I had such a good time with my music appreciation classes, last year, I have created another series, beginning this fall. I'm excited to offer nine new classes that cover a lot of musical ground, from the immensity of choral masterworks to the majesty of American music.
You don't have to be a musician to enjoy these musical explorations. Everyone is welcome. My hope is to increase your enjoyment so you can respond with deeper understanding and wonder to this great music.
Here's what a few people had to say about last year's classes:
"This was fabulous! The best time I have had in a long time. Absolutely wonderful."
"Exceptional seminar. A lot of thought and research must have gone into this."
"I'm not sure what I expected, but this was astounding. I loved the music and your commentary -- warm, personal, from the heart -- made these familiar pieces come alive in a way I've never experienced before."
Sept. 24: Musical mavericks: The astonishing madrigals of Renaissance composer (and murderer) Don Carlo Gesualdo, and how Beethoven, Chopin, Debussy, Stravinsky, Gershwin and Steve Reich changed music forever.
Oct. 29: Choral gems: Thrilling masterworks, including Bach's Mass in B Minor, Mozart's Mass in C Minor, shorter works of Brahms, plus astonishing choral music from around the world.
Nov. 19: Intimate conversations: The intricate art of chamber music in classic works by Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms, Shostakovich and Messiaen.
Dec. 3: American majesty: What makes music American? We dive into the richness and variety of Stephen Foster, John Philip Sousa, George Gershwin, Aaron Copland, Samuel Barber, Terry Riley, John Adams, Edgar Meyer and Portland's own Kenji Bunch.
Jan. 21: David and Goliath: We explore why the great concertos give us something no other musical form does, in works by Mozart, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Ravel, Rachmaninoff, Bartok and Adams.
Feb. 11: Do orchestras need conductors? Deconstructing the mysteries of the podium, with examples from Beecham, Toscanini, Furtwangler, Karajan, Kleiber, Celibidache, Bernstein and Dudamel.
March 25: Legendary singers: We admire the singers who made history: Caruso, Corelli, Callas, Caballe, Price, Nilsson, Sutherland, Pavarotti, Lieberson, Bartoli and others.
April 29: Folk-inspired music: Many composers, from Chopin and Brahms to Bartok, Astor Piazzolla and Osvaldo Golijov, found inspiration in folk music, transforming their work while keeping it grounded in the classical tradition.
May 20: Timeless Symphonies: Another deep dive into orchestral works we love: Mozart's G Minor Symphony, Sibelius' Second and Copland's Third Symphony, which contains "Fanfare for the Common Man."
Class details:Cost per session: $20, payable at the door. Discount: sign up for nine classes and receive one class free. Reservations are recommended. Classes take place in the recital hall at Classic Pianos, 3003 S.E. Milwaukie Ave. in southeast Portland, next to the Aladdin Theater at the corner of Milwaukie and Powell Blvd.
Parking: You may park in the store's parking lot on the corner of Powell Blvd. and 11th Ave., behind the store. You may also park in the Brooklyn Pharmacy parking lot, but avoid the spaces that say, “Brooklyn Pharmacy Only.” Additionally, you may park on 11th Ave., the one-way street directly behind the store, accessed from Powell Blvd. And you can find ample neighborhood parking on Franklin, as well as 10th Ave.
To register, contact Peggie Zackery at Classic Pianos: 503-546-5622; email@example.com