Frédéric Chopin: His Life and Music

Course Dates: 
6 weeks: January 8, 22, 29, February 5, 12, 19, 2018 (no class on January 15)
Mondays, 2-4 p.m.
Michael Ruiz
Course Catalogs: 
2018 Winter

Enjoy live performances of the deeply romantic music of Chopin often characterized by bittersweet melancholy captured in the Polish word “Zal.” Included will be on overview of Chopin's life and lecture-recitals featuring samplings from his wonderful music: ballades, études, mazurkas, nocturnes, preludes, polonaises, scherzos, sonatas and waltzes. In order to enhance the experience of all participants, no tablets, cellular phones, beepers or other electronic devices will be permitted in class.

Michael Ruiz ( is a UNC Asheville professor of physics, holds a doctorate in theoretical physics and has had his physics courses featured on CNN. He is also a pianist and composer with three piano concertos performed by the Winston-Salem Symphony.