🎼  Syllabus & Concert Schedule - Week by Week

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●   Blue text indicates concert dates and programs.

Class #1, Monday March 4: (Weather cancelation)

Class #2, Monday March 11: 

  • Welcome to Concert and Conversations - Linda       
  • Introduction to Fransisco Noya, conductor —  Fredda Sharfstein 
  • Introduction to Jennifer Frautschi, Violinist - Bonnie  
  • Introduction to Leos Janacek and the Káťa Kabanová Overture – Penney
  • Intermission 
  • Preview: Beethoven Violin Concerto - Linda
  • Preview of Antonin Dvorak's Symphony #5 - Linda

Concert Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 8 PM

RI Philharmonic Orchestra

Francisco Noya, conductor
Jennifer Frautschi, violin

          JANÁČEK Káťa Kabanová: Overture
         BEETHOVEN Violin Concerto
         DVORAK Symphony No.5


Class #3, Monday March 18: 

  • Post-Concert Conversation –  Bonnie
  • Overview of the RI Phil’s spring concerts and programming decisions - David Gasper, Artistic Manager of the RI Philharmonic.
  • Preview Part I: RI Phil April Concert:

       o   Introduction to  Pietro Mascagni (with Intermezzo from Cavalaria Rusticana)    Isabel Kushner 

       o   Introduction to Giacomo Rossini (with the William Tell: Overture) 

       o   Introduction to Giuseppe Verdi (with the Forza Del Destino, Overture)

       o   Preview: Ottorino Respighi and his Roman Festivals - Linda


Class #4, Monday March 25: 

·     Preview: RI Chamber Music Concerts, March 28

       o   Introduction to the Italian Saxophone Quartet – Donna Parker

       o   Introduction to Antonio Vivaldi and  La Tempesta di Mare–  Roberta English

       o   Introduction to WA Mozart’s and the Adagio from Serenade No. 10 for Winds, K. 361 - Penney

       o   Introduction to composer Michael Nyman and Songs for Tony  - Linda  

       o   Introduction to Astor Piazzola – Histoire du Tango; Oblivión; Libertango - Guest Speaker

        o   Guest Speaker: Wendy Klein, flutist,  Prof. Berklee College of Music. 

Concert Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 7:30 PM

RI Chamber Music Concerts

Italian Saxophone Quartet

                VIVALDI: La Tempesta di Mare (1728)

               ROSSINI: Sonata a Quattro No. 3 (1804)

               ITURRALDE: Suite Hellenique for Saxophone Quartet (2008)

               FRANCAIX: Petit Quatuor pour Saxophones (1935)

               MOZART: Adagio from Serenade No. 10 for Winds, K. 361 (1781)

                NYMAN: Songs for Tony (1993)

                PIAZZOLA: Histoire du Tango; Oblivión; Libertango (1959 - 1982)


Class #5, Monday April 1: 

·      Post-Concert Conversation Milton Kapelus

·      Preview Part I: RI Chamber April 13th Concert

     o   Introduction to Johannes Brahms –  Patricia Bisshopp

       o   Preview: Brahms, Piano Quartet No. 2 in A major, Op. 26 (1861) - Linda

  •          o  Guest Speaker: Irina Tchantceva, Chair, Piano Faculty, RI Phil Music School. Topic: The piano as a chamber music instrument. The challenges of Brahm’s piano music for pianists.

Class #6, Monday April 8: 

·      Preview Part II: RI Phil April 13th Concert:

       o   Theme: Italy and Opera: The Connections?  The History? –  Harriet Magen 

     o   Introduction to Marie Jacquot, conductor – Martha Nielsen

     o   Introduction to Jonathan Burton, tenor, and to Julia Radosz, soprano –  Susan Moubayed   

           o  Guest speaker: Rene de la Garza, Prof. of Music (Voice), URI.: Puccini and his operatic style with examples from the concert program. 


Concert: Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 8PM

RI Philharmonic Orchestra

Marie Jacquot, conductor
Jonathan Burton, tenor
Julia Radosz, soprano

               VERDI La Forza del Destino: Overture

              PUCCINI FAVORITES:

                        E lucevan le stelle from Tosca

                        O mio babbino caro from Gianni Schicchi

                        Quando m’en vo’ from La Bohème

                        Nessun dorma from Turandot

                        Addio, fiorito asil from Madama Butterfly

                        Un bel dì vedremo  from Madama Butterfly

                        Vogliatemi bene from Madama Butterfly

             RESPIGHI Roman Festivals

              ROSSINI William Tell: Overture


Class #7, Monday April 15: 

  • Post-Concert Conversation – Bonnnie Ryvicker
  • Preview Part I: RI Phil May 4th Concert:

          o   Introduction to Pyotr Tchaikovsky and to the 1812 Overture – Barbara Nesto

          o   Introduction to Dmitri Shostakovich – Duncan Smith

          o   Preview: Shostakovich, Symphony No.9  - Linda


Class #8, Monday April 22: 

  • Preview Part II: RI Chamber April 25th Concert 

      o   Introduction to Germaine Tailleferre –  Lilian Hayes

        o   Preview: TailleferrePiano Trio (1916/1978) - Penney 

        o   Preview: Shostakovich, Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor, Op. 67 (1944) - Linda

Concert: Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 7:30 PM

RI Chamber Music Concerts

Horszowski Trio with Masumi Rostad, viola

            TAILLEFERRE: Piano Trio (1916/1978)

            SHOSTAKOVICH: Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor, Op. 67 (1944)

            BRAHMS: Piano Quartet No. 2 in A major, Op. 26 (1861)


Class #9, Monday April 29: 

·      Post-Concert Conversation –  Sam Shamoon

·      Preview Part II: RI Phil May 4th Concert:

             o   Introduction to Sergei Prokofiev -  Lilian Hayes

             o   Preview: Prokofiev, Violin Concerto No.1 - Linda

             o   Guest Speaker: Sophia Herman, Violinist, RI Philharmonic.

Concert: Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 8PM

RI Philharmonic Orchestra

Alexander Mickelthwate, conductor
Benjamin Beilman, violin

             TCHAIKOVSKY 1812 Overture
             PROKOFIEV Violin Concerto No.1
             SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No.9

Class #10, Monday May 6: 

·      Post-concert Conversation – Judy Bitting

·      Summer concert previews – Sam Shamoon

·      Class party


© Linda K. Shamoon 2013