Regathering in August 2021!

We are excited to invite patrons back to the Community Room for Learning and Performance starting in August of 2021! Small in-person and online cohorts of Music and Muffins continued to meet during the COVID-19 pandemic, but we are excited to once again build community through the Joy of Music!

Details for Music and Muffins

  • Sessions are Wednesdays from 10-11:30am.
  • All surfaces (including restrooms) will be disinfected before and after sessions.
  • Preferred Parking is in the lot Northeast of the Musicfest Main Offices. We ask that attendees enter through the rear Community Room Entrance, not through the Main Administrative Entrance.
  • Complimentary muffins and coffee will be provided at each session
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Summer Session 1 – Early Works of Beethoven

August 11, 2021
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Join us for the first session of our Classical Music Unit featuring some of the early works of the Maestro, Ludwig van Beethoven! Inspired by our upcoming presentation of his Ninth Symphony, we’ll take a look at a few of the early works of his catalog. Curious about these works? Be sure to check out our upcoming lecture where we’ll bring in a replica of the Fortepiano of Beethoven’s day with local artist Eckart Sellheim:

Find the playlist below, and email musicalive@azmusicfest.org with any additions!

Summer Session 2 – Baroque Concertos

August 25, 2021
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For the second session of our Classical Music Unit, we’ll explore Baroque Concertos inspired by Sarah Chang’s upcoming performance of JS Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins and Orchestra. While less grand in scope than their Romantic descendants, Baroque concerti still highlight breathtaking virtuosity and demonstrate incredibly tight technique. Enjoy the playlist below and come share your takeaways and favorites in our August 25th session. Curious about the incredible virtuosity of these performers? Check out our Baroque music lecture with improvisation specialist Ashley Oakley on August 27!

Email musicalive@azmusicfest.org with any additions or questions!

 

Classic Great American Songbook

September 1, 2021
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Our first playlist in our month considering the Great American Songbook features some of the most iconic recordings of some of our favorite songs! We’ll refamiliarize ourselves with the sounds and icons of the Songbook, and chat about our favorites. We’ll hear from Sinatra, Ella, Billie, and Bobby, and so many others! Find the playlist below; we’ll see you online on the first!

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Same Song: I Get a Kick Out of YOu

THURSDAY September 9, 2021
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One of the things that makes the songs of the Great American Songbook so incredible is the wide array of performers that are inspired to put their unique stamp on them. From Broadway Icons to Vegas Crooners, and from Blues and Soul Superstars to Jazz Legends, musicians always manage to find themselves in these pieces. Our second playlist of September takes one tune: Cole Porter’s “I Get a Kick Out of You,” from¬†Anything Goes,¬†and includes a number of interpretations. As you listen through, identify which is your favorite, which might be your least favorite, and which might be the most curious or interesting. We’re going to consider what it is that makes each of these recordings so special while learning more about our personal musical tastes!

Have a favorite version not included on the list? Email musicalive@azmusicfest.org and we’ll add it to the list!

Unexpected Great American Songbook

September 15, 2021
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Our third playlist of September includes a number of “unexpected” recordings of Great American Songbook tunes. While these might not be as familiar to our ears, our hope with this playlist is to consider, at their core, what makes these songs so successful even in styles that go beyond their typical genre. We’ll hear disco and rock, bossa nova and zydeco, and lots in between! Be ready to be stunned, and share your thoughts when we meet on the 15th!

Any additions we missed? Email musicalive@azmusicfest.org and we’ll add them!