Lectures, Classes, & Workshops – February 2017

Ciao, Opera Mavens! Here are your educational opera-tunities for the month:

OPERA SAN JOSE ADULT EDUCATION EVENTS
http://www.operasj.org/educationcommunity/adult-education/
Preview: Silent Night (Puts) – A free one-hour presentation moderated by General Director Larry Hancock including lecture and performances by OSJ artists.
Tues Jan 31 at 12noon Beethoven Center, Dr. MLK Jr. Library, 150 E. San Fernando St., SJ
Silent Night Symposia
https://www.operasj.org/tickets/silent-night-symposia/
Panel 1 – Contemporary Opera in America, 2 – 2:40pm
Panel 2 – Designing Silent Night, 2:50 – 3:30pm
Panel 3 – WWI: Contemporary Perspectives, 3:50 – 4:35pm
Panel 4 – Meet the Creators of Silent Night, 4:45 – 5:25pm
$20 for all four sessions, includes light refreshments
Fri Feb 10, California Theatre, Third Floor Rehearsal Hall, 345 South 1st St., SJ

OPERA AT YOUR DOORSTEP LECTURE SERIES
https://www.operasj.org/educationcommunity/adult-education/
Increase your understanding of opera and enjoy the upcoming Opera San Jose performances of the Pulitzer Prize-winning opera Silent Night all the more by attending one of Bradford Wade’s free 90-minute preview talks. At each of his talks, Brad will hold a drawing (free) for a pair of tickets to Silent Night!
Tues Jan 31 at 7:30pm Pat Miller’s Music School, 14107 Winchester Blvd., Los Gatos
Wed Feb 8 at 7pm Italian-American Heritage Foundation, 425 N. 4th St., SJ
Thurs Feb 9 at 7:30pm Sheppard Mullin law firm, 379 Lytton Ave., Palo Alto
If you would like to attend the Los Gatos talk, and perhaps have dinner beforehand with the speaker, please RSVP by emailing patmillermusic1@gmail.com. If you would like to have dinner with the speaker before the Palo Alto talk, please RSVP with Jim Stauffer at jfs.fosj@gmail.com. No RSVP is needed for the San Jose or Palo Alto talks. For more information, please send a message to OperaAtYourDoorstep@gmail.com

SAN MATEO ADULT SCHOOL
http://www.smace.org/50_plus/music/
Afternoon at the Opera – Instructor Shari Deghi‘s opera appreciation classes will guide you through the Met Opera Live in HD  transmissions of Rusalka, La Traviata, and Idomeneo.  Other classes offered include three sessions on contemporary opera from 1900 to the present and operas of the Italian Risorgimento with former SFO set designer Norman Rizzi.  $15 per single session or $48 for four. More info at the link above.
Mon Jan 30 – Mar 20 (No class Feb 20), 2:30 – 4:30 pm
San Mateo Senior Center, 2645 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo

WAGNER SOCIETY OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
http://www.wagnersf.org/
Speight Jenkins, General Director Emeritus of the Seattle Opera, will be speaking.
Program TBD. Check the WSNC website for updated information as the date approaches. Free for members, $10 fee for nonmembers
Sat Feb 4 at 1pm JCC-SF 3200 California St., SF

SAN FRANCISCO OPERA – FAMILY WORKSHOPS
http://tinyurl.com/SFOFamLittlePrince
First Act: The Little Prince – Explore music, rhythm, visual arts and movement designed to foster social-emotional development, increased language and motor skills as you discover Antoine de Saint-Exupéry‘s fantasy opera, The Little Prince. $10; Limited discount tickets are available for families in need, click on the link above for more info.
Sat Feb 11; 9 – 10am and 10:30 – 11:30am  Bryan Education Studio – 4th Floor, War Memorial Veterans Building 401 Van Ness Ave., SF

OSHER LIFELONG LEARNING INSTITUTE
https://www.scholarolli.com/event/metropolitan-opera-season-2
Metropolitan Opera Season, Part 2 – Instructor Diane Mauch leads this course on the second five Met Opera Live in HD transmissions: Rusalka, La Traviata, Idomeneo, Eugene Onegin, and Der Rosenkavalier. She’ll use CDs and DVDs during her exploration of the historical, musical, and theatrical high points of each. Whether you’re a newcomer to opera or a veteran, here’s a chance to deepen your appreciation of the medium’s irresistible mix of music, drama, and visual splendor.
$60 for OLLI & Rossmoor Opera Club members / $84 for non-members
Fri Feb 24; Mar 3, 17, 31; May 5, 1 – 3pm Fireside Room, Gateway Complex, 1001 Golden Rain Rd., Walnut Creek

OPERA AT OAKHURST
http://www.eccoyosemite.org/uploads/8/6/6/8/86687430/opera_2017.pdf
Vienna: The Making of an Operatic Culture – Using formal lectures and seminars led by UCSB Professor Simon Williams, this course will take you on an operatic journey of Vienna. It will begin with the mighty baroque festivals of the Habsburg court and the operas of both Gluck and Mozart, which brought Vienna to the forefront as an international centre of opera. Next is the Viennese operetta, one of the most attractive of all forms of light opera, and analysis of three of the greatest operas of Richard StraussDer Rosenkavalier, Ariadne auf Naxos, and Arabella – all of which were inspired by and set in Vienna. Finally, the course will touch upon the work of Alban Berg and the Viennese Second School that revolutionized opera in the first 40 years of the 20th century.
April 21 – 24, Evergreen Conference Center  Oakhurst, CA
*Registration open now. Tuition, fees, lodging, and other important info at the link above*

ENJOY!

Workshops, Classes, & Lectures – January 2017

Ciao, Opera Mavens & Happy New Year!  Here are your educational opera-tunities for January:

WAGNER SOCIETY OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
http://www.wagnersf.org/
Stepping in to speak for the Society in January will be Larry Oppenheim, who will give a talk on the music of Die Meistersinger. Mr. Oppenheim is a popular lecturer with the San Francisco Public Library with his series of opera lectures: “Opera for the People”.
Free for members, $10 fee for nonmembers.
Sat Jan 7 at 1pm JCC-SF 3200 California St., SF

STANFORD CONTINUING STUDIES
Richard Wagner: Controversial Genius – Led by Speight Jenkins, General Director of Seattle Opera – Emeritus, this course will discuss the personality of the composer, one of the intellectual giants of his century, his friends and foes, and particularly his music. You will not just explore the ten works of his maturity with selections from live performances, but also discuss differences in the style of singing Wagner from his time until ours, the change in productions of his work, and why Tristan und Isolde had a profound effect on the music of the 20th century, and a look at why and how The Ring of the Nibelung has become among the best box-office successes of the 21st century.  Tuition and more info at the link above.
Monday evenings Jan 9 – Feb 13 from 7 – 8:50pm

The Ballad of Baby Doe: A Study and Performance of the First Great American Opera – With its tuneful, popular style and soaring melodies, Douglas Moore‘s Baby Doe is a brilliant evocation of the mining era in the American West, and a true portrait of life in Leadville, Denver, and even Washington, DC. Strongly based in historical fact, it addresses Populism and the Free Silver movement, boom-and-bust economic cycles, and includes appearances by presidential candidate and orator William Jennings Bryan and President Chester Arthur. With Stanford music lecturer Marie-Louise Catsalis and mezzo-soprano Wendy Hillhouse (Merola 1981) as your instructors, you will study the music, the history of the opera’s composition and production, its historical, economic, and sociological background and also attend a performance and meet with performers and directors afterward to complete the experience.  Tuition and more info at the link above.
Thursday evenings Jan 12 – Mar 2 from 7 – 8:50pm

SF CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC
http://sfcm.edu/events/patricia-racette-soprano
Master Class seminar on integrative artistry with Patricia Racette (Adler 1989 – 91)
$10 general admission.  Fri Jan 20 at 6pm Sol Joseph Recital Hall, SFCM 50 Oak St., SF

SAN FRANCISCO PERFORMING ARTS CONNECTION
Performing Arts Connection: Spring Break for Teens
Applications are now being accepted for this special program taking place March 27 – 31, 2017 at the Diane B. Wilsey Center for Opera.  Fill your spring break with music, poetry, dance, theater, and digital media storytelling! Discover and explore new art forms, hone current skills, and inspire fresh creativity with diverse teen communities from all over the Bay Area. Teens will work with local artists and specialists from SF Opera, SF Ballet, American Conservatory Theatre, Youth Speaks and Citizen Film in partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of San Francisco to craft original works and produce a showcase for their families and the community.

ENJOY!

Workshops, Classes, & Lectures – December 2016

Ciao, Opera Mavens and Happy Holidays!  Here are your educational opera-tunities for December:

SAN FRANCISCO OPERA FAMILY WORKSHOPS
http://tinyurl.com/SFOFamH-Gworkshop
First Act: Hansel and Gretel’s Adventure – In this workshop designed for children ages 3–5, you’ll explore music, rhythm, visual arts and movement, designed to foster social-emotional development, increased language and fine-gross motor skills. $10; A limited number of discounted tickets are available for families in need, click on the link above for more info.
Sat Dec 3; 10 – 11am and 11:30am – 12:30pm  Bryan Education Studio – 4th Floor, War Memorial Veterans Building 401 Van Ness Ave., SF

STANFORD CONTINUING STUDIES
Richard Wagner: Controversial Genius – Led by Speight Jenkins, General Director of Seattle Opera – Emeritus, this course will discuss the personality of the composer, one of the intellectual giants of his century, his friends and foes, and particularly his music. You will not just explore the ten works of his maturity with selections from live performances, but also discuss differences in the style of singing Wagner from his time until ours, the change in productions of his work, and why Tristan und Isolde had a profound effect on the music of the 20th century, and a look at why and how The Ring of the Nibelung has become among the best box-office successes of the 21st century.  Registration opens Nov 28; tuition and more info at the link above.
Monday evenings Jan 9 – Feb 13 from 7 – 8:50pm

The Ballad of Baby Doe: A Study and Performance of the First Great American Opera – With its tuneful, popular style and soaring melodies, Douglas Moore‘s Baby Doe is a brilliant evocation of the mining era in the American West, and a true portrait of life in Leadville, Denver, and even Washington, DC. Strongly based in historical fact, it addresses Populism and the Free Silver movement, boom-and-bust economic cycles, and includes appearances by presidential candidate and orator William Jennings Bryan and President Chester Arthur. With Stanford music lecturer Marie-Louise Catsalis and mezzo-soprano Wendy Hillhouse (Merola 1981) as your instructors, you will study the music, the history of the opera’s composition and production, its historical, economic, and sociological background and also attend a performance and meet with performers and directors afterward to complete the experience.  Registration opens Nov 28; tuition and more info at the link above.
Thursday evenings Jan 12 – Mar 2 from 7 – 8:50pm

SAN FRANCISCO PERFORMING ARTS CONNECTION
Performing Arts Connection: Spring Break for Teens
Applications are now being accepted for this special program taking place March 27 – 31, 2017 at the Diane B. Wilsey Center for Opera.  Fill your spring break with music, poetry, dance, theater, and digital media storytelling! Discover and explore new art forms, hone current skills, and inspire fresh creativity with diverse teen communities from all over the Bay Area. Teens will work with local artists and specialists from SF Opera, SF Ballet, American Conservatory Theatre, Youth Speaks and Citizen Film in partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of San Francisco to craft original works and produce a showcase for their families and the community.

ENJOY!

Classes, Lectures, & Workshops – November 2016

Ciao, Opera Mavens! Here are your educational opera-tunities for the month:

OPERA SAN JOSE ADULT EDUCATION EVENTS
http://www.operasj.org/educationcommunity/adult-education/
The Barber of Seville (Rossini) Preview – A one-hour presentation by General Director Larry Hancock including lecture and performances by OSJ artists.
Tues Nov 1 at 12noon Beethoven Center, Dr. MLK Jr. Library, 4th & San Fernando Sts., SJ

OPERA AT YOUR DOORSTEP LECTURE SERIES
Increase your understanding of opera and enjoy the upcoming Opera San Jose performances of Rossini’s The Barber of Seville all the more by attending one of Bradford Wade’s free 90-minute preview talks.
Tues Nov 1 from 7:30 – 9pm Law Offices of Sheppard Mullin, 379 Lytton Ave., Palo Alto
Mon Nov 7 from 7:30 – 9pm Pat Miller’s Music School, 14107 Winchester Blvd., Los Gatos
If you would like to attend the Los Gatos talk, and perhaps have dinner beforehand with the speaker, please RSVP by calling Pat Miller at (408) 871-7010. For more information, or to reserve a seat in Palo Alto, please send a message to OperaAtYourDoorstep@gmail.com.

SF CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC
http://calendar.sfcm.edu/index.php?eID=1916
Music and the Mind – Faculty artist series lecture with neuroscientist and soprano Indre Viskontas who holds a Ph.D. in cognitive neuroscience and a M.M. in opera.   FREE, no tickets required.
Mon Nov 7 from 7:30 – 9:30pm SFCM Sol Joseph Recital Hall 50 Oak St., SF

SAN FRANCISCO OPERA FAMILY WORKSHOPS
http://tinyurl.com/Nov16FamWorkshop
Learn about the art and stories of opera with your family! In between our Opera in an Hour movie screenings you and your family will sing, act, compose and dance all together as SF Opera Education Teaching Artists guide the way.  $10; a limited number of discount tickets are available for familes in need, inquire above.
Sat Nov 12 from 11:30 – 12:30pm   Bryan Education Studio – 4th Floor, War Memorial Veterans Building 401 Van Ness Ave., SF

WAGNER SOCIETY OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
http://www.wagnersf.org/node/2406
Wagner’s Orchestra, Wagner’s Orchestration and Wagner’s Conducting
Lecture by Professor Derek Katz, Ph.D. UCSB Dept. of Music
Free for WSNC members; $10 for non-members
Sat Nov 12 at 1pm JCC-SF 3200 California St., SF

OSHER LIFELONG LEARNING INSTITUTE
https://www.scholarolli.com/event/antonin-dvorak-music-from-the-people
Antonin Dvorák: Music from the People – This 19th-century Czech composer brought the world symphonies, symphonic poems, operas, chamber music, and ensembles for strings; all of which had roots in Czech folk music. His rhythms and melodic structures draw us into the style of this genre but never just repeat folk tunes. Instructor John Kendall Bailey of Trinity Lyric Opera will chart the career of this prolific artist and play selections of his diverse oeuvre to illustrate his remarkable talent.
FREE for OLLI & Mastick Senior Center Members; $5 for non-members.
Wed Nov 16 from 1:30 – 3pm Mastick Senior Center 1155 Santa Clara Ave., Alameda

ENJOY!