I had such a good time with my music appreciation classes, last year, I was eager to create another series, beginning this fall. So, I've come up with nine new classes and a lot of great music I know you are going to like.
You don't have to be a musician to enjoy these musical explorations. Everyone is welcome. My goal is to increase your enjoyment of music so you can respond with deeper understanding and wonder to the world’s greatest composers.
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."
Like last year, each class is on a Sunday at 4 p.m. at Classic Pianos. Here are the dates:
Sept. 24, 2017 Oct. 29 Nov. 19 Dec. 3 Jan. 21 Feb. 11 March 25 April 29 May 20
And here are the subjects:
Musical mavericks: The astonishing madrigals of Renaissance composer (and murderer) Don Carlo Gesualdo, and how Beethoven, Chopin, Debussy, Charles Ives, Lou Harrison and Steve Reich changed music forever.
Intimate conversations: The intricate art of chamber music in classic works by Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms, Shostakovich and Messiaen.
Choral gems: The great 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.
Do orchestras really need conductors? Deconstructing the mysteries of the podium, with examples from Beecham, Toscanini, Furtwangler, Karajan, Kleiber, Celibidache, Bernstein and Dudamel.
David and Goliath: We explore the great concertos, where a single musician goes up against an entire orchestra, in works by Mozart, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Ravel, Rachmaninoff, Bartok and Adams.
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.
Great singers: We admire the expressive and virtuosic singers who made their mark on history: Caruso, Corelli, Flagstad, Callas, Caballe, Price, Nilsson, Sutherland, Pavarotti, Bartoli, Fleming and others.
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 beauty of folk traditions.
Timeless Symphonies: Another deep dive into orchestral works we love, as we deconstruct 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. Seating is limited; 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