JEFFREY ENGEL

Mozart and Mendelssohn: Stupendous Child Prodigies

The Kent Memorial Library is presenting a program by Jeffrey Engel who will compare the two child prodigies, Mozart and Mendelssohn.  The program will take place on Thursday, February 23 at 1:00 p.m. at the Suffield Senior Center, 145 Bridge Street.  The program is funded by The Friends of the Kent Memorial Library.

The name Mozart is synonymous with the word prodigy. He certainly displayed incredible talent as a composer, pianist and violinist at a ridiculously young age. Mendelssohn is usually ignored in the conversation about prodigies, but he was no less extraordinary and topped Mozart in at least one way. He was composing masterpieces as a teenager, several years before Mozart wrote anything comparable.  Jeffrey Engel will compare the two youngsters and let you decide who was the more remarkable.  Please sign up for this free program by visiting or calling the Kent Memorial Library at 860-668-3896 or online.

As a cellist, Engel played with numerous orchestras in France including that of the Paris Opera, performed in chamber ensembles and taught in municipal conservatories. He has given entertaining and informative music history lectures in various venues for 15 years, including as an adjunct professor at the University of Connecticut in Torrington.