Arizona Musicfest hosts renowned music and education professionals in our lecture series. Topics range from concert previews to general music interest.

Lectures on Music take place in the Arizona Musicfest Community Room: 7518 E Elbow Bend Rd. Carefree, AZ 85377. Lectures are typically 75 minutes and cover a wide range of topics related to the Arizona Musicfest Festival Season. Dates, Topics, and Presenters may be found below. For information on the Musicfest U four-part lecture series, please scroll below the following calendar:

Monday, November 5th, 2:00pm: Doo-Wop Music and "American Grafitti" with Dr. Keith Kelly, The Nash(Inspired by Musicfest Performers The Bronx Wanderers)

Monday, January 21st, 2:00pm: Brazilian Jazz Music of the mid-1900s with Dr. Devon Bridgewater, Nuance Jazz. (Inspired by Musicfest Performers Herb Alpert and Lani Hall)

Tuesday, February 5th, 2:00pm: Festival Sinfonia Concert Preview: Bach, Tchaikovsky, and Gjeilo with Fran Rosenthal, Musicfest Program Annotator

Thursday, February 7th, 2:00pm: Festival Orchestra Concert Preview: Rossini, Dvořák, and Beethoven with Ben Baer, Musicfest Manager of Education, Youth Performance, and Community Programming

Tuesday, February 12th, 2:00pm: Festival Orchestra Concert Preview: Stephenson, Verdi, and Respighi with Fran Rosenthal, Musicfest Program Annotator

Tuesday, February 12th, 3:30pm: Festival Orchestra Pops Preview: Transcribing Popular Music with Ben Baer, Musicfest Manager of Education, Youth Performance, and Community Programming

Thursday, February 14th, 2:00pm: Festival Orchestra - Violins of Hope Concert Preview: The Significant Role of the Violin in Jewish Culture with Allan Naplan, Musicfest Executive and Producing Director

Monday, March 4th, 2:00pm: Great Jazz Orchestras of the 1900s with Dr. Keith Kelly, The Nash (Inspired by Musicfest Performers The Count Basie Orchestra)

FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA WEEK PRE-CONCERT TALKS

Facilitated by Ben Baer, Manager of Education, Youth Performance, and Community Programming, Festival Orchestra Pre-Concert Talks illumate the corresponding concert through lecture, audio samples, interviews, and interactive Q&A.

Unless otherwise noted, Pre-Concert Talks take place one hour before downbeat during Festival Orchestra week in the Fellowship Hall at La Casa de Cristo Lutheran Church, 6300 E Bell Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85254. For a campus map, click here

Sunday, February 17th, 2:00pm: Bach, Tchaikovsky, and Gjeilo. (at Pinnacle Presbyterian Church: 25150 N Pima Rd. Scottsdale, AZ 85255)

Tuesday, February 19th, 6:30pm: Rossini, Dvořák, and Beethoven

Thursday, February 21st, 6:30pm: Ryan Anthony and Pines of Rome

Friday, Feburary 22nd, 6:30pm: Fesitval Pops with Simply Three

Sunday, February 24th, 2:00pm: Violins of Hope

Please contact Ben Baer, Manager of Education, Youth Performance, and Community Programming at Ben@azmusicfest.org with questions or click here to RSVP.

MUSICFEST U


Musicfest U will meet Fridays between January 25th and February 15th at 10:00am in the Arizona Musicfest Community Room: 7518 E Elbow Bend Rd. Ste. A-5, Carefree, AZ 85377.


Friday, January 25, 10:00am: Part I


Friday, February 1, 10:00am: Part II


Friday, February 8, 10:00am: Part III


Friday, February 15, 10:00am: Part IV


Be sure to attend the February 19th, 2019 Festival Orchestra concert, at 7:30pm at La Casa de Cristo Church!


Please contact Ben Baer, Manager of Education, Youth Performance, and Community Programming at Ben@azmusicfest.org with questions or click here to RSVP.


 




  

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Musicfest U, part of our Lectures on Music series, is led this season by Dr. Nathan Botts from the MIM. Each section will delve deeply into a movement of Dvořák’s Ninth Symphony, “From the New World.” Participants will couch the Ninth in its historical context, explore the rudiments of traditional Symphonic form, and examine Dvořák’s compositional process within those contexts. Participants are highly encouraged, though not required, to attend all four sessions, and we request interested participants to RSVP at the bottom of this page to help us properly set up the class space.