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Two of Johann Sebastian Bach’s passion oratorios — St. John and St. Matthew — are among his most performed, well-loved and complex works.  This class will examine these unique works of the High Baroque era from a historical and structural standpoint and from a performance practice perspective, with an emphasis on hearing them as truly transcendent works.  

Schedule : Weekly - Tue 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM; 4 sessions; starting 3/6/2018, ending 3/27/2018

Tuition: $120.00

Location : Hitchcock Presbyterian Church Location : 
  Hitchcock Presbyterian Church.

Instructor : John T. King 



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Join us for an introduction to the pipe organ.  This class will introduce students to the pipe organ, featuring the church’s new instrument built by the renowned German designer and restorer Klais Orgelbau.  The lecture provides a brief history on the development of the instrument and its evolution and will serve to help listeners who may also want to attend the organ recital on Saturday, March 17 at 7pm, featuring talented organists from the studio of Dr. Lewis at The Juilliard School, Pre-College Division.  

Schedule : Weekly - Mon 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM; starting 3/12/2018, ending 3/12/2018

Tuition: $25.00

Location : St. James the Less Church Location : 
  St. James the Less Church.

Instructor : Matthew Lewis 



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Join us to celebrate the great Italian composer on the 150th anniversary of his death. Famed performer Cristiana Pegoraro will enthrall students with an innovative solo piano recital that combines performance and discussion. Discover the stories and secrets behind the masterworks by Gioachino Rossini, nicknamed Signor Crescendo. This musical dialogue combines sparkling performances of his major works, including overtures from The Barber of Seville and The Thieving Magpie, with tales illustrating the artist’s life, the historical period, anecdotes, love relationships and a hint of gossip! Enjoy an evening concert in an intimate setting filled with Pegoraro’s deep passion and enthusiasm for music.

Schedule : Weekly - Thu 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM; starting 3/15/2018, ending 3/15/2018

Tuition: $30.00

Location : Hitchcock Presbyterian Church Location : 
  Hitchcock Presbyterian Church.

Instructor : Cristiana Pegoraro 



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“Mad,” “incomprehensible,” “repulsive,” “ludicrous,” “rambling,” “outrageous,” “mystifying” – those were just a few of the words prominent critics, experienced listeners, and even some accomplished musicians used in the first decades of the 1800s to describe Ludwig van Beethoven’s works.  His music was always intense, dramatic, and deeply-expressive – but they often also inhabited mystical, ethereal, and primal realms (especially in his late works) that baffled and sometimes offended his audiences.  This session will travel to those regions we now revere as sublime and awe-inspiring to hear what Beethoven – deaf by his mid-30s – “heard” in his mind in some of the most enduring, searing, and profoundly eloquent musical works ever composed.  

Schedule : Weekly - Fri 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM; starting 3/16/2018, ending 3/16/2018

Tuition: $25.00

Location : Hoff-Barthelson Music School Location : 
  Hoff-Barthelson Music School.

Instructor : Michael Boriskin 



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The Amerigo Trio is one of the most recent major string trios to emerge in the world of chamber music. Former New York Philharmonic Concertmaster Glenn Dicterow formed the Amerigo with violist Karen Dreyfus and cellist Inbal     Segev after their successful collaboration at the Bowdoin International Chamber Music Festival.  In the short time since the group's founding in the summer of 2009, they have been invited to play at some of the most prestigious concert series in the United States.  The Amerigo Trio is named after Amerigo Vespucci, the Italian Explorer.  The trio is committed to the exploration of the riches of the string trio repertoire, both new and old.     

Schedule : Weekly - Sun 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM; starting 3/18/2018, ending 3/18/2018

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Tuition: $40.00

Location : Congregation Emanu-El of Westchester Location : 
  Congregation Emanu-El of Westchester.

Instructor : N.A. 



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The idea of using a symphonic introduction for a musical theater production had its roots centuries earlier when composers of grand opera decided to begin their works with a collection of musical motifs that allowed audiences to become acquainted with melodies that followed once the curtain was raised.  This musical “foreshadowing” became a key ingredient in productions such as Showboat, Oklahoma!, Guys and Dolls, My Fair Lady, and Gypsy.  The act of weaving one song into another within a narrow timeframe is an art unto itself and allows the composer to work independently of the lyricist to create an often underappreciated component of the show.  During this program we will have an opportunity to watch symphony orchestras perform the overtures to several classic Broadway musicals including the ones mentioned above.  Be prepared for a wonderful experience reliving a host of melodies that have become an essential part of American music.  

Schedule : Weekly - Wed 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM; starting 3/21/2018, ending 3/21/2018

Tuition: $25.00

Location : Temple Israel New Rochelle Location : 
  Temple Israel New Rochelle.

Instructor : Richard Knox 



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Vocal technique will be taught through songs from a range of vocal literature — from pop to Broadway to classical.  Opportunities to perform solo will be offered in a master-class setting.  Choral singing in harmony will also be included, based on the abilities and the number of students in the course.  We will also focus on sight reading and theory for the beginning singer.  This class will end with a recital of solos, duets, and choral works covered in class.  All abilities and levels of experience are welcome in this non-threatening opportunity to raise your voice in song!  

Schedule : Weekly - Wed 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM; 10 sessions; starting 3/21/2018, ending 5/30/2018 ; Class Skip Dates : (No class on 4/4/2018)

Tuition: $250.00

Location : Scarsdale High School Location : 
  Scarsdale High School.

Instructor : Jennifer Tibbetts 



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The Metropolitan Opera’s Emmy Award-winning series, The Met: Live in HD, continues its performances at your local movie theater, including these operas this fall and winter: Join us in advance of each screening for a lively discussion of each opera’s history, highlights, libretto, and cultural and social significance.  After this engaging preview, illustrated with video and audio samples, students will get the most out of viewing the opera performances on their own. Cose fan tutte on March 23  

Schedule : Weekly - Fri 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM; starting 3/23/2018, ending 3/23/2018

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Tuition: $25.00

Location : Hoff-Barthelson Music School Location : 
  Hoff-Barthelson Music School.

Instructor : Charles Coleman 



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Although jazz was born in New Orleans in the 1910s, by the 1920s the music had become urban and a part of a new African American cultural vanguard taking shape in Harlem.  This course looks at jazz as the musical soundtrack to the Harlem Renaissance, one of the most important cultural movements of the twentieth century.  Study composers including Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, Mary Lou Williams, Eubie Blake, and others.  

Schedule : Weekly - Tue 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM; 2 sessions; starting 3/27/2018, ending 4/10/2018 ; Class Skip Dates : (No class on 4/3/2018)

Tuition: $50.00

Location : Scarsdale High School Location : 
  Scarsdale High School.

Instructor : Daniel Blake 



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The Metropolitan Opera’s Emmy Award-winning series, The Met: Live in HD, continues its performances at your local movie theater, including these operas this fall and winter: Join us in advance of each screening for a lively discussion of each opera’s history, highlights, libretto, and cultural and social significance.  After this engaging preview, illustrated with video and audio samples, students will get the most out of viewing the opera performances on their own. Luisa Miller on April 10    

Schedule : Weekly - Fri 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM; starting 4/13/2018, ending 4/13/2018

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Tuition: $25.00

Location : Hoff-Barthelson Music School Location : 
  Hoff-Barthelson Music School.

Instructor : Charles Coleman 



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To celebrate the turn of the season, this class will listen to and examine a variety of music inspired by spring, including Aaron Copland’s “Appalachian Spring” (orchestral suite), Frederick Delius’s “On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring,” Robert Schumann’s Symphony No 1, Op 38 (“Spring Symphony”), Igor Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring,” and, the most famous of all, Antonio Vivaldi’s “Spring” from the Four Seasons.  

Schedule : Weekly - Tue 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM; 5 sessions; starting 4/17/2018, ending 5/15/2018

Tuition: $150.00

Location : Hitchcock Presbyterian Church Location : 
  Hitchcock Presbyterian Church.

Instructor : John T. King 



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Through the mid-1900s, the Great American Songbook emerged out of Broadway musicals, film, and other entertainment genres.  But it was often jazz musicians that recorded definitive versions of these songs.  Beginning with a history of major American songwriters, this course will turn to the jazz musicians who reimagined and immortalized their work.  Performers surveyed will include major singers and instrumentalists of the twentieth century such as Louis Armstrong, Billy Holiday, Frank Sinatra, Miles Davis, and Charlie Parker.  These artists were true musical personalities, each possessing a unique charisma they cultivated through the Great American Songbook.  

Schedule : Weekly - Tue 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM; 2 sessions; starting 4/17/2018, ending 4/24/2018

Tuition: $50.00

Location : Scarsdale High School Location : 
  Scarsdale High School.

Instructor : Daniel Blake 



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