Linda Shaver-Gleason, Ph.D. Musicologist, Writer, Program Annotator, Teacher

Talks and Presentations

Pre-Concert Talks

Classical music audiences are intellectually curious. Whether hearing a piece for the first time or the fiftieth, they always seek to learn something new from their experience. Pre-concert talks create the ideal environment for engaging listeners with the music they're about to hear, providing an intimate, interactive experience. A well-crafted presentation can help make music accessible to the newest listener and reveal new facets to seasoned veterans.

In her pre-concert talks, Linda guides the audience through historical context as well as analytical insight, taking apart important themes and motives of the repertoire and giving the audience something to listen for during the pieces. She helps the audience understand the program as a cohesive whole, preparing them for an unforgettable performance.

Linda lives in Southern California and is available to travel to venues across the United States and Canada. To discuss booking and accommodations for her to speak during your upcoming season, please email or call.

The Artistry of Strings 2014

Santa Barbara Strings Benefit Concert
February 7, 2014

The Artistry of Strings 2013

Santa Barbara Strings Benefit Concert
February 22, 2013

The Bach Project

Helen Callus, Violist
September 3, 2010

Academic Paper Presentations

As an active participant in the musicological community, Linda has presented her original research at academic conferences throughout the United States and the United Kingdom. She currently specializes in Mendelssohn reception in Victorian England, a recurring theme of her recent talks.

"When #Times Up for Musical Gods: The James Levine Scandal"

"'It sounds like Mendelssohn, it must be Sterndale Bennett': Acknowledging German Influence in English Historiography"

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"Presentations of Felix Mendelssohn in George Grove's Dictionary as Reflections of the English Musical Renaissance"

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"Conflicting Presentations of Felix Mendelssohn in British Music Histories"

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"Foreign Admirer or Alien Influence? Felix Mendelssohn in British Music Histories of the Mid-to-Late Nineteenth Century"

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"Musicology and the Crisis of Interdisciplinarity"

"The Pleyel-Haydn 'Rivalry' of 1792: How a Conflict Concocted by London Newspapers became Music History"