from Oceania to Carnegie Hall. The ATOS Trio pushes expression and dynamics to the limits, with its incredibly distinctive, warmly expressive and extremely unified trio sound, far beyond the comfortable, familiar, and expected.

“They were Austrians in Haydn, Czechs in Dvorak, and Russians in Shostakovich.”
O Estado de Sao Paulo, Brazil

At great venues such as London’s Wigmore Hall, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, the Sala Sao Paulo, Carnegie Hall or the Berlin Philharmonic; at festivals such as City of London, Cheltenham, Budapest Spring Festival and Gilmore Michigan; in performances at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the Rheingau Music Festival, the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, or the Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele.

On enthusiastically received CD recordings of classical and romantic repertoire (Beethoven, Brahms, Schubert, Schumann, Mendelssohn); in complete premiere recordings of Heinrich von Herzogenberg and Josef Suk; and most recently in a celebration of French, Russian and Czech music (The French album, The Russian Album, The Czech Album). Their total dedication to the music, the joy, the almost magically differentiated interpretation set new standards.

“… One of the elite Piano Trios playing before the public today.”
The Washington Post, USA