Concert Talks

There are currently no concert talks scheduled for the 2021-2022 Season due to continued COVID-19 safety precautions. Please check back frequently for updates.


Interested in increasing your knowledge of the music to be performed at your next classical music concert?

Join us for an informative Concert Talk 45 minutes prior to each concert. Special guest speakers from the UConn School of Music will comment on the pieces to be performed and offer historical context and insight into the composers and music on the program during these informal "behind the scenes" talks.

Program notes are included in the playbill you will receive from the ushers upon entering the concert hall.

Jorgensen Concert Talks are FREE and open to all concert ticket holders.



Dr. Heather de Savage

Heather de Savage is Adjunct Professor in Music at UConn, where she completed her Ph.D. in Music History and Theory in 2015 with a dissertation on Gabriel Fauré's American reception. As an undergraduate she majored in vocal performance at the Eastman School of Music, and has been active as a performer and studio teacher. She has presented her research at conferences throughout the United States, and has published on a variety of topics in peer-reviewed journals. An avid classroom instructor, Dr. de Savage has taught numerous courses through the Department of Music, and is the 2017 recipient of the Outstanding Adjunct Award from the School of Fine Arts. She extends her commitment to teaching to the greater UConn community through regular concert talks at the Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts, and specially-designed classes at the Center for Learning in Retirment. Read more about Dr. de Savage .


Dr. Eric Rice

Musicologist and conductor Eric Rice is a specialist in the history and performance of music composed before 1750. He is Head of the Music Department at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in music history, notation, and historical performance, and he also serves as a member of the Medieval Studies faculty. He demonstrates the relationship between scholarship and performance as director of the University of Connecticut Collegium Musicum. In his scholarship, Rice focuses primarily on medieval and Renaissance music of the Western liturgy and its relationship to architecture, politics, and secular music. His articles have appeared in Current Musicology, the Journal of Musicological Research, the Revue de Musicologie, and Viator. He has received fellowships from the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to pursue archival research at churches in Germany and France. He is the author of Music and Ritual at Charlemagne's Marienkirche in Aachen (Merseburger Verlag, 2009) and co-editor of Young Choristers, 650-1700 (Boydell & Brewer, 2008), the first scholarly volume dedicated to the history of professional child singers. Read more about Dr. Rice


Dr. Glenn Stanley

Glenn Stanley is a music historian specializing in the music of the classic and romantic periods in German-speaking Europe. He has published extensively in American, British, and German journals and books with special emphasis on Beethoven. He also writes on questions of aesthetics, methodology, and music criticism and contributed three articles to the revised New Grove Dictionary of Music ad Musicians in these areas. He edited volumes 3 and 7 of Beethoven Forum, a scholarly yearbook, and also edited the Cambridge Companion to Beethoven. He was the book-review editor for 19th-century music and a member of the editorial boards of Beethoven Forum and the Journal of the American Musicological Society. He was editor of the College Music Symposium 2008-2013. Read more about Dr. Stanley