This week begins our 20th season of Exploring Music! To celebrate, we are revisiting our very first program: the intriguing life and art of French composer Maurice Ravel. Ravel blended his Swiss-Basque heritage as well as early 20th -century jazz to create a unique compositional voice. He clashed with teachers at the Paris Conservatory yet maintained his instincts in the modernity of visual art, dance, and literature—all affected by World War I. Bill will feature the String Quartet in F Major, Rapsodie Espangole-Malagueña for two pianos, and the one-movement orchestral composition, Boléro.