Musical Notes

Ever wonder how musicians decide how to interpret a musical work? Join¬† 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.

September 5th – 12pm PDT – Musical Point(e)s starts
Sleeping Beauty
San Francisco Ballet dancers including: Misa Kuranaga, Principal; Sasha de Sola, Principal; Ellen Rose Hummel, Corps de Ballet
For more information and to register click here.


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

Aug 12th – Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, musical storytelling

Aug 19th – Beethoven’s Symphony 9
With guests Kevin Short, Bass-Baritone and Tim Dilenschneider, Associate Principal Bass of the Houston Symphony

All sessions free; donations go to support artists, their companies, and Musical Notes and Musical Point(e)s.  To donate, click here.