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In celebration of Scarsdale Adult School’s 80th birthday, we will explore great pieces of music that share the same opus number: Opus 80.  These varied works run the gamut from large-scale orchestral pieces, to intimate chamber works, to works with chorus and piano.  Some of the works to be examined include Brahms’s Academic Festival Overture, Fauré’s Pelléas et Mélisande, Mendelssohn’s String Quartet No. 6 in F Minor, Schumann’s Piano Trio No. 2 in F Major, and Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy.  

Schedule : Weekly - Tue 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM; 4 sessions; starting 9/25/2018, ending 10/16/2018

Tuition: $120.00

Location : Hitchcock Presbyterian Church Location : 
  Hitchcock Presbyterian Church.

Instructor : John T. King 



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Few American composers have contributed as much to Broadway and Hollywood musicals as Jerome Kern.  With unforgettable songs such as “The Way You Look Tonight,” “All the Things You Are,” “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes,” and “Old Man River,” Kern has left an indelible mark on the history of popular music in America.  To provide a nostalgic retrospective on his career, this program will draw on the talents of such notable artists as Judy Garland, Howard Keel, Kathryn Grayson, Rebecca Luker, Paul Robeson, and Irene Dunne.  Join us and revel in some of the greatest melodies of the Great American Songbook.  

Schedule : Weekly - Wed 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM; starting 9/26/2018, ending 9/26/2018

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 9/26/2018, ending 12/12/2018 ; Class Skip Dates : (No class on 10/17/2018, 11/21/2018)

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Tuition: $275.00

Location : Scarsdale High School Location : 
  Scarsdale High School.

Instructor : Jennifer Tibbetts 



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The all-star Hoff Barthelson School of Music jazz faculty plays everything from standards to freshly minted compositions.  Performers are:  Ed Palermo, sax; Rolf Sturm, guitar/bass; Glenn Rhian, drums; Bill Komaiko and James Weidman, piano.  

Schedule : Weekly - Fri 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM; starting 9/28/2018, ending 9/28/2018

Tuition: $20.00

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

Instructor : N.A. 



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Are you an avid classical music listener enchanted but a little baffled by how a composer does it? How is a composer able to hear and write down music for so many different instruments without knowing how to play them all?  This course will unravel the mystery of the art of composing pieces for symphony orchestra by listeningto recordings and examining the music.  Students will learn how the conductor’s score serves as an architectural blueprint of sound.  An elementary knowledge of musical notation is helpful for course participants but not essential. MARK N. GRANT won a special 2006 Friedheim Award for his orchestral cantata, The Rose of Tralee.  He is the author of two ASCAP Deems Taylor Award-winning books, Maestros of the Pen: A History of Classical Music in America and The Rise and Fall of the Broadway Musical.  A pianist and organist, Grant is also Vice-President of The International Percy Grainger Society in White Plains and author of many articles and program notes for the Kurt Weill Foundation.  He has been a frequent annotator and musical journalist for Opera (UK), NewMusicBox, the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, and other publications.  His music appears on Albany Records.  

Schedule : Weekly - Tue 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM; starting 10/2/2018, ending 10/2/2018

Tuition: $25.00

Location : Scarsdale High School Location : 
  Scarsdale High School.

Instructor : Mark Grant 



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In the first weeks of 1938, clarinetist and bandleader Benny Goodman made history by becoming the first artist to bring jazz to Carnegie Hall.  As America’s most iconic venue for highbrow European music, Carnegie Hall was still off limits to a generation of African American musicians living in Harlem, whose central aim was gaining cultural legitimacy through their art.  This course will look at the musical community surrounding Goodman’s 1938 concert and the wider struggle to transform jazz into a concert music.  In addition to Goodman, musicians covered will include Duke Ellington, Fletcher Henderson, Mary Lou Williams, and others.  

Schedule : Weekly - Fri 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM; 2 sessions; starting 10/5/2018, ending 10/12/2018

Tuition: $50.00

Location : Hitchcock Presbyterian Church Location : 
  Hitchcock Presbyterian Church.

Instructor : Daniel Blake 



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Get the insider’s view of Lincoln Center, home to the New York Philharmonic, New York City Ballet, Metropolitan Opera, Chamber Music Society, Lincoln Center Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and more. People come from the world over to experience every genre of the performing arts in one place. Its 16-acre campus houses this iconic destination’s past and present, and highlights hidden gems little known to even the most frequent visitors.

Schedule : Weekly - Thu 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM; starting 10/11/2018, ending 10/11/2018

Tuition: $35.00

Location : T.B.D. Location : 
  T.B.D..

Instructor : N.A. 



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Claude Debussy was one of the most subversive of all composers, yet his sensuously-colored, finely-detailed music has enchanted and inspired listeners and composers alike around the world in the 100 years since his death. He transformed the ambiguity, audacity, and complexity of the late nineteenth century French impressionist painters and symbolist poets into a magical, mysterious sound world that propelled music into the modern era. Thoroughly reimagining the three fundamental building blocks of music — melody, harmony, and rhythm — he wrote some of the most forward-sounding compositions of all time. This fascinating journey leads us from Debussy’s youthful compositions, inspired by Chopin, Massenet, and other Romantic masters, through his post-Wagnerian evolution, to his exquisite, epigrammatic, and often enigmatic final works.

Schedule : Weekly - Fri 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM; starting 10/12/2018, ending 10/12/2018

Tuition: $25.00

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

Instructor : Michael Boriskin 



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The Ying Quartet occupies a position of unique prominence in the classical music world, combining electrifying performances with a fearlessly imaginative view of chamber music in today’s world.  Now in its second decade as a quartet, the Ying has established itself as an internationally celebrated ensemble playing the world’s most important concert halls; and their belief that concert music can be an integral part of community life has drawn the ensemble to take on unconventional projects and perform in diverse settings.  Their much-heralded collaboration with the Turtle Island Quartet won a Grammy Award in 2005, and a collaboration with the Billy Childs Chamber Jazz Ensemble was nominated for a Grammy in 2010.  The Ying Quartet’s Dim Sum features music by Chinese-American composers that merges the Western string quartet with the aural world of traditional Chinese music.  The Ying maintains full-time faculty positions at The Eastman School of Music, where they are currently Quartet-in-Residence.  

Schedule : Weekly - Sun 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM; starting 10/14/2018, ending 10/14/2018

Tuition: $40.00

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

Instructor : N.A. 



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On December 23, 1938, jazz impresario John Hammond staged the first of his From Spirituals to Swing concerts at Carnegie Hall, presenting a range of authentic black music to an integrated audience.  The concert was among the first to be financed by New Masses, the journal of the United States Communist Party, which positioned the concert squarely in one of the hottest political battles of the 1930s.  This course will examine the fascinating and diverse program that bridged a racial divide, but also sparked an enduring controversy as to the proper role for jazz music in the American politics.  

Schedule : Weekly - Fri 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM; 2 sessions; starting 10/19/2018, ending 10/26/2018

Tuition: $50.00

Location : Hitchcock Presbyterian Church Location : 
  Hitchcock Presbyterian Church.

Instructor : Daniel Blake 



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2018 marks the centennial of the birth of the legendary Leonard Bernstein, arguably the foremost figure in American music during the twentieth century.  His work as a composer, pianist, author, music lecturer, and longtime conductor, primarily with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, cemented his reputation worldwide as one of the most talented and successful musicians America has ever produced.  The major portion of this presentation will be devoted to excerpts from an outstanding documentary on his career from the PBS “American Masters” series.  In addition, students will have an opportunity to enjoy video segments of Bernstein conducting Symphonic Dances from his masterpiece “West Side Story” as well as an amazing dual role as pianist and conductor during a performance of George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue.”  

Schedule : Weekly - Wed 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM; starting 10/24/2018, ending 10/24/2018

Tuition: $25.00

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

Instructor : Richard Knox 



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On the 100th anniversary of the death of Claude Debussy, known to many as the greatest French impressionist composer, faculty members from Hoff Barthelson School of Music will be performing works for flute, piano, violin, cello and voice.  

Schedule : Weekly - Fri 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM; starting 10/26/2018, ending 10/26/2018

Tuition: $20.00

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

Instructor : N.A. 



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