Musical Notes

Wednesdays at 5:30pm PST

Ever wonder how musicians decide how to interpret a musical work? Join in each Wednesday evening at 6pm for a deeper look into the clues in a musical work that help performers decide how to approach a composition. Much more than just historical background, we take a closer look into what makes a work great, what is at the heart of each composition. With examples directly from the score, we’ll explore the musical traits that all contribute to the emotional and musical impact of a work.

Aug 12th – Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, musical storytelling
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Aug 19th – TBD
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July 22nd – Brahms Op. 117 No. 1 – Brahms’ relationships with women, represented in a single work

July 29th – Romeo and Juliet – the courtship and tragedy of Prokofiev by Stalin’s Russia
“For never was a story of more woe/ Than Prokofiev’s music for Romeo”

Aug 5th – A musical suicide note – Shostakovich’s eighth string quartet
Featuring Cordula Merks, Concertmaster San Francisco Ballet

Free – donations suggested.