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Ludwig van Beethoven’s string quartets are a musical diary of his ever-changing, ever-evolving compositional technique and expressive priorities.  They also mirror his tumultuous inner life and the turbulent European world in which Beethoven lived.  Beethoven’s string quartets lie at the very center of the concert repertoire and remain the single most varied and influential set of quartets composed in the nineteenth century.  This semester’s examination will focus on the intellectual and creative development of the composer’s later works.  New and returning students are welcome.  

Schedule : Weekly - Tue 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM; 6 sessions; starting 3/21/2017, ending 5/2/2017 ; Class Skip Dates : (No class on 4/11/2017)

Tuition: $120.00

Location : Hitchcock Presbyterian Church Location : 
  Hitchcock Presbyterian Church.

Instructor : John T. King 



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Currently in its 41st concert season, the American String Quartet (ASQ) is internationally recognized as one of the world's finest ensembles and has spent decades honing the luxurious sound for which it is famous.  Well known for its exceptional recordings of quartets by European masters and American composers, the ASQ’s recordings of the complete Mozart string quartets on a matched set of Stradivarius instruments are widely held to set the standard for this repertoire.  Formed in 1974 when its original members were students at the Juilliard School, the ASQ was launched by winning both the Coleman Competition and the Naumburg Chamber Music Award in the same year.  Since that time, the ASQ has continued to delight audiences across the globe with their outstanding performances.  Please join us for this final concert of the 2016-2017 season.  Meet the musicians (Peter Winograd, violin; Laurie Carney, violin; Daniel Avshaolomov, viola; Wolfram Koessel, cello) and enjoy refreshments at the post-concert reception.

Schedule : Weekly - Sun 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM; starting 4/9/2017, ending 4/9/2017

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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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This course delves into the genre of classic rock as a repository of spiritually contemplative material.  Indulge your passion for classic rock songs while exploring the lyrics’ deeper meanings that invite a conversation about the meaning of life; the fight for justice and peace; and death/afterlife.  Pair musical selections with texts from the world’s religions and secular literature.  

Schedule : Weekly - Wed 7:45 PM - 9:15 PM; 3 sessions; starting 4/19/2017, ending 5/3/2017

Tuition: $75.00

Location : Scarsdale Synagogue  Location : 
  Scarsdale Synagogue .

Instructor : Jeffrey Brown 



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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 spring: La Traviata, Eugene Onegin, and Der Rosenkavalier. 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.

Schedule : Weekly - Thu 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM; starting 4/20/2017, ending 4/20/2017

Please read: Eugene Onegin

Tuition: $25.00

Location : Scarsdale High School Location : 
  Scarsdale High School.

Instructor : Charles Coleman 



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Great choreographers understand not only the craft of physical movement but also the music that belongs with it.  Sometimes the use of music demonstrates great wit.  In other instances, the combination of music and dance achieves new spiritual and reverential highs.  This course will examine how twentieth century choreographers such as George Balanchine, Paul Taylor, and Twyla Tharp utilize the dramatic and melodic power of classical music compositions.  

Schedule : Weekly - Wed 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM; 3 sessions; starting 4/26/2017, ending 5/10/2017

Tuition: $75.00

Location : Scarsdale Public Library Location : 
  Scarsdale Public Library.

Instructor : Saul Spangenberg 



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From Hildegard von Bingen in the 12th century through to the present day, women have made a significant contribution to classical music which has often been overlooked. We will look at the lives and music of what might be considered the top five women composers of the past -- Hildegard von Bingen, Clara Schumann, Fanny Mendelssohn, Amy Beach and Lili Boulanger.

Schedule : Weekly - Tue 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM; 4 sessions; starting 5/9/2017, ending 5/30/2017

Tuition: $100.00

Location : Hitchcock Presbyterian Church Location : 
  Hitchcock Presbyterian Church.

Instructor : John T. King 



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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 spring: La Traviata, Eugene Onegin, and Der Rosenkavalier. 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.

Schedule : Weekly - Thu 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM; starting 5/11/2017, ending 5/11/2017

Please read: Der Rosenkavalier

Tuition: $25.00

Location : Scarsdale High School Location : 
  Scarsdale High School.

Instructor : Charles Coleman 



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Despite the passing over the last decade of such legendary figures as Luciano Pavarotti, Joan Sutherland, and Beverly Sills, the world of opera has been blessed with a new generation of outstanding male and female vocalists who are currently enthralling audiences at opera houses around the world.  This program will include recorded performances by many of these great talents, including Elina Garanca, Juan Diego Florez, Bryan Hymel, Anna Netrebko, Joyce DiDonato, Rolando Villazon, and Dmitri Hvorostovsky.  Come join fellow opera devotee Richard Knox to watch these amazing artists sing outstanding arias by such renowned composers as Puccini, Verdi, Bizet, and Gounod.  

Schedule : Weekly - Wed 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM; starting 5/17/2017, ending 5/17/2017

Tuition: $25.00

Location : Scarsdale Public Library Location : 
  Scarsdale Public Library.

Instructor : Richard Knox 



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Cristiana Pegoraro will explore the Four Seasons, the secret symbolism behind the score, the images of nature, and the poems which inspired the music.  She will then perform them in her innovative version for solo piano.  The performance will be enhanced by a beautiful picture galleries inspired by the music, created exclusively for the show by renown photographer Mino La Franca.  The evening provides an innovative way to deepen the knowledge of one of the most famous classical masterworks.  Join us to explore the music and enrich your soul.  

Schedule : Weekly - Tue 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM; starting 5/23/2017, ending 5/23/2017

Tuition: $25.00

Location : Scarsdale Public Library Location : 
  Scarsdale Public Library.

Instructor : Cristiana Pegoraro 



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The use of music to accompany motion pictures has been a tradition in Hollywood dating back to the silent film era when pianos and organs were commonplace in theaters.  Movie directors working closely with composers have continually attempted to enhance their films with musical scores and specific motifs that help us identify with particular characters or that add an atmospheric tone to certain scenes.  With the passage of time, many of these film scores have become iconic.  Who can imagine, for example, Gone With The Wind without Max Steiner’s “Tara’s Theme” or the conclusion of The Natural without Randy Newman’s uplifting score?  This program will examine how, through the assistance of outstanding music composers such as John Williams, Maurice Jarre, and Dmitri Tiomkin, great directors such as Steven Spielberg, David Lean, and William Wyler teamed to make filmgoers laugh and cry or add the elements of fear or suspense while creating some of the most memorable motion pictures in the history of Hollywood.  

Schedule : Weekly - Tue 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM; starting 6/13/2017, ending 6/13/2017

Tuition: $25.00

Location : Scarsdale Public Library Location : 
  Scarsdale Public Library.

Instructor : Richard Knox 



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