Dive into the world of music with ConverZations! This series of FREE discussions brings you closer to the music with a different topic and speaker each month. The atmosphere is casual and engaging. So bring your lunch, relax and enjoy! Coffee and light desserts provided.
September – April
Second Monday of each month
Zimmermann Symphony Center
The Jewish Music of Leonard Bernstein
Mr. Chamis is a former conducting assistant and personal friend of Leonard Bernstein. Throughout his entire composing career, Leonard Bernstein steadily produced a number of Jewish inspired works. Judaism always permeated his life and work, and he even wrote music for the Shabbat service. At the same time, his connection with Israel started before the foundation of the State, as the first concert he conducted with the Israel Philharmonic happened in 1947, when the orchestra was still called “Palestine Philharmonic Orchestra.” From that time on, he conducted the orchestra yearly until his death in 1990.
Dvořák and Herbert: The American Experience
Discover how the two composers had a profound impact on America (and the cello) as did America on them.
The Art of Improvising: What a Wonderful World
In our everyday lives, we try to stick to a very strict schedule. We plan our days from start to finish hoping that we can get ahead in our lives. Although, some can relate to having little bumps in the road and have to take a slight detour in the plots. Today we will not only talk and share ideas about improvising in music, but how it relates to people and life general. As we talk and give live musical examples, we hope to come away from this session with a unique, and imaginative perspective about jazz and the art of improvising as a human trait.
A member of the CSO for 40 years, Nancy Paterson shares insights on the history, mystique and sounds of this gorgeous instrument.
Beethoven and the Art of “Recycling” Music
When a composer comes up with a really good musical motif, can he use it more than once? Beethoven, it seems, “recycled” the same tune in a number of works, as we’ll hear in this detailed analysis with recorded selections.
We will have great fun with Dr. McGuire as he speaks about Shostakovich and how both Haydn and Saint-Saëns incluenced his work.
Balancing Artistry and Worship – The Classical Mass
Dr. Cooper briefly examines how the great Classical composers danced the delicate balance between the artistry (and artifice) of 18th-century music and the church’s requirements for worship.
With A Little Help From Our Friends
Composer Keith Fitch discusses the special – and necessary – relationships between composers, performers, and patrons.