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Milbauer to present competing methods of teaching music

At 4 p.m. today in Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall, 10-year Chautauqua instructor and pianist John Milbauer will sound off on contending schools of classical music.

Milbauer, a 2011 Steinway Artist, will play pieces that premiered exactly 100 years ago to pay homage to composer Arnold Schoenberg. The anniversary marks the birth year of composer John Cage, Schoenberg’s prized pupil.

“It’s hard to imagine Cage and Schoenberg in the same classroom,” Milbauer, who studied at Juilliard and the Franz Liszt Academy in Hungary, said about Schoenberg, who taught Cage at UCLA.

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